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Caz: Traditions begin like this

Other metal artists with new designs included Alexis Romeo from Rochester and Leah Coe-Howard of Cazenovia.

"It's great to show off some fresh new talent," Machamer said. "They brought their jewelry designs in tonight and they'll be here for a while."

The show also featured a fun freshwater pearl jewelry line and a large selection of the popular Lorenzo Collection, which is a sterling silver and 18k line of jewelry with fancy cut, semi precious gemstones.

Jane Egan, showing at the Gallery of CNY, debuted new artwork in Cazenovia for the first time in more than 10 years. She presented a construction of found objects and painted elements that create an intimate reflection of her thoughts, travels and interests. Her new work includes both box assemblages originally inspired by Joseph Cornell and a series of free-standing objects as collage.

The Chameleon Gallery exhibiting ceramic work by Syracuse University 2008 MFA ceramic students, featured ceramics inspired by and are appropriate to use in gardens and as planters.

With kilns as hot as 2300 degrees, many ceramics student spend their whole nights firing their works and keeping the ovens lit.

"You can't do it part time," DeMuth said. "As a grad student, you live your art.

In spite of cloudy weather and a threat of rain, the Spring Open was decidedly a success and the three principals are considering doing it again next year, making a tradition of it.

"I think it was a great turnout," Machamer said. "At least it didn't snow."

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