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CNY Arts Center Provides Opportunities for Local Artists

Fulton, NY – One of the many projects currently underway with the CNY Arts Center is their new Public Art Program being held at various sites across the Central New York area.

The Arts Center is welcoming artists of all ages and artistic backgrounds to sign up for the program. They are currently displaying local artists’ work in Oswego at Senator Patty Ritchie’s office, and in Fulton at Pathfinder Bank, Eastern Shore Association, and Assemblyman William Barclay’s office.

Gale Armstrong, charter member of CNY Arts Center, displays her painting in Senator Patty Ritchie's Oswego Office. Armstrong was the first CNY Arts Center artist to be featured in the public art program proposed by Senator Ritchie in an effort to support local artists. For more information on the program visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com
Gale Armstrong, charter member of CNY Arts Center, displays her painting in Senator Patty Ritchie's Oswego Office. Armstrong was the first CNY Arts Center artist to be featured in the public art program proposed by Senator Ritchie in an effort to support local artists. For more information on the program visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Through this program, the CNY Arts Center is providing an opportunity for local artists to have their work viewed by the public. Currently hanging her art at Pathfinder Bank, Rebecca Pierce, feels that this is a chance for everyone to benefit from the arts. “It not only gives the artists a means to display their work, but it also gives the community the chance to see and enjoy what’s being done,” Pierce said.

Local artist Sandra Dowie and her daughter Marcella currently have their art on display in Senator Ritchie’s office. Dowie agrees that this is a great opportunity for both the artist and the public. “These programs help inspire peoples’ creative side, giving them a positive attitude about themselves and others around them. Sharing an art experience can bring people in the community closer together,” said Dowie.

The artists believe that this may be what the area needs during these tough economic times, following an unfortunate string of businesses that closed in Fulton. Michael Lynne, who has his art displayed in Barclay’s office, agrees that this will help the well-being of the community. “Having area artists on display reminds us all that the arts are out there,” said Lynne.

It seems as if the one word that this program brings to the mind for all of these artists is “inspiring.” Alfred D’Amico, who also has his art in Barclay’s office, admits he is among those inspired. “The CNY’s public art program provided the motivation I needed to get involved and continue with something I really love; the reading about, studying, learning, viewing, eating, creating and living art,” said D’Amico.

As a new organization, the CNY Arts Center has a full schedule of upcoming events for local artists of all ages. “I definitely want to keep in touch with the CNY Arts Center, as it connects me with other artists out there. Their energy and creativity are inspiring,” Pierce said.

For more information on the organization visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com