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The season of change

Cazenovia Arts redesigns walls of Dave's Diner

Cazenovia Arts members Chris Nevison, left, and Delynn Orton hang a new piece of local artwork on the wall at Dave’s Diner on Sunday, April 15. Many of the pieces are available for purchase, and will remain in the restaurant for the next few months.

Cazenovia Arts members Chris Nevison, left, and Delynn Orton hang a new piece of local artwork on the wall at Dave’s Diner on Sunday, April 15. Many of the pieces are available for purchase, and will remain in the restaurant for the next few months. Barbara Cloud Wells

— Dave’s Diner in Cazenovia underwent substantial changes on Sunday, April 15.

While no adjustments were made to the menu, the artwork displayed on the restaurant’s walls was updated by local group Cazenovia Arts. The art that had been hung for the past few months was taken down by its creators and replaced with about 50 new pieces.

“I think it’s good timing. Spring is in the air, and we wanted to change up the décor. [Restaurant Owner] Bill Tilison has very graciously allowed us to totally take over the diner’s walls, so we try to exhibit as much as we possibly can,” said Cazenovia Arts Director Barbara Cloud Wells. “I’m excited because it gets our local artists some recognition. For such a small town, I’m amazed at the ability of our artists in Cazenovia … I really believe in them. I think they’re wonderful.”

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Cazenovia Arts members Val Heishman, right, assist Toloa Perry as she scales the wall at Dave’s Diner and displays one of her recent works on April 15.

Wells said the works will remain for at least the next couple months, before she starts planning for the next exhibition. The colorful works that formerly occupied the walls are available for purchase, as are the newly-hung pieces. Both art-enthusiasts and patrons of Dave’s Diner can view the art at any time during business hours.

“The artists are great and their work is amazing. I asked Barb a while back if there would be any interest in displaying the art, and the response was overwhelming,” Tilison said. “With more than 1,500 customers coming through the diner a week, it gives the artists great exposure and we have gained new customers who have come in just for the art and stay to grab a bite to eat.”

Established by Col. Jim Ladd in 1973, Cazenovia Arts currently boasts more than 80 members — including Ladd’s daughter Anne Ladd.

Wells co-directs the group with the help of her husband, Chris Nevison, and organizes the large exhibits — which have become an increasingly common occurrence, she said.

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