Each September for the last five or more years, the Canastota Public Library has featured the work of the Exceptional Artists in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties. Some years there has been so many pieces that we have had to increase the space and house part of the display on the first floor of the library.
Exceptional Artworks will be on display this year during the month of September in the Lawson Community Room. The work includes paintings, needlework, mixed media and more! The work is always interesting and pleasing to the eye with the artists using texture, color and design to draw in the viewer.
The mission of the Exceptional Artworks Program is to increase public awareness of the talents and creativity of people with developmental disabilities, and to provide the artists with opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings through the arts. State and voluntary agencies from Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties participate in the Exceptional Arts Program. The Exceptional Artworks Program Committee is comprised of 24 representatives from seven agencies, which are: THE CNY DSO; Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NY-SARC; Madison-Cortland ARC; Herkimer Area Resource Center; Resource Center for Independent Living; Heritage Farm; Arise (Madison County).
If you are interested in meeting the artists, consider attending the Artist's Reception. There, you can tell the artists what you like about their particular piece of art. An artist’s reception will be held on Wed, Sept 17 at 10am for the artists and anyone else who would like to attend! We hope you will stop in this month to see what is on display at the Canastota Public Library!