MASSENA – The hidden talents of local artists will be on display from Monday at the Massena public library.
An exhibition titled “I Am a Local Artist” will celebrate these hidden local talents during normal library opening hours: 9:30 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It will be on display until October 4.
“Due to the COVID restrictions indoors, we do not have any public gatherings inside the library,” Principal Elaine Dunne said.
Jeanna Matthews, Cindy Edwards and Abigail Matthews organized the show.
“Jeanna Matthews decided to write a grant through the Statewide Community Regrants Program,” Ms. Dunne said. “She asked me if we could kind of sponsor him with her. I was thrilled at the idea.
Ms Matthews is a former member of the Massena Public Library Board of Trustees, so she has worked with Ms Dunne and library staff in the past.
“We have worked together over the years on library matters,” Ms. Dunne said.
She said all the artists are from the north of the country, most of them from St. Lawrence County.
“We celebrate the fine work of local artists who don’t always describe themselves as artists because they are busy being teachers, nurses, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends,” Ms. Matthews. “Local traditions, including food preservation and beadwork, are key to this show as the fine art that they really are. “
The exhibit showcases a wide range of local art, from soap making and cookie decorating to crochet and custom furniture crafts, Ms. Dunne said.
“None of these people are professional artists,” Ms. Dunne said. “They have all kinds of jobs, but it’s something they do out of passion. The different things that are going to be exposed are really broad. There are quite a few. ”
The show is part of the larger AsyncArts project, which has offered a variety of programs since 2020, including chalk art projects, outdoor dance classes, and outdoor drawing events.
The AsyncArts project seeks to bring the community together around local art, local food and local traditions, especially during a pandemic.
“These are all people who are primarily involved in the AsyncArts program. They developed a sort of grassroots kind of thing during the pandemic when people exhibited art where they could, ”Ms. Dunne said.
The project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, which is part of the State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. You can find more information on the AsyncArts project on tinyurl.com/AsyncArts.