Photo submitted – Venerable Folks of Tug Hill exhibit at The TAUNY Center

The current exhibit at The TAUNY Center, “Venerable Folks of Tug Hill,” will close on Saturday, May 20th. This exhibit celebrates the resilient population of the snowy Tug Hill region, a 2,100 square mile patchwork of small villages, farms, and wilderness located between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks, known to the Iroquois as the “Lesser Wilderness”, to distinguish it from the Adirondacks.

In 2016, TAUNY worked with Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust and Tug Hill Commission to produce a traveling exhibit featuring residents of Tug Hill. These individuals were distinguished by their vast knowledge of Tug Hill’s heritage and environment as well as their life-long involvement in the region. The traveling exhibit, which toured the Watertown region before arriving at The TAUNY Center, features portraits of Tug Hill residents painted by artist Loretta Lepkowski as well as a selection of objects from the region, chosen by the individuals featured in the exhibit. The exhibit also includes panels featuring the individuals interviewed and key aspects of life in the region, including surviving extreme winter weather and the importance of community life and music.

Funding was provided by the SLC Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, NYS Tug Hill Commission, Iroquois Gas Community Grant Program, The John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc, and the Northern New York Community Foundation. A portion of this work was made possible through two Public Arts Fellowship Grants. Additional programming support provided by Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York’s North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in our region. More information is available at