TAUNY’s next Folkstore Artist Spotlight exhibit, Earth, Water, and Fire: New Works by Women Ceramic Artists of the North Country, will feature ceramic works by local artists Anne Burnham, Roxanne Locy, Nan Lazovik, Linda Petroccione, Jackie Sabourin, and Joanne Arvisais with additional works by guest artist Cheri Cross from the Jay Craft Center in Jay, NY.

The community is invited to an opening reception for TAUNY’s next Folkstore Artist Spotlight exhibit, Earth, Water, and Fire: New Works by Women Ceramic Artists of the North Country, featuring new ceramic works by local artists Anne Burnham, Roxanne Locy, Nan Lazovik, Linda Petroccione, Jackie Sabourin, and Joanne Arvisais with additional works by guest artist Cheri Cross from the Jay Craft Center in Jay, NY. All of these women have worked in the medium for decades and have worked closely with each other professionally over the years. “This show is an opportunity to see how their work has evolved over time, including ways they’ve influenced each other,” says Folkstore Associate Lois Ann FitzRandolph. The opening reception will take place at The TAUNY Center on Saturday, February 23 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Guests at the opening reception will have a chance to meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibit will be on view at The TAUNY Center February 23-March 23, 2019. All of the work on display will also be for sale.

The Folkstore Artist Spotlight series highlights the work of regional artists and artisans and allows TAUNY to present a greater range of work by these local artists and producers. Each local artist featured in this exhibit has a unique style and a strikingly different technique.

Anne Burnham (Parishville, NY) has been making pottery for over 40 years. Her landscape motifs are inspired by the beauty of the region, but her California roots and lifelong interest in Asia, as well as her travels in Africa and India, add to the design elements of her pottery.

Roxanne Locy (Canton, NY) grew up on a dairy farm in the North Country and has been making pottery since 1979. Roxanne’s signature boldly colorful floral and whimsical pottery is made at her Rockhead Creations studio in Canton, NY.

Nan Lazovik (DeKalb, NY) has been making pottery and ceramic tiles since her days as an undergraduate student at St. Lawrence University. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, she was a member of the Canton Gallery Cooperative, and she sold her pottery there and throughout galleries in Northern New York. Her “story tiles” featured in this exhibit have designs which are reflections of her North Country surroundings and life.

Linda Petroccione (DeKalb Junction, NY), a recent addition to TAUNY’s North Country Folkstore, returned to making pottery after retiring from her teaching career. Her glazes range from desert earth tones to pale pastels and creams.

Jackie Sabourin (Peru, NY) is an experienced ceramic artist who lives along Lake Champlain. She uses real botanicals to impress patterns in her handbuilt pottery.

Joanne Arvisais (Plattsburgh, NY) is a new addition to TAUNY’s Folkstore artisans. Originally from Montreal, she began her studies at the Centre de Ceramique Bonsecours. Her focus is to create useful, contemporary, timeless pieces.

Cheri Cross (Jay, NY), our guest artist from the Jay Craft Center in the Adirondacks, is showcasing her hand-painted, unique, white-glazed ceramics with nature and botanical images.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life–present and past–in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and culture. More information is available at tauny.org.