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Filicia said the Everson is very dear to him as it is the first museum he ever set foot in. He referred to the museum, designed by I.M. Pei, as "architecturally interesting and significant" and noted its incredible ceramics collection.

"What the Everson has been doing in the last few years has been wonderful and exciting, and breathing kind of a great, fresh breath of air into the museum," he said.

In describing why he loves art in Central New York, Filicia employed a designer's vocabulary.

"I think what's really great about it is that it's pretty multi-layered, and there's a lot of exciting things happening, but you can really get involved with it. You can really touch it and feel it. You can really get to know the artists," Filicia said. "I think there's something really wonderful about that -- that it feels real, but it also feels approachable."

Proceeds from the Everson Annual Summer Picnic, to be held at 6 p.m. June 17 on the Everson Community Plaza, will directly benefit the museum's special exhibit and education programming. In recognition of Filicia's home on Skaneateles Lake, the event is being catered by the Sherwood Inn.

Reservations are required to participate and tickets are $200 per person. To make a reservation, call (315) 474-6064.

Ned Campbell is an intern with the Skaneateles Press.

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