Reserve Our Space
Fill out the Contact Us form to request the use of our art exhibit space.
September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World
Join OFL in commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Throughout September, captivating posters, featuring archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum's permanent collection will be on display at the library.
Fabric Handworks by Sharon Bottle Souva
We are pleased to welcome the beautiful handmade quilts by Sharon Bottle Souva.
Sharon in her own words:
Sewing is one of my greatest pleasures. I have been working with needles and fabric in one form or another since I was a child, starting with sewing my own, then my children’s clothes.
I began making quilts in 1976, putting them on the walls instead of beds. This allows a greater freedom in exploring ways to manipulate the fabric. The tradition of quilt making continues to be on the forefront of my work as I explore this medium into nontraditional creations.
I find myself looking at nature and man-made structures with the question: How could that be interpreted in fabric? How can I incorporate those elements of texture and design into my work? The natural world influences my design as I work out these questions both in realism and abstractions. I discovered the joys of manipulating fabrics, threads and sewing which is an important part of my work. Dying and painting my fabrics has given me another dimension to my creativity.
The needle is an extension of my fingers, the threads and fabric my palette. For me, color and pattern are equally important as my finished work. Fabric art is appealing to me, due to the fact that it’s more than a visual art. It is very much linked with a sense of touch and with memories.
My work has been or is being shown in numerous private collections, museums and galleries around the country.
Since receiving a BFA and MA at The State University of New York at Oswego in 2017 studying printmaking with studio practice, I have resumed a full life with my art at the center. When in school, I discovered my desire to teach on the college level in addition to my already successful workshops. I teach 2D Design and Color Theory at Cazenovia College and find the continuing interaction with the students a joy. Commissions, exhibitions and teaching keep me active as I continue my love of fabrics, sewing and creating.
Learn more about Sharon and her work at www.sharonbottlesouva.com.
August 2021: Sugar Moon Artistry by Mary Mercurio
I like to call my art a type of show and tell experience. I create acrylic paintings- usually large in scale. My paintings are inspired by varying aspects in my life. Sometimes it is an emotion or music- other times it is a person or place. I frequently use bold brushstrokes and strong highlights. Using this style of paintings creates an expressionistic feel with surrealist subjects. Many pieces that I paint have simple compositions in which the backgrounds consist of one color and splatters, drips, or harsh lines. Many incorporate dark colors- typically black and grays. I use strong lighting- especially in portraits. Many of my pieces include abstract florals and femininity.
I attended SUNY College at Buffalo and received my bachelor degree in Art Education. I also am currently attending SUNY Empire for my Masters in Visual Arts Learning and Emerging Technologies. During the day I work in a middle school, the YMCA, and teach classes for Right Mind of Syracuse. I live in Syracuse with my two boys, two crazy dogs, and my wonderfully supportive husband.