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Past Exhibitions

Adirondack Coast ARTWays 2014 : Battle of Plattsburgh

The Strand Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau are excited to announce this year’s Adirondack Coast ARTWays competition. The theme of this year’s Adirondack Coast ARTWays is the Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial. Two hundred years have passed since military forces battled for colonial rights off the coast of Plattsburgh and throughout the region. To commemorate these events the 2014 theme of ARTWays is honoring this rich history by inviting artists to reinterpret these events through creative expression.

The Strand Center for the Arts Drawing Group

The Strand Center for the Arts September 2014 exhibit featured works by the Strand Center for the Arts Drawing Group, which were on display in the Main Gallery from September 6th to the 27th, 2014. The opening event featured a live drawing class where guests were encouraged to participate and raffles were held throughout the night, for framed artwork. The opening reception was held Saturday, September 6th from 5:00-7:30 pm.

Gail & Clay Morris

The Strand Center for the Arts’ August 2014 exhibit  featured works by Gail and Clay Morris on display in our Main Gallery from August 1st to the 23rd, 2014. The combination of Gail’s plein air painting with the photographic work of her husband Clay, prod [Gail Morris 2] uces a complement in landscapes, emphasizing color and space. The opening reception was held August 1st from 5:30-7:00 pm and coincided with the First Weekends in Plattsburgh August Art Walk.

Clairvoyance : Works by NCAVI members and the NABA BAS

The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to host “Clairvoyance,” a collaborative show featuring the works by members of the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. (NCAVI) and the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society (NABA BAS).  Clients from NCAVI participated in a workshop hosted by the Strand Center and taught by artist Amy Guglielmo. These pieces are displayed along with works by members of the NABA BAS. The goal of this show is to proudly exhibit this extraordinary body of work and raise awareness in the arts that visual impairment can never stifle artistic creativity.

2014 Summer Members Show

The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce its annual Summer Members Show on view in the Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street from June 20th to July 26th, 2014. The Summer Members Opening Reception will take place Friday June 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and is open to the public.

“Impromtu” Works by Lynn Manning and Erik Wilson

The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition, “Impromptu,” which features works by Lynn Manning and Erik Wilson on display in our Main Gallery from May 9th to June 14th, 2014. Pairing the photographic work of Manning and the painting and sculpture of Wilson, the show generates a dreamlike atmosphere of sublime landscapes and earthy pottery. The reception will be held May 16th from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Tom Semeraro

Originally from Albany,  Tom Semeraro has been working within the field of fine arts for over two decades. His family immigrated in 1970 from the culturally rich area of southern Italy to Albany where he was born. Semeraro has completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography from New York State University at Albany and an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Business Administration from Hudson Valley Community College. Recently he has made a bold move to again pursue his creative visual art, promoting his mixed media, acrylic, and oil paint pieces.

Annual High and Middle School Show 2014

Students from local schools participated in the 2013 High & Middle School Show! Awards were given out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category: Drawing, Painting, 2-D Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, and Printmaking. There was also a Best in Show, Best in Middle School, Jurors Pick, two Honorable mentions and two Staff Picks. Everyone was incredibly impressed by the quality and variety of work being produced by local students.

THREADS: Art Quilt Exhibition

The “Threads” exhibition, which will displayed over a dozen fiber art quilts a dozen fiber artists from across the Adirondacks and Vermont.

The community got involved by voting for their favorite art quilt. Awards were distributed including juror’s pick, staff pick, and community choice (determined by community voting)! Anne Standish’s “”Smuggler’s Notch” won both Juror’s pick and “Community Choice”. Lisa Loitta’s “Untitled” won “Staff Pick”.

Abstract: Tevye Scherline and Tom Nicholas

This bold show helped welcome in Spring with its bright colors and natural wood textures. Both artists exhibited their abstract paintings and Tom featured some of his delicate, handmade furniture. Tevye uses collage, latex and other mediums in his paintings that help give his work unique textures. While Tom’s focused more with shapes and color, with works over 6 ft wide in shades of tangerine and lime.

High & Middle School Exhibition 2013

Ninety-six students from local schools participated in the 2013 High & Middle School Show! Awards were given out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category: Drawing, Painting, 2-D Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, and Printmaking. There was also a Best in Show, Best in Middle School, Jurors Pick, two Honorable mentions and two Staff Picks. Everyone was incredibly impressed by the quality and variety of work being produced by local students. The most memorable pieces include a larger than life pair of sunglasses and a gown made completely from magazines!

Encore: Senior Show

Sixteen senior artists got together and decided to exhibit together at the Arts Center. The group artists ranged from fresh beginners to experienced professionals. With most works primarily watercolor mediums, the show was bright, colorful and overall a very upbeat show! Subject matter included birds, flowers, zebra, rhinos, skiers, moose, tigers, sailboats, and “Lazy Seals”...

2012-2013 Holiday Member Show

Over 37 local artists participated in the 2012-2013 Holiday Member Show, bringing in a total of 94 works. As always there was a wide variety of mediums: acrylic, oil, charcoal, pencil, fiber art, collage, photography, ceramics, stained glasses, beading, pastels, and woodworking. This show was also the first public unveiling of the Main Gallery’s new floor! The new laminate floor is replacing old carpet from when the building used to be a post office. The new floor funds were raised in the annual Arms, Legs, Art and Antiques Auction in the fall of 2012 and the instillation was done at cost by Lee’s Appliances in Plattsburgh. Lee’s Appliances also donated new molding to replace the previously damaged pieces.  The Arts Center would like to give a big Thank You to everyone who helped make the new floor a reality!

Pat Duniho & The North Country Potter’s Guild

In November 2012, the NCCCA presented photographer, Pat Duniho and The North Country Potter’s Guild in its Main Gallery. The exhibition combined local photography and ceramics for a diverse show that explored nature, shape, form and color.

2012 Regional Juried Exhibition

Our 2012 Regional Juried Exhibition featured over 22 local artists. Works ranged from paintings, reliefs, ceramics,  photography, drawings and digital collage.  Local artists and professors Diane Fine and Sue Lezon were judges for the exhibition.

Adirondack Seasons

Adirondack Seasons,’ represents several years of experiences in the Adirondacks. “I love to spend time outdoors, especially in wild places, and I love to create art”, says artist Sandra Hildreth. Her paintings, done in both oils and watercolors, “bring the viewer to all [her] favorite places.”

Phase II Of Life by John DiGicomo

“This exhibit is a must-see for lovers of the Adirondack wilderness, as John has taken these photos while out hiking, paddling or back country skiiing the six million acres of the Adirondack Park. His passion for nature and photography mesh beautifully,” says Gallery Assistant Meghan Risley.

2012 Summer Member Show

The Summer Member Exhibition was a resounding success due to the talent of our many members. Over 100 works in a variety of mediums graced the walls and floor space of the Main Gallery.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Illustrations by Tory and Norman Taber

The collection featured both published and a few personal illustrative works, as well as “constructions” of found objects by Norman and personal portraits painted by Tory. The exhibit included approximately thirty pieces and was on display in the Arts Center’s Main Gallery from Friday, May 4th 2012 through the beginning of June. “The Tabers are a treasure in our community,” said NCCCA Arts Center Executive Director, Janine Scherline, “and it will be a treat to house their colorful illustrations in our Main Gallery during May! ”Tory and Norman are both educators at SUNY Plattsburgh who are passionate about art...

“Spirit of Tibet” by Sonam Zoksang April 5th – 28th

Sonam Zoksang was born in Kyirong, Tibet in 1960 after the brutal Chinese invasion of Tibet. His parents escaped to India at their first opportunity, when Zoksang was one month old. He grew up in refugee schools, got a degree in Buddhist Dialectics, and taught himself photography. In 1985 Zoksang moved to the US, where he now runs Vision of Tibet. Active in the Tibetan Community as an advocate for human rights and political change, he is on the Board of Directors of the US Tibet Committee and has been president of the Tibetan Association of NY & NJ.Sonam Zoksang’s mission is to tell the story of his homeland through photography...

“Duet II” by Carol and Frank Hochreiter

“We are so pleased to have the Hochreiters as active members and artists in our community,” says Janine Scherline, NCCCA Arts Center Executive Director. “The sentiment  of working together as partners in life and art will surely speak to many audiences. The title and context certainly speaks to my sensibilities as a musician. ”Duet II includes approximately 70 pieces including Frank’s photographs and Carol’s eclectic collection of watercolors, collages, pastels, acrylics and oils and will be exhibited through Saturday, March 24. Opening reception was held on Saturday, February 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Holiday Member Show December 4, 2011-January 21, 2012

Always a favorite event, our Holiday Member Show, brings in the very best of our local artists. With a wide variety of mediums there was something for everyone at this show: watercolor, beadwork, acrylics, photography, fabric art, pastels, stained glass, and pen & ink.

"Environmental Gestures" by Bill Crosby November 4-December 5, 2011

“Environmental Gestures,” an exhibition of landscape-inspired acrylic paintings by Bill Crosby spanning the last decade. This exhibition served to highlight Bill’s continued interest in the abstract qualities of the natural world. “The outdoor experience generates ideas and compositions that are realized during the actual act of painting and may change and develop as the painting progresses. Hopefully, the paintings and photographs will engage one’s imagination as they bring one’s own frame of reference and experiences to each work.” – Bill Crosby

Life Drawing Life Drawing Life: an Art Expedition October 28-November 11, 2011

An exhibition of work from the summer 2011 Open Drawing Class. Visitors had the opportunity to view artists’ drawings, participate by drawing the live (clothed) model, and were drawn by the model as they perused the gallery. The drawings were arranged according to the date they were drawn. Viewers quickly saw the wide variety of interpretations of the live model as well as the artists’ different styles, different objectives and different mediums. All of the original artwork was for sale – including chalk and pastel drawings, charcoal, watercolors and other mediums.

Annual Regional Juried Exhibition October 1–October 28, 2011

Attendees viewed artwork and talent from a wide range of artists within and around the area including: paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fabric art, and mixed media. Local judges this year were Sue Lezon; an analog and digital photographer, a professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, and Judith Corigliano; a painter/sculptor, who is an adjunct art professor at Clinton Community College. This was a show not to be missed!

Ten Years of Stone Sculpting October 1-15, 2011

This exhibit is a collaborative exhibition celebrating the past ten years of creativity from acclaimed stone sculptor, Heide Messing-McDonald and participants in her stone sculpting workshops at the Arts Center. Born in Kassel, Germany, Heide Messing-McDonald has lived in Quebec since 1953 and has been actively involved in the fine arts community since 1977. Though the first phase of her career was devoted to painting, engraving, and silkscreen techniques, it wasn’t until the early 1990s that she discovered her true calling in stone sculpting. For the past ten years, Heide has been teaching workshops and sharing her talent and expertise with participants here at the Arts Center in downtown Plattsburgh.

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