Gallery of CNY artist uses historical resources for new work

Linda Wesner's newest work at The Gallery of CNY's current show, "Historic Farms of Madison County," combines mixed media and historic texts and maps to give a time capsule of "The Cody Farm" and "The Cody Hop House."

"These collages combine my love of Central New York landscape with the fascinating story of our history," Wesner said. She enjoyed researching the history of hop farming in Madison County, and learned much from Munnsville hop farmer Larry Fisher at Foothills Hop Farm.

Linda's roots in Central New York began two hundred years ago, and she grew up listening to family tales and studying old scrapbooks and albums for clues to the past. Over the years she has collected family letters, documents, articles, and maps. Her inspiration springs from combining these historic artifacts with reference shots she has taken since a teenager.

In another time capsule drawing, "Field Calligraphy," she depicts a lonely one-room schoolhouse in a field. Viewers who look a bit closer will discover names of students - who attended the school over a century ago - written in the grasses. Linda's resource was the roster from a local history book. This work was selected for Catharine Lorillard Wolfe's 114th Exhibition at the National Arts Club, Manhattan, from Oct. 5 to 29. Visit clwac.org for more information.

A recent drive along the Oswego River with her husband led to a lucky encounter with a retiree who showed them how to use a sextant. She combined photos of frozen Lake Ontario, which she shot while an art student at SUNY at Oswego, to create his portrait. "Seeking Place" was selected for Cincinnati Art Club's "Viewpoint 2010," from Nov. 5 to 21. For more information, visit cincinnatiartclub.com.

Wesner's work is on display at The Gallery of CNY, 58 Albany St., Cazenovia. For more information, call 655-3707 or visit gallerycny.com .

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