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ATRE Award Winners!



CLAYTON, NY (September 14, 2020) – The Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC) is pleased to announce the winners of this summer’s Along the River’s Edge art exhibition and sale.

The exhibition, one of the North Country’s premier regional art shows and the Center’s longest running exhibition, opened on September 9, and will run through November 13th.  Originally scheduled to be held in June, it was moved back due to the corona virus and the opening was reformatted to allow for COVID protocols to be in place.

Four sponsored awards were handed out to regional artists for their original artwork which included two oil paintings, a ceramic sculpture and a photograph.  Winners were:


Michael Ringer – $500 – Catherine Johnson Award, for an oil painting, “Island Tapestry”

Candace Rhea – $300 – Kincaid Award, for ceramic, moose antler, pyrite, “The Prize”

Andrew Kane – $200 – People’s Choice, for a photograph, “Morning Skiff”

Mark Tollner – $100 – Arts Center’s Choice, for an oil painting, “The Great Flood”


The Along the River’s Edge exhibition contains artwork in multiple mediums including fiber, jewelry, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings and photography.  All artwork is for sale and proceeds support the artist and the Thousand Islands Arts Center. TIAC’s galleries are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  Along the River’s Edge is generously supported by Acco Brands, Watertown Savings Bank, and Northern Marine; and Ann Johnson-Kaiser, the Vars/Kincaid Family, and Joan Trimble Jordan.

The show features artwork from 44 artists from throughout the United States, and may also be viewed online at www.TIArtsCenter.org.

The Thousand Islands Arts Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional arts and handcrafts through educational programs, classes, lectures, and exhibits.  Home to a nationally-renowned permanent collection of hand-woven textiles and a library, the Arts Center also offers a wide variety of classes for all levels of students – from the beginner to the professional artist. The Thousand Islands Arts Center’s mission is to preserve and promote art and craft through education, instruction, exhibitions, and our permanent textile collection.

Michael Ringer, "Island Tapestry"
Candace Rhea, "The Prize"
Andrew Kane, "Morning Skiff"
Mark Tollner, "The Great Flood"