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Local artist recreates historic Baldwinsville train scene

The original Baldwinsville passenger train station and a steam locomotive that actually visited Baldwinsville are the subjects of a pastel painting recently created by Marianne Miles, owner of Milescapes Art & Photography. Miles is a local resident better known for her photography of the village and publisher of the photo collection, "A New Englander Falls In Love With Baldwinsville, New York." In recent years she has devoted more time to painting in pastel and has done numerous portraits of pets, houses and people.

"In researching the history a 1742 house in Fonda, N.Y., and delving deeply into the extensive history of the Mohawk Valley, I was stuck by how relatively few pieces of representative artwork exist to help a researcher visualize events in the past," Miles said, describing her reason for moving on to historic illustration. "I decided to try my hand at painting a historic scene, and because the Baldwinsville train stations no longer exist, settled on one of them as my subject."

"Local historians Sue McManus and Bonnie Kisselstein helped me find early photographs of both the passenger station and several early steam trains whose pictures were taken right here in the village. This painting is not a copy, per se, of an early photo, but a scene created after intense study of the individual subjects in a variety of photographs," she said.

The original framed artwork will be on display at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum for the next several weeks. The museum is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and there is no charge for admission.

A limited number of artist's prints are available for sale as well as the original painting. Other art works and many of Miles' photographs can be found at milescapesart.com. The artist may be reached, in Baldwinsville at her home studio, by calling 638-4190.

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