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Nature of Things exhibit showcases gifts

"The recent gifts of paintings to the Library's collection and the lecture by Dr. D'Ambrosio, inspired this exhibition," explained Patti Christakos, who together with Gallery Coordinator, Ann Cross, assembled the show.

The library's new paintings represent a wide range of styles and media. An urban sketch by Cazenovia artist Lucy Eliot was donated by Mary and Bob Eckel of Cazenovia. Rodger Mack's mixed-media sketch - Southfield, England, 1994 - was purchased from the collection at Stone Quarry Art Park and given to the library by an anonymous donor. Tom McCobb's Red Maples was, according to the artist, inspired by a "glorious fleeting moment in October." Spring Garden (2006), a collage painting by Jim Ridlon, is the library's most recent gift. Ridlon, a former professor of art at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, maintains his studio in New Woodstock. The painting was donated by the artist and his wife, art critic, Katherine Rushworth.

The Library plans to use these new works in upcoming educational programs.

A 2009 donation, a mid-19th century Cazenovia streetscape by an unknown artist, was given by one-time Cazenovia resident, Kassie Burlingame. The painting shows the Burlingame family home at 40 Lincklaen St., at the corner of Lincklaen and Lyman streets in the village. The painting required extensive repairs, which were funded by the Library's Dwight Williams Art Restoration Fund.

One work donated by the late Cazenovia historian, Dan Weiskotten, has yet to be restored. Weiskotten found the painting, a small oil on tin, in the attic of his childhood home, the former Annas farmstead, on Ridge Road near Maple. The painting is attributed to one of Cazenovia's earliest-known painters, William Tinsley (1805-1883).

Cazenovia painter Dwight Williams (1856-1932) is represented by three works including his 1904 oil of the Forest of Fontainebleau, painted in memory of his friend, the noted American artist Gilbert Munger (1837-1903). The painting was given in 2008 by Sydney Miller, an alumna of Cazenovia College, class of 1955. The library, due to a number of such generous gifts, has the most significant holding of Williams' paintings in existence.

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