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New perspectives of Canal at Museum through April

Andy Kitzmann, Erie Canal Museum curator, announced this week the Friday, Jan. 30 opening of "Observations East and West: Artists Views of the Historic Erie Canal." The Connective Corridor event will be co-hosted by the Erie Canal Museum and the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts. A reception for the event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday Feb. 19 at the museum.

The exhibition will feature student work from professor Sarah McCoubrey's fall 2008 landscape painting class and will be matted, framed and installed by students in the museum studies program. The subject of the works is an exploration of the changing environment as impacted by the Erie Canal. To accomplish this, the class met weekly at a variety of locations along the Erie Canal including the more rural areas, through the suburbs, into the city, and at the Erie Canal Museum.

The choice of these sites represents more than 200 years of transition in the surrounding Syracuse community and illustrates the change in the living environment as the community evolved from a casual based transportation center into a major modern metropolitan city.

The Erie Canal Museum is one of more than 25 arts and cultural venues, and three major universities associated with the Connective Corridor, which is emerging as a signature strip of cutting-edge cultural development connecting the University Hill with downtown Syracuse. In the coming months and years, these venues will be stitched together and showcased with new urban landscapes, bike paths, imaginative lighting, public and interactive art, signage and way-finding systems.

Want to learn more? See "Observations East and West: Artists Views of the Historic Erie Canal," Jan. 30 through April 3 at the Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse.

Open year-round, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Group tours by appointment. Also home to the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitor Center. Free admission. For more information call 471-0593 or visit eriecanalmuseum.org.

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