Friday, April 20, 2012


 The Spruse Copse, Pastel by Adrianna Meiss

It turns out Gallery 54 owners aren’t the only creative folks in the shop. We have gathered work from some of CNY’s finest artists here as consignees:  From painted feathers and gourd masks to blown glass flowers; from ceramic cats to wearables that are unique, artistic and comfy all at the same time.
Cutting Board by Michael Parkhurst

Where does all this creativity come from? That question has been debated for years and years. Are artists born with the talents to create? Or do they learn from others who have sculpted, stitched, welded, assembled and created before them? There is a sense that it’s not all one or the other. There is an inherent core desire to work with our hands as we make a work of art. Even small children look at their scribbles as masterpieces.  Our artists have that inner spirit that brings them to explore a medium that they love. They/We study and experiment all the while we are making our art that comes to the gallery. That leads back to the original musing of which comes first……….heart and hand.   See the two previous postings for information on upcoming artist demonstrations and events at the Gallery.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Garden Art in Glass and Clay

Gallery 54 celebrates First Friday in Skaneateles: "Garden Art in Glass and Clay" opening Friday, May 4th from 6 pm-9pm. The May show features stained glass garden art by Liz and Rich Micho and carved stoneware lanterns by Lauren Ritchie. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.  Spring hours Sun-Fri 11-5 and Sat 10-5.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Upcoming Artist Demonstrations

Gallery 54 presents Gourd Loon Mask Making Demonstration by Andree Dennis Newton on Saturday April 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carrying on the traditions of her culture, Abenaki Indian and Old Forge resident, Andree Dennis Newton, will design a dynamic mask. Using the popular Adirondack bird as subject,she will use a hard-shell gourd as the base, adding detail with burning pen, dremel, and acrylic paint. Feathers and beads will be added to finish.  She will also "show and tell" each phase of gourd mask making.

Amy E. Bartell will be demonstrating mixed media and collage techniques on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Gallery 54.  Bartell will demonstrate layering combinations of handmade papers, drawing, using gouache and line work to develop the rich surfaces and imagery in her mixed media collages.
Gallery 54 presents Weaving on a Triangle Frame Loom by Lynda DeLallo on Saturday April 28th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lynda DeLallo will demonstrate weaving a capelet on a triangle frame loom using hand dyed silk and yarns.