On My Own Time
Over 200 people attended the CNY Arts 40th annual On My Own Time finale exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art on September 20. New York State Senator John DeFrancisco, Deputy County Executive William P. Fisher, and Mayor Stephanie Miner each spoke in honor of the amateur artists whose works were selected from among the 349 visual art pieces submitted. The artists’ family members, friends, and colleagues, and representatives of each participating business also attended in support of the artists.
Sixty-nine works of original visual art from a wide variety of media, created by employees of fifteen local businesses and organizations, were featured in exhibit.
On My Own Time, a Syracuse tradition developed in 1974 by CNY Arts (then the Cultural Resources Council), draws on the talents of dozens of employees in Onondaga and Oswego County who are not professional artists. The program creates a way for companies to demonstrate their appreciation of their employees’ creativity and their strong support of art and culture in their communities.
Volunteers from professional arts fields visited individual exhibits at each participating company’s work site this past spring and adjudicated the visual arts pieces, which included paintings, drawings, ceramics, wood work, jewelry, metal work, photography, glasswork, sculpture, mixed media, textiles, and more.
The 2013 On My Own Time participating companies and organizations include: Boxcar Press, Community Folk Art Center, County of Onondaga, Entergy Nuclear, L. & J. G. Stickley, Inc., Liverpool Art Center, Lockheed Martin, Northland Communications, Onondaga Community College, Oswego County BOCES, SUNY Oswego, Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University, United Radio, and Upstate Medical University.
Photos by Kathe Harrington
NYS Senator John DeFrancisco with CNY Arts Board President, Catherine Gerard and CNY Arts Executive Director, Steve Butler(upper photo).
OMOT participant, David Lam of Lockheed Martin (lower photo).