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Art of Winter Winners Announced Greg Lago, Father and Son, Most Original

CLAYTON, NY (February 5, 2019) – The Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC) opened its annual winter exhibition, Art of Winter, with a reception on Friday, February 1st. Over 120 people attended and nearly all cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award which is given on opening night to the crowd’s favorite piece of artwork. This year the People’s Choice Award went to Sharon Hughto (Dexter) for her acrylic on canvas entitled “The Power of Women.”


Other awards included Most Original, and went to Greg Lago (Clayton) for his hand-carved wood sculpture Father and Son (pictured left); and Best Story was awarded to Kelly Curry (Alexandria Bay) for her acrylic on canvas called Laundry Day, Osa Peninsula Jungle Costa Rica. Staff Picks were also handed out to: Sharon Hughto for Beach Pals, another acrylic on canvas; Chris Murray for Heron at Dawn, metal print; and Barbara Green for Poolside Purpose, reed.


Art of Winter contains over 70 pieces of artwork from 40 artists and draws from multiple mediums including textiles, jewelry, mixed media and ceramics, as well as painting and photography. Most of the work is available for purchase and will be on display until March 22. Proceeds from the Art of Winter support the artist and the Thousand Islands Arts Center. TIAC’s galleries are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. Art of Winter is generously supported by Save the River, Northern Marine, Saint Lawrence Spirits and Community Bank, N.A.


The Thousand Islands Arts Center is a 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 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.

Barbara Green, Poolside Purpose, Staff Pick

Chris Murray, Heron at Dawn, Staff Pick

Sharon Hughto, Beach Pals, Staff Pick

Kelly Curry, Laundry Day, Best Story

Sharon Hughto, The Power of Women, People's Choice