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


"Get the Folk Through It" Pandemic Documentation Project

We want to hear about your experiences and creative responses over the past months and going forward, with the pandemic changing many of our daily ways, while also reinforcing our sense of what’s most familiar and important to us. Fill out a survey here to give us an idea of your experience, and stay tuned for more subject-specific surveys. You can also check out the project description here for more about what we're looking for and how to share it with us, and you can email us at any time with questions about the project, stories, further materials, or anything else you'd like to share that the survey doesn't cover.



Folkstore Artist Spotlight 

William Parmer

October 31 - November 28, 2020


TAUNY’s Fall Folkstore Artist Spotlight features paintings by artist William Parmer, a North Country resident since 1975. William grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and that background continues to influence the way he responds to local scenery. As a plein air painter, his work is made in all kinds of weather, year-round. William’s love of farm scenes - particularly barns - is evident in his work. When talking about barns, he likes to quote Wolf Kahn, who compared barns in America to temples in Greece and Rome. Another constant of Bill’s art is the woods and waters of the North Country, and how they affect human experience and life. Bill will be at TAUNY 1-3pm on opening day to speak with any people that are interested in chatting with his about plein air painting.

Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest Entry Drop-Off     


November 27 - December 1

Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2020 is… you tell us! In gingerbread! 2020 has been an experience, and it’s not over yet. For this year’s Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest theme of “2020,” TAUNY invites you to express something about 2020 in gingerbread. Home-school and office setups, sanitizer and supply shortages, hospitals and helpers, the special places you’ve been missing and the special places you’ve found over these unusual months... Did you spend more time at home, at camp, out paddling or hiking or exploring? Did you work on big home or garden projects? Did you get a quarantine puppy? If you could go anywhere in the world right now with no travel restrictions, where would you dream of going? TAUNY invites you to get creative and interpret the theme how you wish, using gingerbread to create a scene, a place, an item, or anything else that comes to mind that represents something especially meaningful or interesting to you about this year.

Submissions can be dropped off at The TAUNY Center during business hours Friday, November 27th through Tuesday, December 1st. As always, the Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display entries must be made of gingerbread baked from scratch and be entirely edible. Maximum base size is 20" x 20”. Please bring in your submission on a sturdy base of some kind. A registration form (available here and  in the North Country Folkstore) will include space for a brief description of the gingerbread house and/or a statement from the artist. Entries will be accepted and prizes awarded in four categories: adult (ages 18+), youth (12-17 with no adult help), children (under 12 with minimal adult help), and family/youth/community group. Entries created by groups are encouraged. Interested participants who wish to display their work but not enter the competition are also welcome.

The Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Display will open to the public and winners will be announced on Saturday, December 5. Visitors can see the gingerbread creations at The TAUNY Center and submit a vote for the People’s Choice Award through December 22. 

Since 2002, contestants from throughout the region have competed annually in various age categories as well as for the People's Choice Award, which is announced at the end of December. Past themes have included “on the farm,” myths and fairy tales, “where the music happens,” camps and cottages, local landmarks, children’s literature, and gingerbread around the world.The 2020 Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display are supported by underwriting from Stewart’s Shops.

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