Saturday, November 19, 2016

New looks for the Gallery



A small part of
Kathy's new look

We get a lot of compliments from our guests about how beautiful Gallery 54 always looks. Three of our owner members deserve the lion's share of the credit. Stained Glass artist Liz Micho, Jeweler Donna Smith and Ceramic and Mosaic Artist Terry Askey Cole are constantly on the lookout for ways to present artwork in the gallery to its best advantage. With the holiday season upon us the frenetic pace they normally maintain pales.
We're excited to show some
Kathy's newest work.

That started in earnest this week with Liz spending most of Friday figuring out how to fit the new work of many artists, who are stocking-up in anticipation of the season.

Between now and Thanksgiving the pace will pick-u[ even more and their creativity will come front and center as holiday decorating is added to their efforts to make sure each and every piece of fine art and craft is showcased to its best advantage.

Earlier this week Painter Kathy Schneider and Photographer Tom Dwyer undertook major moves at the gallery and Kathy's paintings now featured in the front of the gallery (across from the sales counter) and Tom's photography has found a new home on the east wall of the Lake Room.
Tom's new location allows him to feature larger pieces.
Already, both have received kudos from fellow artists and gallery guests alike.

We hope you'll stop by soon to see for yourself.

The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gourdlania Comes to Skaneateles

Graham Ottoson will be at Gallery 54 on Friday,
November 4, from 5 - 8 pm.

“I start with a gourd, a gourd is in the middle and I end up with a gourd. And, I try not to mess it up.” So says gourd artist Graham Ottoson by way of describing the artwork that will be featured by Gallery 54, here, beginning on the First Friday of November, November 4.

It's safe to say that Graham isn't overstating her creative efforts. It's equally save to say that those who visit Gallery 54 for November's First Friday opening of Graham's Gourdlandia show will likely find themselves standing in wonder at the creativity of a unique artist.

Graham was introduced to gourd-crafting by a fellow midwife who was dabbling in guard art. “Then, one day,” she recalls, “some gourds at a roadside stand caught my eye. I had to have them.” The very next year she was growing her own gourds and the rest is history. “The way my husband tells it, 'I came home one day and she was making a lamp out of a gourd,' “ she says.

Graham was attracted to gourd art by what she calls “the compelling shapeliness of gourds.” Some are perfectly round, others somewhat elongated, some pear-shaped, and some can only be described as irregular in shape. While the shape is certainly a key element in the design of the final work, how Graham adds her creative instincts to achieve the final product is really the soul of each presentation.

I get a particular joy out of creating lamps with my gourds,” she says. The special collaboration between her and each unique gourd is where the beauty of each creation is to be found. “To my knowledge, I'm the only person who is persistently making lamps where gourds are both the base and the shade of the lamp,” says Graham.

The work is so interesting,” she adds, “. . . growing, designing, waxing, scraping, carving, beading, etc. etc... I get to use skills that I've developed over a lifetime of dabbling, all in one medium. They (the gourds themselves, keep me interested. And then, there is the moment of turning on a lamp for the first time . . .”

Graham will be on hand at Gallery 54 to meet guests and discuss her work from 5-8 pm on Friday, November 4. Her work will be featured throughout the month of November.

Light refreshments will be served. Gallery 54 is located at 54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY.


November gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10-5 and Friday and Saturday, 10-6.
www.gallery54cny.com 315-685-5470.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gallery 54 artist makes it BIG

Jay Seaman and his eagle
There's more than one way someone can interpret the phrase "making it big" and, when applied to the latest piece of metal sculpted Jay Seaman, both are appropos. Jay, whose work has long been exhibited and available for purchase at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, not only sculpts very large pieces of various metals, his work is fast becoming a cause celebre as evidenced in the newly landed American Bald Eagle at the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, near Seneca Falls, NY.

On Tuesday, October 11, with the assistance of the refuge staff, the eagle "landed"  and Jay's reputation as a fine art metal sculptor took off . . . to even greater heights than before. Now Jay's bald eagle overlooks New York State's "main street," the Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, from its perch in the refuge.
The Eagle, just before "landing" at Montezuma
Wildlife Refuge
With a wingspan of 22-feet and weighing in at 1,300 pounds, Jay's eagle stands as a tribute to the efforts the refuge has made in the recovery of "America's bird" from near extinction in Upstate New York.

Jay began work on his large masterpiece early in Spring this year and was on hand to secure his creation into position in the wildlife refuge.  "We started out," recalls Seaman, "planning to sculpt a 10-foot eagle." Behind his home in Trumansburg, NY, he admits to having taken "some artist's license." As the individually hand-cut and hand-forged feathers began to pile up, he finally arrived at the point where each feather would be welded to the sculpture. That's when the eagle really spread its wings.
The Eagle lands at Montezuma 
An American Bald Eagle sculpted by Jay Seaman
To see more of Jay's creations visit Gallery 54, at 54 E. Genesee St. in Skaneateles, NY. The gallery is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lisa Jane Smith is October Gallery 54 Guest Artist


A quick visit to http://www.lisajanesmithart.com/ tells you what's important to know about Lisa Jane Smith. It's simple. It's clean. It's whimsical. It's fun. That pretty much describes her art, too.

Lisa Jane Smith
Lisa Jane refers to herself as “artist and maker of stuff.” How fun is that?

On Friday, October 7 Gallery 54 in Skaneateles will welcome a very special month-long show of Lisa's “therapy” product. In her own words, “Illustrating and painting have such a relaxing effect on me, it's my daily therapy.”

Hailing from Webster, NY, Lisa was raised in a creative environment by her seamstress and master carpenter parents to “be creative and imaginative with insane attention to detail. My Mom was the most creative person I ever met and was never afraid to try new things, but more importantly, she wasn't afraid to fails at them.” Both Lisa Jane's imagination and attention to detail can be readily seen in her art.

It would be difficult to be more straight-forward in describing her work than she is herself, calling it “sophisticated doodling,” she adds, “I think it make the ordinary seem a bit more interesting.”


Lisa's art is often available at Rochester area art festivals. She also licenses her art to manufacturers and had her kitchenware debut this past summer. If not already, her work will also be available in a collection of fabric this fall.

The artwork included in the Gallery 54 show will feature illustrations of common fruits and vegetables along with the tea towels and books regularly available in this popular upscale gallery of fine art and crafts. All, her work is sure to find its way into Central New York homes.

Lisa Jane will be on hand at Gallery 54 to meet guests and discuss her work from 5-8 pm on Friday, October 7. Her work will be featured throughout the month of October.

Light refreshments will be served. Gallery 54 is located at 54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY.

October gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10-5 and Friday and Saturday, 10-6.
www.gallery54cny.com 315-685-5470.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Finger Lakes Impressions

Adriana Meiss
Gallery 54 presents "Finger Lakes Impressions: Pastels and Oil Paintings by Adriana Meiss" opening September 2 from 5 to 8 pm and running through Sept. 30. 

Adriana is a plein air painter with many of her paintings painted on Otisco, Skaneateles, and Canandaigua Lakes. Meet Adriana and enjoy music by Chris Molloy and his Electric Blue Harp. 

Light refreshments will be served. Gallery 54 specializes in fine art and craft by Central New York artists and is located at 54 E. Genesee St Skaneateles. September hours are Sun-Thur10-5 and Fri-Sat 10-6. 315-685-5470 www.gallery54cny.com

Monday, August 1, 2016

Coming, coming, coming . . .

We don't often get to see the work of our most popular artists, unless it's in the gallery in finished form.  Certainly that's the case with artists like Sallie Thompson. Recently, Sallie provided us with a photo of some of here pottery designs at a mid-way point . . . ready to be fired. I'm going to ask her to give us a photo of this work in its final form so we can see the transformation.
"New designs awaiting the fire of transformation"
Sallie  is from Skaneateles Junction and she combines her love of nature, printmaking, and pottery to create pieces influenced by the diversity of form and texture found in the Finger Lakes region. 

She studied pottery at the Oregon School of Arts & Crafts and earned a B.F.A. from the N.Y.S. College of Ceramics at Alfred. She was a 2006 Ceramic Artist in Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock. She has taught pottery at Clayscapes and Veterans Administration 
Community Care Center in Syracuse, New York.