We are a cooperative fine art gallery operated by our members from the Finger Lakes region of New York, seeking to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our community.

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.
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2023 Annual December Juried Show

November 30–December 31, 2023

The State of the Art Gallery is excited to announce the 2023 Annual December Juried Show, presenting a multitude of 2-D and 3-D art in a wide variety of genres and media. This year 95 artists from nine states submitted 254 pieces, from which the jury made an extraordinary selection of 71 pieces from 61 artists.

Read the prize judge’s awards and comments.

The show will run from November 2–26, 2023. There will be an opening reception Friday, November 3, 5–8pm.

You can view the show in the gallery or online.

Look Club

Katrina Morse, Patty Brown, and Carol Spence will be hosting Look Club at the gallery every second Sunday, 2–3 to look at the artwork on display. Learn about different types of artwork and how to talk about art. What do you see? How does it resonate with you? The next Look Club will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2–3.

Featured Artist: Patricia Brown

My recent paintings employ a spontaneous approach to both color and mark-making. I scrape, drip, glaze, scribble, brush, and rub the canvas with brushes, rags, rollers, spatulas, crayons and markers to blend and layer color and explore composition. I continue to stitch into my paint rags—to find design in the random blotches of color stained from rubbing my canvas or cleaning my brushes. I will be sharing a larger body of this work in September 2024.

To learn more about Patricia and her art visit her member page.

News from our members

Katrina Morse

The Blue Door Studio is offering 2 classes with Katrina Morse.

Sunday, December 3, 1:30–3:30 there is an Open Studio session. Bring your current 2-D project and create with others.

Saturday, December 9, 1–4, join a Paint Party to learn step-by-step how to paint a cardinal in a snowy winter scene for yourself or to give as a gift.

Register at Blue Door Studio.

Patty Porter

Patty L. Porter will be showing Top of Sirrine Road in the Trumansburg Invitational Art Show during Winterfest 2023, upstairs at Hilary Gifford’s Studio, 15 West Main Street, which is open weekends from 1–5, Saturdays and Sundays. There will be an opening reception December 2 from 3 to 6

Vince Joseph

Backyard - Revised by Vincent Joseph

Vince Joseph will teach a weekly class at Blue Door Studio beginning October 17. The class will last for eight weeks. During the first class, we will have a discussion about color as relationship, movement and plastic space. The second class will be devoted to painting. The remaining classes will follow this pattern: A discussion class one week followed by a painting class the next week. Class size is limited to 12 people. For more information contact Vince.

Topics for discussion.

Week 1
Color as relationship, movement and plastic space.
Week 3
Color is thinking, drawing is emotion.
Week 5
Color as radical space in Matisse’s The Red Studio and more.
Week 7
Color as expression, find the color that expressed your subject.

Hsiao-Pei Yang

Hsiao-Pei Yang is helping the Ithaca Community Gardens by creating their annual 2024 Calendar, available for sale in the gallery and many other local stores. All profits will go to ICG to support the restoration of the garden, which has gone through two years of devastation due to local development. Find more details about this fundraising effort.

Eva Capobianco

On Saturday, December 2nd, Eva M. Capobianco will sell craft items at Alternatives Federal Credit Union. Stop by for unique holiday gift items: Boxes, puzzles, business card holders and more. Hours are 10:00 to 12:30.

Behrman & Morse

Barbara Behrmann and Katrina Morse have fabric art and paintings showing at the Kendal of Ithaca art space from November 1 through January 31.

Carol Spence

Carol Spence will be displaying mixed media work at the RASA Spa in Ithaca from November 2023 through March 2024.

Margy Nelson

Goby, Sponge, Lizardfish

Margy Nelson will be part of a big show at Cornell’s Mann Library, The Art of Symbiosis, in which she will have three pieces. The show runs from September 2, 2023 through January 15, 2024.


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