The Onondaga Art Guild fosters a welcoming atmosphere for art appreciation


Watercolor. Oil. Acrylic. Sculptures. For art lovers in Syracuse, or for anyone who is generally curious, Onondaga Art Guild’s art display and sale is a place to explore local creativity.

Visitors can expect a range of works of art created by members of the Onondaga Art Guild, a group of artists who meet at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on the first Tuesday of each month.

Libby Hughes, the former president of the OAG, said the atmosphere of the art exhibit helps promote the artistic visions of its contributors.

“Upon entering the room, they would see walls filled with beauty, color, energy, peace and calm,” Hughes said in an email. “I hope they allow themselves to get lost a little bit and explore each work of art before moving on to the next.”

Hughes said the work of 18 artists will be on display, with a total of 43 hanging pieces, as well as some sculptures for the freestanding bases, using contemporary and traditional styles. The art consists of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, in addition to a few drawings and sculptures, she said.


Not only does the gallery showcase local art, but Hughes said it has a similar and welcoming atmosphere that the guild nurtures.

“I think the best thing about the guild is the people, their friendliness and how well they get along,” said Hughes. “I see a lot of caring and concern for each other, the real pleasure shown when something good happens to another member.”

The guild plays an important role in strengthening the artistic community of Syracuse, by describing its mission “To promote artistic skills and interest in the fine arts through education and practice”.

For more than 50 years, the guild has provided artists with an environment that fosters creativity and views art as a powerful expression of the soul. For Hughes, the art exhibitions organized by the OAG give members of Syracuse’s art community a chance to showcase their hard work and create an emotional connection with viewers.

The Onondaga Art Guild Art Exhibition and Sale runs through October 30 at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society Art Gallery in Syracuse. The art gallery is free and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Viewers will have the chance to personally meet the artists at the “Meet the Artists” reception on Sunday, September 23 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society Art Gallery.


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