April 5, 2010 - 10:38am
Explore the creative efforts aimed at keeping the local arts community thriving.

If the following profiles on artists, galleries and collectors are any indication, the Syracuse-area art scene has support and is quite alive in many respects.

Several participate in Third Thursday, a free event that involves two dozen Syracuse galleries and museums on the third Thursday of every month. The next event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on April 15.

March 3, 2010 - 1:37pm
Clayscapes blends together the experience of a gallery, studio and classroom.

A simple material pulled from the earth -- clay. That’s what it’s all about at Clayscapes. Some galleries focus on paintings, others on sculptures. But at Clayscapes Pottery, the theme of the work centers around using your hands to mold, shape, and create a piece of art. Don’t be frightened by its warehouse-like look, or its off-the-beaten-path location. Clayscapes is a gallery for anyone who appreciates great works, created from raw, native materials.

March 2, 2010 - 5:01pm
SU Professor displays his 40 year-old Mexican art collection at the Community Folk Arts Center on East Genesee Street.

What began as hobby for Dr. Alejandro Garcia has become an entire gallery full of vibrant photography and Mexican folk art.

Garcia, professor of social work at Syracuse University, has collected Mexican masks, clothing and pottery for the past 40 years. As a child growing up in Texas, he was told that Mexicans lacked culture. Garcia knew that this couldn’t be true. In his youth he made his first trip to Mexico, where he bought his first piece of art while serving in the military.

March 2, 2010 - 4:58pm
A Syracuse gallery shares the work of a local artist who remained undiscovered for decades.

For 40 years, Fred Fisher put his brush to anything with a flat surface -- canvas, sheetrock, glass and pieces of plywood. He worked constantly, painting for more than 20 hours a day, often through most of the night.

Fisher, a retired WWII veteran, lived in Camillus, N.Y., where most of his paintings were kept unseen by the public until his death in 2008. Though he dedicated countless hours to his craft Fisher rarely sold his art, accumulating about a thousand works that are now in the care of a local gallery.