It's spring! Spring brings real excitement to the Fine Arts Center. In April we feature artwork created by very talented Oswego County students in the Annual Student Art Show and Competition. We are hosting an opening reception for the Student Art Show, at which prizes will be awarded for outstanding work. And this month we are offering several classes, including free classes for Pulaski-area families during International Screen-Free Week. Come join us at the Fine Arts Center. Check our calendar below for details.

Also check out our Month-by-Month Calendar to help you plan your Fine Arts Center activities.

April 2018

Student Art
  • Opening Reception for the Student Art Show
  • Date: Sunday, April 8
  • Time: 1 – 3 pm
  • 1:30 pm Awards Grades 7 - 9
  • 2:30 pm Awards Grades 10 - 12
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center
  • 4848 Jefferson St, Pulaski

Please join us for the reception for the Student Art Show to see all the great artwork and be on hand when the students receive their well-deserved awards. Awards for grades 7 - 9 will be presented at 1:30 pm; awards for grades 10 - 12 at 2:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Prizes for the Oswego County Student Art Show & Competition will be awarded in the following categories. Works are judged on originality, technical skill and personal style.

  • Best of Show
  • Best of Show Award: $100 check
  • Grades 7, 8 and 9
  • First Place $100
  • Second Place $75
  • Third Place $50
  • Sally Deaton Memorial, TBD
  • Grades 10, 11 and 12
  • First Place $100
  • Second Place $75
  • Third Place $50
  • Sally Deaton Memorial, TBD
  • Oswego County Student Art Show
  • Date: April 8 - 28
  • Time: Regular Gallery Hours
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

You will be delighted and amazed to see the outstanding art created by Oswego County students, so be sure to make time this month to catch the Oswego County Student Art Show & Competition. Students from grades 7 through 12 will show works in various mediums, including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, graphics, video, animation, sculpture and ceramics. The show can be seen during regular gallery hours or by special arrangement. Groups are encouraged to visit. (The gallery is open during regular gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 pm; Saturday 10 am to 2 pm; and by special appointment. Call the Arts Center, 315-298-7007, to arrange special viewing hours.)

Student Artwork
  • Thank You! To Our Sponsors
  • Deaton’s Ace Building and Home Center
  • Deaton’s Agway
  • NBT Bank

We wish to thank all of our sponsors whose contributions make the Oswego County Student Art Show and Competition a success. Your generous support awards the achievements of our talented student artists, promotes the fine arts in our schools and community, and enhances community pride. We are all grateful for your support of the fine arts students in Oswego County.

Tooled Leather Wristbands
  • International Screen–Free Week
  • Two Free Classes
  • Date: Thursday, April 26
  • Class 1: Leather Stamping & Braiding
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Class 2: Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center
  • 4848 Jefferson St, Pulaski

Looking for something fun to do during spring break? For International Screen-Free Week, we are offering two free classes on Thursday, April 26, to tempt Pulaski-area families away from television screens. The first class, offered from 1 -3 pm, features creating your own braided wristband in leather with Anna B from Anna B Leatherworks. The second class, offered from 6 – 8 pm, provides free drawing lessons. Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome; the classes and the materials are free.

Traveler's Notebook
  • Mandala Leather Stamping Workshop
  • Traveler’s Notebook Project
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Dates: 2 days
  • Sunday, April 29
  • Sunday, May 6
  • Time: 1 – 4 pm
  • Cost: $35 members; $40 non-members
  • Age: 10 & up
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join AnnaB Leatherworks and learn to create beautiful geometric designs in leather. No leather working experience is required. We will start with a small practice piece to learn the moves, and then you will create your unique traveler’s notebook cover (for 5” x 7” inserts). Projects not completed during the two scheduled sessions can be completed during other leather classes or during our “open leather sessions” most Fridays from noon to 4 pm (no additional charge). Returning students may choose an alternative project and/or design. Please contact Anna for details and costs. For questions or to register for the class, please contact the Salmon River Fine Arts Center (call 315-298-7007 – leave message if no answer or email sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com) or contact Anna Blachman (607-239-7031 - msg or call). Class size is limited. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

drawing of dog
  • Free Thursday Night Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us at the Fine Arts Center every Thursday evening, 6 – 8 pm, for our free drawing class. Artists of all ages are welcome and all materials are provided. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

May 2018

Pastel of Art Supplies
  • Date to Remove Artwork for Student Art Show
  • Date: Thursday, May 3
  • Time: 3 – 6 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Alas, all good things must end, so too this great show. We would appreciate art teachers giving us a hand in taking down and removing their students’ artwork, ensuring each piece is returned to its creator. We would also appreciate students who submitted work individually stopping by and claiming their work. All entries not picked up by May 31 become the property of the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. If there is a problem meeting these guidelines, please call the Art Center at 315-298-7007.

Traveler's Notebook
  • Mandala Leather Stamping Workshop
  • Traveler’s Notebook Project
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Dates: 2 days
  • Sunday, April 29
  • Sunday, May 6
  • Time: 1 – 4 pm
  • Cost: $35 members; $40 non-members
  • Age: 10 & up
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join AnnaB Leatherworks and learn to create beautiful geometric designs in leather. No leather working experience is required. We will start with a small practice piece to learn the moves, and then you will create your unique traveler’s notebook cover (for 5” x 7” inserts). Projects not completed during the two scheduled sessions can be completed during other leather classes or during our “open leather sessions” most Fridays from noon to 4 pm (no additional charge). Returning students may choose an alternative project and/or design. Please contact Anna for details and costs. For questions or to register for the class, please contact the Salmon River Fine Arts Center (call 315-298-7007 – leave message if no answer or email sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com) or contact Anna Blachman (607-239-7031 - msg or call). Class size is limited. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Beaded Bracelet
  • Native American Medicine Wheel
  • Beaded Bracelet Class
  • Instructor: Linda Knowles
  • Date: Sunday, May 13
  • Time: noon – 2 pm
  • Age: 12 & up
  • Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Using all natural materials (including glass and crystal beads), participants will create a beaded leather bracelet that represents the Seven Directions of the Medicine Wheels in the Native American Traditions. This bracelet wraps up to three times around the wrist, works well for those who have metal allergies, and is easily adjusted to provide a custom fit for the wearer. Class size is limited. For questions or to sign up, please call the Salmon River Fine Arts Center (315-298-7007) or email the center at sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Woven Rug
  • Warping and Weaving a Round Rug
  • Instructor: Sherry Webb
  • Date: Sunday, May 20
  • Time: 1 – 4 pm
  • Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members
  • Age: 10 & up
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Come to this class and learn how to warp and weave a colorful, useful and unique rug using recycled materials. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own in your favorite colors: approximately 1.5 inch strips of cloth, rope, anything. Class size is limited; to register or inquire about the class, call the Fine Arts Center (315-298-7007) or email sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com. You can also sign up at the Arts Center. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

drawing of dog
  • Free Thursday Night Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us at the Fine Arts Center every Thursday evening, 6 – 8 pm, for our free drawing class. Artists of all ages are welcome and all materials are provided. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

June 2018

Alcohol Ink Tile
  • Alcohol Ink Workshop
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Sunday, June 3
  • Time: 1 – 3 pm
  • Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members
  • Age: 21 & up
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join award winning alcohol ink artist Beth Sotherden and create our own unique and amazing ceramic tiles in bright, vibrant alcohol ink colors. You will learn to use spray air, drinking straws, stampers, brushes and other tools to manipulate the ink and create beautiful works of art. No painting experience necessary. For questions or to register for the class, please call the Salmon River Fine Arts Center (315-298-7007 – leave message if no answer) or email: sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

drawing of dog
  • Free Thursday Night Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us at the Fine Arts Center every Thursday evening, 6 – 8 pm, for our free drawing class. Artists of all ages are welcome and all materials are provided. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

July 2018

Pottery Bowl
  • Intro to Pottery: Wheel Throwing
  • Instructor: Billie Jo Peterson
  • Dates: 2 days
  • Tuesday, July 10
  • Thursday, July 12
  • Times: 2 sessions
  • 9 – 11:30 am
  • 1 – 3:30 pm
  • Age: 16 & up
  • Cost: $60 members / $70 non-members
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this semi-private class – 3 students only each session – students will learn the basics of clay and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Each student will have her own wheel. Topics covered will include clay bodies and their uses, preparing for throwing, tools, body position, steps for throwing and, if time permits, trimming. This class will emphasize making cylinders. With practice some students may be able to make other forms. Everyone should complete at least one good pot that will be bisque fired. The class will meet both days; students may choose either the morning or afternoon session. Class size is limited to three students; to register or inquire about the class, call the Fine Arts Center (315-298-7007) or email: sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com. You can also sign up at the Arts Center. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Raku Pottery
  • Raku Sculptural Pottery Workshop
  • Instructor: Billie Jo Peterson
  • Dates & Times: 4 days
  • Tuesday, July 17, 9 – 11:30 am
  • Thursday, July 19, 9 – 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, July 24, 9 – 11:30 am
  • Thursday, July 26, 9 am – 3 pm (firing day)
  • Cost: $60 members; $70 non-members
  • Age: 14 and up
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this class you will pinch, coil and use slabs of clay to create pottery forms having elements that resemble items from the natural world. You will also learn decorative techniques including sgraffito, facetting, burnishing, underglaze, clear crackle, horse hair, and lustrous RAKU glazes. The class will meet both days; students may choose either the morning or afternoon session. Class size is limited; to register or inquire about the class, call the Fine Arts Center (315-298-7007) or email: sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

drawing of dog
  • Free Thursday Night Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us at the Fine Arts Center every Thursday evening, 6 – 8 pm, for our free drawing class. Artists of all ages are welcome and all materials are provided. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.