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Along the River's EdgeWarning - this news article expired on 2017-09-27. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable


Clayton, NY (July 27, 2017)- The Thousand Islands Arts Center ~ Home of the Handweaving Museum (TIAC) is proud to announce the return of Along the River’s Edge (ATRE), a juried art exhibition that benefits artists and TIAC. The exhibition will run from August 1-September 15 and open with a free reception from 5:30-7:30p.m. on August 1. This year’s showing will feature the artwork of Kirsten Bowen and Tom Folino. Approximately 120 pieces by over 70 regional artists were submitted to the jurors for consideration. ATRE has long been a highlight of the River season and promises to showcase the finest in paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and fiber arts.

This year, two spectacular artists will be featured in the newly dedicated Bobby Trimble Gallery: Kirsten Bowen and Tom Folino. Ms. Bowen creates texts paintings with a very unique aesthetic through the medium known as Venetian Fresco. She is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design (1989). After graduating she began working in New York City as a carpet and textile designer. Her career then evolved into a muralist and wall finish artist, to finally, a fine artist. Bowen opened her own gallery in Bexley, Ohio in 2003. She has since had several solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Ms. Bowen currently resides in New York City and is represented by the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, and Guangmi enterprises in Shanghai, China.

Tom Folino was first inspired by a vein of clay he discovered while canoe paddling along the St. Lawrence River in 1976. This led to his study of a wide range of pottery traditions and styles including Hopi and Pueblo pottery, ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan ceramics, Japanese folk pottery, and Thai Ban Chiang wares. Yet it wasn’t until 1989, that Folino pursued the study of ceramics full time in Faenza, Italy. He left behind a successful 20-year career in the motion picture industry. After surviving a near terminal illness 17 years ago, Folino’s work shifted significantly from reinterpreting classical ceramics to emotionally expressive figurative sculpture.  Folino’s work is found in a number of museums and private collections including the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY.

The following awards will be presented: Catherine C. Johnson Award ($500); Kincaid Award ($300); People’s Choice Award ($100), and, new this year is the Arts Center’s Choice Award ($100). Admission to the exhibition is free to all TIAC members and $5 for non-members.

The exhibition was juried by photographer Richard Margolis and printmaker Otis Tamasauskas. Tamasauskas, BFA, RCA, is a professor of Fine Arts at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. He is well-known as one of Canada's most innovative printmakers and a leading exponent of this art form. Tamasauskas was Master Printer and Director of Etching at Open Studio, Toronto, where he taught and did custom printing in etching and lithography for professional artists. He also taught at the University of Toronto and McMaster University before arriving at Queens.

Richard Margolis, MFA, is an art and architecture photographer based in Rochester, NY. Margolis taught for many years at SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College. He is also a strong advocate for community arts in Rochester and beyond. His work has been in over 100 solo exhibitions, many more group shows, appears in countless publications and resides in over 500 private and public collections.





Plate by Tom Folino

Little Bells by Kirsten Bowen