Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Peaceful Death Valley NP Showcased at Gallery 54

“I was literally and figuratively blown away during my recent visit to Death Valley National Park,” says Tom Dwyer, a Gallery 54 photography artist. “I traveled to the famous park in Southern California, and just north and west of Las Vegas, NV for a photography class being conducted by noted photography artist Guy Tal. I had little real interest in the park itself,” Dwyer notes, “until the 115 mile drive from Las Vegas to Stovepipe Wells Village in the park changed all that.”

Mosaic Canyon
He was blown away by the “park's grandeur, vastness, and peacefulness,” he says adding, “ I quickly felt challenged to try and capture as much of the 5,000 square mile park's character as I could in my brief visit.” Thus the name for Dwyer's show opening May 5 at Gallery 54, Peaceful Valley – one man's visit to Death Valley National Park.

Dwyer's photography has been part Gallery 54 for almost five years. “It's a misnomer,” he says, “to suggest that I've been self taught, despite the fact that I don't have any formal education in photography. But, in reality we are all taught by those who have gone before us as well as others who are running the same race we are.” He says he's been fortunate to be able to learn from classes and workshops conducted by top nature photographers including luminaries like Guy Tal, George Lepp, and Margo Pinkerton.
Mesquite Sand Dunes

I think we also have to recognize the impact of photographs we see in magazines, in galleries like Gallery 54, at art shows and in the work of fellow photographers on our own efforts,” he says.

Besides his photography, Dwyer is known for the photography workshops he leads, primarily in the Fingerlakes and Adirondack regions of New York. “We can't forget that as workshop leaders, we also benefit from each workshop we conduct because of our exposure to the work of students and the opportunity the workshops present for us to help others stretch in their photography . . . which often leads to learning opportunities for us as well,” he notes.
Ubehebe Crater

Dwyer's photography has been featured in venues as diverse as the Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, NY; the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY; and galleries and stores through-out upstate New York.

The Death Valley images that Dwyer will exhibit will all be available for purchase as custom giclee´ prints as well as for custom framing.

Gallery 54 will open Peaceful Valley – one man's visit to Death Valley National Park from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, May 5. The special show will run through the end of May.

Toro RunWinery from Ovid, NY is scheduled to conduct wine tastings during the show opening and light refreshments will be served. Gallery 54 is an upscale venue for Central New York artists that showcases and sells unique, inspired, and timeless art in a diversity of mediums.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maffiori Joins Gallery 54

A copper fold formed cuff
Gallery 54 is pleased to announce that Lisa Maffiori has joined a growing list of artists the gallery represents, bringing with her a wonderful selection of custom designed jewelry.
Her jewelry making journey began as a relaxing hobby that she enjoyed with her sister. Not only did she look forward to their spending time together but the creative outlet of "playing with stone beads" became a weekly respite from a busy professional career.
Copper Ginko Earrings

Lucky Link Kyanite Necklace
"I began exploring different jewelry making techniques and my passion grew tenfold when I took my first metalsmithing course. It expanded my skills and mind and opened up the door to endless possibilities," she explained. While happiest forging and forming metal, the opportunity brought with it new techniques and an infinite opportunity for growth.

Reed Pearl Earrings
"My designs are refined, yet organic," she says, "reflecting the natural world in the combination of natural stones and organic metalwork." Her hope is that each piece she creates will bring the wearer "joy, confidence and a sense of unique beauty."

Lisa joins us beginning April first. So, stop by Gallery 54 and help us welcome her and her artful jewelry.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The rush is on for Valentine's Day

Pottery galore . . .
. . . ideal for Valentine's Day
and the red dots mean
you save.
Everyone at Gallery 54 is loading up the shelves for Valentine's Day and we've doubled-up on the importance of your next visit by launching our first ever Midwinter Sale. When you walk around the gallery, countless items that will make perfect Valentine's Day gifts attract your eye. To make your challenge even more interesting the gallery is literally festooned with red dots. Red dots that indicate the item is sporting a special, limited time (the end of February), 15% discount. Pictured here are just a couple examples . . . but really tempting ones.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Everything you could want in a rainbow

All I could think when Liz Micho showed me her new stained glass creation was, "everything you could want in a rainbow." The photo here doesn't really do it justice because of the gyrations I had to go through to photograph it without incorporating glare and reflections from the light flowing through Gallery 54's window as well as the overhead lights in the gallery.

Every color in this rainbow is waiting for your Valentine
At Gallery 54 we are often thinking of Liz's stained glass pieces as garden art because so much of it (not all, for sure) is designed and constructed specifically to add beauty and color to any garden. Certainly, this new piece will star in a garden if that's where someone wants to showcase it. But, her design will also garner a lot of compliments displayed in a picture window or maybe in your sunroom as well.

When we look at Liz's designs, they show off so well backlit in front of the gallery's window that overlooks Skaneateles Lake, we're able to focus our attention of her art and we just mentally block out the distractions that a camera records.

So, I guess you'll just have to come into the gallery and take a look for yourself. And, at the price she's put on it for February, I'm guessing you ought to come sooner rather than later. After all, the first one to claim it is going to be the one taking it home. Anyone want to make any bets whether stays in the Gallery until Valentine's Day?

Gallery 54 is open from 10 to 5 everyday except Tuesday, through-out February.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Day is Coming

If you are seeing spots now, wait until you see everything else.
It's definately not to early to be thinking about your Valentine and I don't care what they say on the radio and TV commercials. There are a lot more ways to your valentine's heart than roses or chocolate covered strawberries. Don't believe me? Just stop by Gallery 54 and see if you can convince yourself that the many interesting, beautiful and unique items we have won't do the trick. Then just remember how long those roses or strawberries will last. Your valentine will be remembering how you remembered, not just for a few days, but for weeks, months and even years.
Go ahead take a look. I dare you. Oh, and don't forget the gallery's first ever Midwinter Sales is still going on. How lucky are you?
Valentine jewelry like you've never dreamed!
Even a mosaic for her heart
Visit the Lake Room for stained glass
There is sure to be
something to warm his or
her heart.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Skaneateles Winterfest means savings

Gallery 54 will celebrate this year's Skaneateles Winterfest by beginning a month long (Jan 28 - Feb 28) Midwinter Sale as a means of showing our appreciation for the many customers we enjoy serving all year long.

February featured image: Limekiln Colors
Many artists will have special work available at a 15% discount to make the celebration even more valuable to all our visitors.

For example, Photographer Tom Dwyer will be featuring his photograph titled Limeliln Colors as the first in a new monthly series of ˆFeatured Images" and this month it will carry the 15% discount of the Midwinter Sale. In addition visitors will see a "Red Dot" on many of his prints. Many other artists will be following suit with 15% discounts on their work, so this is a great time to visit Skaneateles and Gallery 54.

Gallery 54 hours for January and February are: daily 10 am - 5 pm, closed Tuesdays. We will be happy to open by appointment on Tuesdays, just give us a call at 315-685-5470 on any other day to let us know when you would like to come in.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Photos of the First Day of Winter 2016/17

Last light on the first day of winter

Not only the first day of winter, but also the shortest daylight hours of 2016.

Gallery 54 artist/photographer Tom Dwyer braved the cold and wind on this first day of winter 2016/17 to  capture a couple images that he's making available in the Gallery beginning tomorrow, December 22. Stop by Gallery 54 on the 22nd or even the 23rd and Tom will do his best to have them custom framed in time for Christmas delivery.
The light at the end of the shortest day of 2016