From Dec. 3, 2011 to Jan. 28, 2012, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy unique and varied artworks exhibited by the MAD Art Group.
Recognizing that the southern Madison County area was home to a talented pool of artists and artisans, a group of individuals who wanted to share a greater awareness of the arts with the community through art instruction and exhibition formed MAD Art, Inc. in 2006 in Hamilton. Members are artists and non-artists who share the view that the arts are an important part of our rural communities.
MAD Art offers a variety of classes for art exploration, taught by member artists or guest artists from the surrounding area with classes held at various locations in the community. Ranging from artist book “self-publishing” workshops to wet felting, past workshops have also included basket making, quilting, Chinese brush painting, printmaking, calligraphy, plein air painting, clay work, and more.
For a number of years the organization successfully maintained an all-volunteer gallery where artist members mounted regular and changing exhibitions of locally crafted fine art, artisan crafts, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and glasswork. Outside talent made its way to Hamilton when there was an open call for art, and the annual “Black and White” continually draws interest.
MAD Art currently has approximately forty artist members, of which 17 presented at the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton, in October — its first group exhibition outside of Hamilton.
Artists representing photography in the exhibit at the Cazenovia Public Library are Susan Beattie, Margaret Brenner, Frank Devlin, Richard Grant, Lee Ingraham, and Mark Williams. Joyce Halliday Smith, Charlotte Blanchard, Jon Iannitti, and Beverly Choltco-Devlin represent artworks in oil, acrylic paint, or watercolor, and the pastel drawings are the work of Amy Eustance.
The Cazenovia Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. And don’t forget that free transportation through CRIS-CAT is provided for Cazenovia, Fenner, and Nelson residents over 55 and ambulatory. Just call 655-0612 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. three to five days in advance.
For more information, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org. Those interested are also invited to the MAD Art website at madartinc.org.
Carol Iannitti is volunteer publicist for the MAD Art group.