A large part of the Everson museum has been set aside for the next couple weeks to display the art of those who might have no other way to express themselves. The “Unique” exhibit and magazine are the result of a partnership between Arise, the museum and several sponsors. Artists of differing abilities submitted more than 180 pieces of art from a six county region. One of them was Michael Simmons of Watertown.
This was Simmons' second entry to Unique. He prefers the process used by some of the masters.
Construction and economic development that's going on in the city of Watertown might be leaving arts and culture behind. But some people are trying to change that. Garrett McCarthy is an artist in the area and works in historic preservation. He's noticed areas such as Clayton and Sackets Harbor have invested to increase music venues, galleries, and events.
Tucked away in the Delavan Art Center are a couple of workshop areas for those who want to create something out of handcrafted wood, metal designs or 3D design and modeling. Aspiring woodcrafters or high-tech sculptors can learn it all from instructors - all in one place developed by a Syracuse University Alum.
It’s called the SALT Makerspace on the Near West Side, which stands for Syracuse Arts Learning and Technology. Mike Giannattasio, the founder and organizer of the space, says it all began with a dream:
The moment my dear wife Karen and I stepped out of our car and looked toward the SRC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College about 15 minutes after 4 on Saturday afternoon, we knew that the organizers of Benny's Lost 80's Bash had decided to set the stage up inside instead of out.