Arts Council opens Members Exhibit next week

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, announces the opening of its annual Members Exhibit on Friday, Nov. 19, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries, 27 West Main St.

All members of the Council of the Arts are invited each year to display artwork during this exhibit. Drawing, painting, photography, stained glass, fiber art and pottery are displayed and, in many cases, available for purchase.

The exhibit will be juried by Carl Houghton and Lori Wilson.

Carl Houghton has been a working artist in Chenango County for many years. He started as an art teacher at BOCES and, after several years in the United States Air Force, he returned to become the high school art teacher in New Berlin. From there he became the supervising art teach in the Poughkeepsie public school system and he completed his teaching career in the New Berlin/Unadilla Valley school system. After retiring, he took up painting and exhibiting full time. He teaches private art lessons in his home studio. Carl has done many one-person shows and exhibits in museums, galleries, libraries, financial institutions and colleges from Cooperstown to Charlotte, NC. He has received numerous Best in Show awards; Student Honor shows at Syracuse and Cornell; Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education award; Airman of the Year USAF; and has had three works accepted to an International Show in Boston. As an artist, Carl is unique because he is color-blind. In his Artist Statement, he says that he is often asked, “how do you do it?” His answer is “. . . that the creative process is a mixture of a struggle and opportunity for any artist; my specific disability has been a source of frustration, but also a chance for me to stretch myself beyond the comfort zone of my own physiology.”

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