Big Week For Artists At CNY Arts Center

FULTON, NY – Artists are invited to get active this week at CNY Arts Center with several dates and deadlines coming up.

First up, coffee, conversation, sharing portfolios and meeting other artists is on tap at the Artist’s Cafe, Jan. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center located at 357 State St.

This social event open to the public is designed to bring local artists together for feedback, exchange of ideas and techniques, and to encourage new collaborations and relationships.

The public is also invited to Artist Spotlight Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. which will feature the work of Bonnie McClellan, an artist born and living in Fulton.

Creating art in several mediums – oil, acrylic, and ink with an interest in landscapes, she also creates original jewelry pieces with a variety of techniques.

McClellan speaks about how she began pursuing painting: “As a youth, I always wanted to be an artist. But, in high school, realized that being a ‘starving artist’ wasn’t exactly going to cut it in the real world. I received no formal training in college yet I’ve always had a passion for art, mainly drawing with pencil.”

After being laid off from her job in 2011, she spent a lot of time at her camp.

“I happened across the Lowville Library one day, using the computers. One of the attendants asked if I wanted to participate in a painting class being offered later that week. I figured why not?  That was in August of 2011, and I’ve been painting ever since.  I found a passion and knack for it I did not know that I had in me. I look forward to sharing that passion in class.”

McClellan will speak more about her work and share examples of her drawings and paintings at Artist Spotlight along with providing information on her oil painting class and an ink drawing class being offered in February at CNY Arts Center.

With her background as an engineer McClellan lent her expertise to the construction and framing of the Starry Night Stained Glass mural that stands in Indian Point Park in Fulton.

She currently serves on the 2013 committee for the next Harborfest Community Mural Project.

The committee is accepting original  submissions from artists for an 8 foot by 10 foot aluminum mural project being planned for completion during Harborfest 2013.

Submission deadline is Jan. 31.

Please visit for more information.

These and more opportunities await artists at CNY Arts Center in an aggressive outreach program led by coordinator Ken Blount.

“We’re creating opportunities for artists to display their work in and around CNY in key locations. The more exposure we can offer, the more interest we can  generate and the better it is for all artists,” said Blount. “We encourage artists to check out what is available, offer feedback and make suggestions. Our mission is to promote the arts for everyone.”

For more information on the group, visit or call 592-3373.