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Fusion at Delevan opens May 7

Pam Steele is internationally known for her large-scale metal and enameled glass wall pieces that have been commissioned for numerous private and public collections, including I.B.M., Wang, Xerox, and Esterline corporations; Hyatt Hotels; Lucent Technologies; Aetna Insurance; and Steelcase, Inc. She is published in Artforum Magazine; "Enamels, Enameling, Enamellists;" "Who's who in the East;" and "The Guild Designer's Sourcebook." Additionally, Steele has exhibited in galleries across the country. Her experimental techniques in enameling, combined with unique metal patinas, make her pieces both painterly and sculptural. The circles and triangles she creates have an elegant, spiritual quality.

Of the four artists, Catharine J. Westlake is probably the one longest at her profession. After graduating cum laude in art history in 1958 from Smith College, Northampton, MA., Westlake continued to ply her artistic expertise in studies with several notable teachers, managing at the same time to win recognition for her work. From 1959 on, Westlake has exhibited in many galleries that include solo exhibitions in the Cogar Gallery of Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY; Kirkland Art Center, Oneida, NY; and Encore Gallery, Block Island, Rhode Island. Her works have been purchased from collections in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Washington DC and Florida. Of her art, Westlake states that nature is her soul mate. She says, "Through art, I seek discovery of facets of human personality and interaction uncovered by analogy in the natural environment."

Also On View: Syracuse Chilled Plow Display

Long before works of fine art graced the spaces at Delavan Art Gallery, artistry of a different kind was being produced within those walls. From 1879 - 1911, The Syracuse Chilled Plow Company operated a sprawling 500,000 square foot plant along West Fayette St. In 1911, the John Deere Company purchased the Syracuse plant and continued making agricultural equipment in the West Fayette St. plant until 1946, when it moved operations to Deere Road.

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