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There's no question that Edward Elhoff was talented.

That's why Baldwinsville's premiere artist is being celebrated for an entire week from Sunday Nov. 11 through Saturday Nov. 17 at Mohegan Manor in the village.

Elhoff lived on Oswego Street with his wife, Lydia, and fashioned many of his paintings from scenery right here in Baldwinsville. He worked with acrylics, watercolor, tempera, paint and more making a living and thriving from his artwork, many pieces which are now owned by local residents.

"If anyone had an Elhoff they wanted to display, we would certainly entertain the idea," said Mohegan Manor owner Dennis Sick. "We've had a lot of calls and e-mails about his work."

After a successful career as an artist, Elhoff passed away from kidney disease.

In an effort to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, Sick has coordinated a weeklong celebration of Elhoff's artwork with the help of Elhoff's widow. The celebration begins Sunday with an opening gala followed by exhibit tours hosted by various businesses and organizations throughout the week. The week culminates with a dinner dance and tribute to the local artist on Saturday.

The opening gala will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday and will feature hors d'oeuvres, desserts and entertainment for $50 per person. Exhibit viewing will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. daily hosted by Anheuser-Busch Monday, the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, George Townsend (owner of Honda City) Wednesday, Sick Thursday and the Syracuse New Times Friday. Admission is $15. The Dinner dance and tribute to the artist will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday and will feature big band music, dinner, wine and dessert and dancing for $75. Sick said he would try and accommodate groups interested in a private viewing of the collection outside of the 5 to 9 p.m. tour hours.

Several of Elhoff's paintings are on display in area businesses including Seneca Federal to help promote the event, which will feature an auction of 44 pieces by Elhoff. A painting will also be raffled off.

"I've always wanted to do an art exhibit," Sick said. "I'd like to see an annual art exhibit."

Proceeds from tickets and partial proceeds from paintings sold will be donated to the Kidney Foundation. For more information, or to view paintings, visit moheganmanor.com. For reservations, call 857-0079.

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