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Caz: Traditions begin like this

Traditions begin like this

Spring Open on Albany Street invites all for arts and eats

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

Albany Street in Cazenovia was busy between 5 and 8 p.m. Friday April 25 with stores staying open late and people milling about. Spring Open, a multi-reception event could very well mark a new tradition in Cazenovia.

"It was nice to see people come out," said Sue Machamer of Cazenovia Jewelry.

Hoping that Cazenovians would take Gertrude Stein's advice to Ernest Hemingway and buy art instead of clothes, downtown shop owners got together to offer free food and beverages. With the staging of three simultaneous receptions, the community was invited to visit downtown, to see and be seen.

Cazenovia Jewelry had New Designs by Machamer and a couple of interns. Chameleon Gallery hosted Ceramics: Into the Garden, the works of Syracuse University graduate students. And the Gallery of CNY featured: Artist Jane Egan - A Treasure.

"We have students with a diversity of backgrounds displaying today," said Naomi DeMuth of Chameleon Gallery. "We have people from all over the country including the state of Washington. We even have someone from Belgrade, Yugoslavia."

"Our artist is from up the street in Caz," said Jennifer Schutzendorf from the Gallery of CNY.

"We have people just starting their careers," DeMuth said.

"And we have a lifetime artist," Schutzendorf said.

Karen Eldridge, chair of the HCBD, says the retail community is open and welcomes ventures such as this.

We of the Historic Cazenovia Business District are always looking for ways to involve our local and far reaching communities to promote and explore the offerings of our talented artists, great restaurants and retail offerings," Eldridge said.

Mazes and puzzles were the inspiration for Machamer's new jewelry designs. She fabricates her jewelry in sterling silver and 14k karat gold, using unusual gem materials for embellishment and color.

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