Fall In Cazenovia          Photo by Anne Saltman           

Fall in Cazenovia!  


This month's newsletter invitees you to have an adventure. 

Creativity. Discovery. Innovation.
Spend some time with Liz Lurie, the newly appointed Coordinator of the Community Arts Hall for CazArts, and you’ll understand those are the priorities for the workshops she’s been organizing over the past several months and that are open to the public starting October 19. All five of the workshops will take place in the newly renovated Carpenter’s Barn, located at the south east corner of Lakeland Park.

Lurie, an acclaimed ceramist who shares a Cazenovia-based studio with her husband, ceramist Peter Beasecker, believes community-based arts centers are a great way to introduce folks to the many ways in which the arts can be a part of their lives. Over the summer Lurie reached out to a variety of area artists to test their interest in becoming part of the inaugural set of workshops she envisioned. The result is an intriguing blend of traditional art/craft forms with some less traditional approaches to non-traditional media and art forms. She says she wants to gear future workshops around feedback from the community.

“This space (Carpenter’s Barn) is so wonderful,” Lurie says. “It’s really honing in and figuring out what this community needs in terms of classes.”

The initial set of workshops cuts across a wide swathe of media and approaches. Drawing, felting, experimental media, sewing, and even a drum circle are on the menu with opportunities for fully-vaccinated teens (12+) and adults to sign up. (A complete list of workshops and instructor bios follows)

Currently, the October workshops are all that are planned while CazArts organizers work to make Carpenter’s barn more conducive to cold-weather events. Installing insulation and some improvements to the heating system on are on the winter to-do list. Lurie hopes to have more workshops scheduled sometime during the spring, 2022. She feels the workshops fill a need in our immediate community.

“There aren’t a ton of places that do this,” she says. “There are private studio classes, but not organized classes like this.”

She’s also hoping the workshops can fill the after-school void for some Cazenovia middle and high schoolers.

“For some of the kids not involved in after school sports, the workshops could provide a nice alternative,” she believes.

Lurie is also thinking long-term.

“I’m developing a vision that is based on what I learn from the reaction I get from the community and beyond,” she explains. The community can also sign up to use the space for meetings and arts events. “I would like to see the barn full of creativity and discovery. I’m excited about moving forward.”

To sign up for a workshop Click Here.  To find out more Click Here

Katherine Rushworth, of Cazenovia, is a free lance writer,  former director of the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center (State University College at Fredonia) and of the Central New York Institute for the Arts in Education. 
Classes at Carpenter's Barn
 Drawing Studio
Teacher: Laura Reeder
Adults (Teens 12-18, welcome too)
Tuesdays 1:30-3 October 19th, 26th
Introductory rate $40.00 for two sessions
Explore ways that drawing can be important in our lives. Artists of all ages and stages are welcome to this studio where you can dive deep into drawing for individual expression and group exercises. We will explore three big ideas during each studio.
Please bring: 18 x 24 newsprint pad, sketchbook, and favorite drawing materials (if you have them)

Invention Studio
Teacher: Laura Reeder 
Teens 12 -18
Tuesdays 4-5:30 October 19th, 26th, Nov 2nd 
 Introductory rate $50.00 for 3 sessions 
$10.00 material fee  
Discover your artistic purpose by experimenting with materials that are used across the artistic universe. This studio will guide you through combinations of drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, or inventing the next new artistic expression. We will explore three big ideas during each studio

About the Instructor/Teacher
Laura Reeder works in many media. She is most passionate about drawing and walking and about the relationship between nature and people. Her large "Cultivator" drawings can be found on big snowy and sandy expanses of earth if you are able to catch them before they are swept away by the surf, the wind, and the sun. Laura has been a teaching artist for over 30 years and for thousands of students of all ages. Her work can be found at 

To register click here



Visible Mending and Hand Sewn Embellishments  
Teacher: Claire Joyce
Teens 12 and up, Adults welcome too!
Wednesdays 4-6pm Oct 20th, 27th and November 3rd
Introductory Rate for 3 sessions $50.00
$10.00 material fee 
Join artist Claire Joyce as she demonstrates a variety of stitches and methods for visible mending and hand sewn embellishments. Eco-friendly and beautiful, the practice of visible mending celebrates the repair and continued use of clothing. This method has gained popularity recently as a movement against fast fashion (check out the #visiblemending on Instagram!). Our first class will cover various stitches and techniques, which we will practice on handmade patches. After we get our hands used to working, everyone will decide on their own projects to personalize or repair. Come learn a skill that is useful, thrifty, personal, and fashionable! 
About the Instructor/Teacher
Claire Joyce is an artist who utilizes many techniques! She received her BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA in Painting from University of Georgia where she perfected a method of “painting” using Elmer’s glue and glitter. She was artistic director at Paul Mesner Puppets where she built puppets and sets. Claire has written online columns for both ReadyMade Magazine and CRAFT, and has built and designed costumes and puppets for the stage as well as maintained a studio life working in two dimensions. In addition to participating in residencies within the United States, Belgium and China, her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She currently lives in Syracuse, NY where she runs a small portrait business ( and sews with (and for) her children. 

To register click here



Creative Felting Workshop
Teacher: Sue Albright Parker
Thursdays 1:00-3:30 October 21st, and 28th
Introductory Rate: $40.00
Material Fee: $10.00
Learn the ancient art of taking raw wool and transforming it into something useful and beautiful. Join Sue in learning the Wet Felting process in this 2 week workshop. The first class you will learn technique and create dryer balls and a small pouch. In the 2nd week we will allow your creative juices to flow.  Plan a project of your own such as a small wall hanging, book cover, or vessel. You may want to bring a small embellishment to decorate your piece and make it special to you. This is a beginner’s workshop although advanced felters are welcome too.
About the Instructor/Teacher
Sue Parker has lived in Cazenovia for over 30 years. She learned about felting when her family was gifted two Romney sheep. Sue enjoys sharing her interests in fibers with children and adults. When she is not playing with fibers she is traveling in her camper, gardening or dreaming up a new adventure.

To register click here


Beat-acular Halloween Drum Circle
Teacher: Jimbo Talbot
Saturday October 30th 2-3:30
Cost: $10.00 per person or $20.00 for families with 3 or more people (only 12 and up)
Bring your own percussion instruments, if you so choose!
Treat yourself to an afternoon of engaging w/tools of mass percussion as we’ll drum up a barnstorming good time.  Bring and exorcise your inner rhythmic beast, scare up some friendly spirits, don your favorite superhero garb. Let’s turn chaos into creative genius.  Bring your own favorite drum, acoustic instrument and/or costume.  This workshop is always a deep dive into child-like improvisational play - primarily thru hand drums - to relieve stress, listen more deeply connect and collaborate w/others in creating beautiful music that’s available to anyone.
About the Instructor/Teacher
Jimbo Talbot, founder of DrumQuest: Adventures in Happy, Healing Rhythm and Sound, is a Drum Circle Facilitator, Remo Health Rhythms® practitioner, sound therapist, an acclaimed vocalist and percussionist, team builder, drum maker and workshop presenter. Jimbo embodies a deep passion for helping people to discover their Musical Joy!  Rooted in traditional rhythms, trained in classical voice and inspired by the cosmos, he brings his own unique brand of energetic fun and healing to each session. Plan your next rhythmic adventure, go to

To register click here


Photos Heidi Ravven

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