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Clayton, NY (May 24, 2019)- 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 and sale that benefits artists and TIAC. The exhibition will open on June 13th and run through July 13.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 5:30 – 7:30.

                This year’s exhibition will feature the original photography of gifted landscape photographer Chris Murray as well as the artwork from over 75 other talented artists from throughout the country and Canada.

                Featured artist Chris Murray said: "My goal with photography is to produce images that are not just aesthetically pleasing and unique, but also reflect my thoughts, feelings, and personality. I believe that personally expressive and creative photos that speak more of the photographer than the objects photographed are of much greater significance than the literal recording or documentation of the subject."

                Over 145 pieces by 78 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, jewelry and ceramics.  All artwork will be for sale.

                The following awards will be presented: Catherine C. Johnson Award ($500); Kincaid Award ($300); People’s Choice Award ($200); and the Arts Center’s Choice Award ($100). Admission to the exhibition is complimentary to all TIAC members and $5 for non-members. There is no charge for the opening reception.

                Along the River’s Edge is generously supported by Acco Brands, Ann Johnson-Kaiser, the Vars/Kincaid Family, Watertown Savings Bank, and Joan Trimble Jordan.

                This year’s exhibition was juried by Laura Foster and Evelyn Saphier.   Evelyn studied art history at the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio, where she wrote her Independent Study on the work of Catalan painter Joan Miro in 1970.   She also studied art history at the University of Salamanca while completing her Spanish Literature MA degree at New York University in the 1980s.  During study sabbaticals, she took museum studies with Dan Mills at SUNY Potsdam where she produced, under his tutelage, the first compendium of Paul Saphier’s writings on his artwork, Eternal Viewpoint: Theme and Variations. She is now Gallery Director of the Iva Smith Memorial Gallery of Fine Art in South Hammond, New York.

                Laura Foster has been curator at the Frederic Remington Art Museum since 1989, and executive director there since 2013. She is an expert on Frederic Remington's work and has organized dozens of exhibitions of contemporary art at the Remington. Since 2001, these have included the International Juried Art Exhibit; the Members Juried Art Exhibit; and the NYS Juried Art Exhibit. Foster holds a BA in Art History from the College of Wooster.

                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 exhibitions.  Home to a nationally-renowned permanent collection of hand-woven textiles and an extensive weaving 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 advance art, craft and our unique textile collection through education and exhibition.