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The Thousand Islands Arts Center ~ Home of the Handweaving Museum (TIAC) is proud to announce the return of Along the River’s Edge (ATRE), a juried art exhibition that benefits artists and TIAC. The exhibition will open on June 19th and run through July 13th.  An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, June 19th, from 5:30 – 7:30.

                This year’s exhibition will feature the artwork of accomplished painters Robert Niedzwiecki and Christine Tisa. Mr. Niedzwiecki, of Syracuse, will present several original oil paintings with coastal and North Country themes.  Tisa, as she is known, of Clayton, will exhibit original acrylics, watercolors and monotypes and will feature river and island subjects.

                Over 120 pieces by 68 regional artists were submitted to the jurors for consideration. ATRE has long been a highlight of the River season and promises to showcase the finest in paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and ceramics.  All artwork will be for sale.

                The following awards will be presented: Catherine C. Johnson Award ($500); Kincaid Award ($300); People’s Choice Award ($100); and the Arts Center’s Choice Award ($100). Admission to the exhibition is free to all TIAC members and $5 for non-members. There is no charge for the opening reception.

                Along the River’s Edge is generously supported by Allan P. Newell, Ann Johnson-Kaiser, the Vars/Kincaid Family, Acco Brands, and Watertown Savings Bank.

                This year’s exhibition was juried by Greg Lago and Mark McMurray.  Mr. Lago has worked over 40 years as a printmaker. His wood engraved prints have been part of international exhibitions in San Francisco and New York City, and the Society of Wood Engravers has included his work in touring exhibitions in the British Isles. His work is part of numerous permanent collections including the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Greg currently owns and operates Winged Bull Studio and is a member of the artist cooperative Fibonacci 321 in Clayton, New York.

                Mr. McMurray is the proprietor of Caliban Press, a private press using traditional letterpress printing methods in Canton, New York.  Begun in 1985, over 40 finely printed, limited edition, handmade books and broadsides have been published. Mark received his library degree from Columbia University in 1989, and has served as a special collections librarian for almost 30 years; first at New York Public Library in Manhattan and subsequently as Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist at St. Lawrence University until retiring in 2018 to pursue his printing and publishing activities full-time.

                The Thousand Islands Arts Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional arts and handcrafts through educational programs, classes, lectures, and exhibitions.  Home to a nationally-renowned permanent collection of hand-woven textiles and an extensive weaving library, the Arts Center also offers a wide variety of classes for all levels of students – from the beginner to the professional artist. The Thousand Islands Arts Center’s mission is to preserve and promote art and craft through education, instruction, exhibitions and our permanent textile collection.