MEXICO, NY – A team of professional artists traveled to Oswego County BOCES (OCB) recently to select staff-submitted artwork to be exhibited at the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOn My Own TimeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â art exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.
The exhibition was started in the 1970s by the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art. The goal of the exhibit is to bring together local artists from Central New York employers to celebrate and promote their creative talents. In recent years, well over 20 businesses have participated in this program, allowing their employees to highlight their often unknown artistic talents.
This year, four pieces of art have been selected for the upcoming exhibition.
They are: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œUnderground RailroadÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â quilt ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ by Theresa Burmingham, Special Education Department ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDiamond IslandÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â photograph ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ by Rhonda Cunningham, Operations and Maintenance Department ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMy DadÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â pencil drawing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ by Diane Shumway, Job Coach
Copper and Oak box ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ by Thomas Pullen, Multi-Occ/Special Education Department.
Marsha Wheeler, Arts-in-Education Coordinator at Oswego County BOCES spearheads OCBÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s participation in this program, planning and preparing the local display at BOCES.
OCB staff and their families are encouraged to visit the exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art which runs from Oct. 10 through Nov. 16.
The museum will hold a reception on Oct. 10 to recognize the selected artists.
The museum is located at 401 Harrison St. in downtown Syracuse.
Oswego County BOCES participation in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOn My Own TimeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â is due in part to the Cultural Resources CouncilÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Decentralization Program and a grant received from the New York State Council on the Arts.