Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
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Upcoming Programs



Music on Main
On Thursdays in September, 5-6pm
We will participate in Music on Main in September! We'll stay open until 6:00 on Thursdays for the month. Enjoy walking around downtown Canton each week catching performances of live music in front of Main St. businesses.

Gretchen Koehler and Don Woodcook will perform outside The TAUNY Center on September 23.


At the peak of the summer time, while everything is so green and lush, we paid a visit to herbalist, native plant conservationist, and TAUNY North Country Living Traditions Award recipient Jane Desotellle in Plattsburgh, NY for our Grow and Tell video project. Watch this video here, see how Jane grows her wild edible and medicinal garden, and listen to the stories that she shares about family, friends, traditions, and plants.
Tending the Wild Edible Garden with Jane Desotelle

Michale Glennon, Ray Brook, has found a way to combine her love of science and of fiber arts. Join us on Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m. for a conversation with Michale about her project Wool and Water (see details about the related exhibit below), an innovative approach to presenting what scientific studies are finding out about the health of Adirondack lakes. We'll look at some of the beautiful fiber pieces Michale has made, talk about what they mean for water quality in the Adirondacks, and hear from Michale how others can get involved in this project.
Photo Caption: Michale Glennon at a fiber event in July, 2021.

Wool and Water
New exhibit in the upper level gallery, September 8 - 25, 2021
Brought to us by Scientist Michale Glennon, Wool and Water is a data art project that blends fiber art with scientific data to create visual representations of changing water quality conditions in the Adirondacks.

In association with the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute has embarked on a collaborative fiber arts project supported by the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership to showcase the legacy of protecting clean water in the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond. 

Michale Glennon serves as the Science Director for AWI. She has conducted ecological research in the Adirondack Park for more than two decades and has been knitting for almost four decades. This exhibit will open on September 8 and close on September 25, 2021. 
Photo caption: Dissolved Oxygen Mat, a representation of the dissolved oxygen profile from June – November 2017 in the South Basin of Upper Saranac Lake, made by Michale Glennon.

Data from Laxson et al. 2018, State of the Lake Report, Upper Saranac Lake, see here.
Improvised pattern by using the free online resource Stitch Fiddle, see here, to convert the bottom right image in Figure 5 to a stitch pattern. It was then knitted and felted by hand.
Email Michale at, find her on Ravelry and Instagram at mjglenno, and watch AWI on social media for information about the project!

Seed-Saving Walk and Talk with Dan Kelleher and Rachael Jones at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY)
In this final garden visit of the 2021 Grow and Tell Project series, the community is invited to participate in a walk and discussion at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY) focused on ideas and practices of seed-saving. Saving seed that’s been reproduced is essential for continued eating as well as for preserving varieties of food that have special meaning to individuals, communities, and the region. Hear from littleGrasse farmers Bob Washo and Flip Filippi and others about what they do with saving seed, how, and why, and join in a conversation about this vital topic while having a chance to see some examples of what the process looks like on a working farm.

Special guests will include Dan Kelleher, a North Country homesteader of over 40 years who has long been breeding his own corn and soy varieties for his subsistence diet and sharing knowledge about it with students and others, and Rachael Jones, a ceramics and mixed media artist, St. Lawrence University Art professor, and founder of The Seed Bank Project, creating and planting unique seed banks to preserve not only important seeds but a record of local ecologies and the stories that go with them. The event will also include planting of one of these seed banks containing seeds contributed by the day’s presenters. 

For this event, there is a “pay as you will” suggested donation of $0-25 to support TAUNY’s ongoing programs and projects, including the Grow and Tell Project. Please register for this event here.

Photo captions: Left to right, Eagle & stars; Four Flower Baskets; Mama & Baby Bear
In association with TAUNY's 35th year anniversary, Board Member Ruth McWilliams designed, painted and donated three barn quilts to raffle in support of TAUNY's programs and operations. The designs were all inspired by objects in our current exhibition Folk Arts All Around Us. Tickets are $35 each, 5 tickets maximum per person. ONLY 35 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR EACH BARN QUILT.

The retail value of each barn quilt is $350. The drawing will take place once all 35 tickets are sold or on October 25, 2021 after the Folk Arts All Around Us exhibit closes (whichever comes first). Winner need not be present to win. To purchase tickets, please visit the Folkstore, or mail payment to TAUNY, 53 Main St., Canton, NY 13617. You can see the barn quilts on display in The TAUNY Center. They are very impressive in person!

Grow &Tell Kitchen Demo: Poppa’s Garlic with Rose Rivezzi
September 24th, 11:30am-1pm, at The TAUNY Center Kitchen
Join us in the TAUNY kitchen as Rose Rivezzi of Big Spoon Kitchen (Potsdam, NY) shares family food and garden stories and demonstrates some favorite home cooking--garlicky greens and more--using her father’s garlic, the story of which she shared with us recently for the Grow and Tell Project. Take-away tasting samples will be available following the demonstration.
The Grow and Tell Project is made possible by a grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation. Thanks also to littleGrasse Community Farm for contributing produce and more to this and other Grow and Tell Programs.
Photo Caption: Rose Rivezzi of Big Spoon Kitchen (Potsdam, NY). Courtesy of Rose Rivezzi.

Folk Arts All Around Us

New Exhibit Showcases Folk Art from Glens Falls Collection


Bald Eagle woodcarving by Alan Hill (Gansevoort, Saratoga County, NY).

The current exhibition at The TAUNY Center is featuring over 120 items from the folk art collection of the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY. Folk Arts All Around Us is open at The TAUNY Center. Curated by Folklife Center Director Todd DeGarmo, who has had primary vision and responsibility for building the collection during his long tenure at the Center, the exhibition is a colorful and varied display that demonstrates DeGarmo's eclectic approach to collecting. Ranging from exquisitely fine wood carvings to bright Papier-mâché festival masks, the selections include items that reflect the rural context in which DeGarmo works, such as a turkey call and hand-knit mittens. Baskets have been a focus of the collection; visitors to the exhibition will see stunning examples. Dolls have also been a focus, and examples representing different cultural backgrounds are included in the exhibition. Folk Arts All Around Us will be on display through October 23. Due to the pandemic, there will not be an opening reception on February 13, but there are plans to schedule a reception with DeGarmo later in the year.


If you are not able to visit us in person just yet, watch the videos below to enjoy the exhibition and the stories behind some of the pieces.
Walk through Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition with Curator Todd DeGarmo
A Walk through the Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition
Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition Virtual Event: A Discussion with Curator Todd DeGarmo
Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition Virtual Event: A Discussion with Curator Todd DeGarmo


A “Grow and Tell Project Call: Share Your Story! 

Will you be growing anything this year that is connected to your personal, family, community, or cultural food traditions? 
As part of our collaboration with littleGrasse Foodworks Community Farm on the 2021 “Grow and Tell Project”, we’re looking to learn about how the food we grow reflects and helps sustain our food traditions. From a single potted plant to small kitchen gardens to homestead plots and everything in between—we’d love to hear your stories of the food you grow, the meaningful meals you make with it, and more! Drop us a line at or 315-386-4289.
Photo Captions: Starting top left, moving clockwise: First fresh greens of the season in the littleGrasse Foodworks Community Farm greenhouse, March 2021. Growing and preserving food are important North Country traditions. Over the years, Dawn Atkinson of Pierrepont, NY (TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipient) has regularly preserved hundreds of jars of vegetables, meat, jams, pickles, and more in a season, all from her farm and garden. Rosemary growing in the TAUNY Center classroom window.

“Folk to Table” Project


You know we at TAUNY have always loved food--we love learning about people’s food traditions and practices, from recipes treasured over generations to new family favorites that shine a light on stories and experiences important to North Country life. And we love sharing food with you--at events, gathered round our own TAUNY Kitchen counter, and through stories, photos, and videos online.

So in some ways, it’s nothing new for us to be focused on food--from the abundance of foodlore that’s come up in our varied research projects, to the award-winning Good Food, Served Right cookbook and smaller recipe gathering projects, to the opening of The TAUNY Center Kitchen, to the work of Kitchen Specialist Teresa Stone over 2020 and the regular contributions of many volunteers, interns, and project participants--and of course the years of sharing delicious and meaningful tastes of food traditions at countless programs.

Going forward, we’re thrilled to have the chance to build on all this and more by diving into our new “Folk to Table'' Project. Over the coming months, Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati will be shifting focus to this project in order to develop TAUNY’s work with the food traditions of the region and all who live here. 

The initiative will include things such as: ongoing research into regional food culture and the food traditions individuals and communities carry on throughout the North Country; projects and presentations featuring these food traditions; live (in-person and/or virtual) cooking demonstrations and workshops; videos and other social media features; and more. As we get this initiative going, we’re especially excited to start with a 2021 partnership with littleGrasse Community Farm to highlight the connections between food-growing practices and the food traditions they reflect and sustain. This project will feature food-growing both at littleGrasse and in personal gardens around the area and beyond. Stay tuned for more about this project, and let us know (at if you grow food (whether a single herb or crops that help sustain you) to help support your own food traditions and would like to share your story--and maybe a glimpse of your garden and the dishes you make with ingredients from it--for this project!

As with all our work, this is a community project--learning about, documenting, sharing, and celebrating the food traditions of our region begins with you! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks and months for calls to share stories, recipes, traditions, and more. And meanwhile drop us a line any time at if you want to let us know about your own food traditions--or anything food culture-related you see around you that you think we should know about--or if you’d like to get involved in the program as a volunteer or intern. 

Pictured: Camilla happily dives into the wonderful Adirondack Cookbook by Hallie Bond and Stephen Topper, to brush up on some research--and maybe decide on a dinner plan--as she starts shifting her focus to North Country foodways.

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