Skaneateles artist to tell stories behind `People, Places and Things'

Ask Alison Waters about one of her paintings and she'll gladly talk about it. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the Skaneateles artist likes to offer the words as well as the work.

Waters will exhibit her trademark nature watercolors featuring flowers, birds and landscapes at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus from Oct. 2 through 29. In the aptly titled "People, Places and Things," she'll also exhibit paintings of objects, individuals and settings that caught her interest. She will share the stories behind them in an open house Tuesday Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and open house are free to the public.

Take "Oompah," for example: Waters and her sister were driving through a rural New York village when they came upon a retired railway station. Intrigued, they stopped and went in.

There, resting on pink shag carpet bespeaking another era, lay a sousaphone. The painting that resulted took first place in the Camillus Art Association juried show some years ago.

Waters finds many of her natural subjects while simply walking, in excursions around Central New York, the Adirondacks, Maine and southern Vermont. Carrying a small sketchbook and pen, she makes sketches and notes that become the basis of paintings. "I sketch the fresh blooms and use them for reference year-round," Waters said.

Maxwell Memorial Library is located at 14 Genesee St., in the Village of Camillus. For more information, call 672-366, drop by, or visit maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

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