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Nourishment for the body, artwork for the soul

At several of Syracuse's best restaurants, you can feed your artistic inclinations at the same time you feed your stomach.

Blisses at bc

For instance, bc Restaurant downtown at 247 West Fayette St., is now featuring the work of illustrators/painters Jim and Noma Bliss. This particular collection of the couple's mixed-media paintings evokes a strong, spiritual relationship between nature and mankind.

Recently relocated to Central New York from the Hudson Valley, the Blisses create seamless and evocative artworks executed in oil, acrylics and collage. Their work hangs in corporate and private collections worldwide.

The couple is also currently showing at the Schweinfurth Art Museum in Auburn, The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Museum Store, and Aurora Art and Design. The Blisses also plan to participate in the Everson Museum's 60/60 show on June 17.

A collection of their paintings are presently hanging in "the room," at bc, in the city's Armory Square neighborhood. The artwork us can be viewed during normal business hours Tuesday through Saturday. An artists' reception was scheduled at bc for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 25.

"bc is a full-service restaurant offering comfortable dining in an urban setting for both lunch and dinner," said the restaurant's new managing partner, Ellen Leahy.

For information, contact Leahy at 701-0636, or visit bc Restaurant on Facebook. The Blisses' art is also available at nomablissartist.com.

Wiley at Gentile's

Considered by many gourmands to be best upscale eatery in town, Gentile's Restaurant hangs work by a different artist each month. Now through mid-June the photographs of Carlisle Wiley adorn the restaurant's brick walls.

Wiley's sharp eye manages to capture the elements of design in everyday objects, making art out of their fascinating colors, shapes and beauty.

Chef Kevin Gentile's eclectic Italian restaurant is located on the near North Side at 305 Burnet Ave.; 474-8258.

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