2012-09-18 / Arts & Entertainment

Art Abounds at The Schoolhouse in Sidney Center

This painting of Sidney’s downtown by Lillie Anderson will be part of a group art show at The Schoolhouse in Sidney Center, which opens Sept. 29.This painting of Sidney’s downtown by Lillie Anderson will be part of a group art show at The Schoolhouse in Sidney Center, which opens Sept. 29.Maywood Arts has announced the opening of a special exhibition on Sept. 29 at the Schoolhouse in Sidney Center. The exhibition will highlight the work of six area artists and is comprised of two solo shows and one group show. All of the artists have ties to Sidney Center.

“Across the Stretch of Seasons,” the artwork and poetry of Alicia Leonard Pagano, will be featured in gallery one. Pagano is a local author and artist born in Sidney, who grew up in Unadilla and has always had a strong attachment to her roots in the Catskills. After a career in higher education and as national director of a program for Girl Scouts USA, she has returned to live in her hometown.

Pagano’s most recent book of poetry, titled A Leaf Falls, is a remembrance of her mother, Norma Collins, on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Included in the show will be the work of Collins, who was brought up in the town of Butternuts and lived her adult life in Unadilla and Sidney.

In gallery two will the paintings and sculpture of David Byrd. Byrd was born in 1926. He has been painting since childhood, often encouraged by his mother’s belief in his talent.

Although his mother thought he should look for “suitable” employment after high school, he instead continued a life of taking odd jobs that allowed him to continue painting. As a Merchant Marine, Byrd painted ship scenes when he had idle time. After his service he moved to New York City and studied at the Art Career School. He was later accepted to study with French cubist artist Amedee Ozenfant at The Ozenfant School of Fine Arts.

He has executed hundreds of paintings, yet has had no exhibitions to date. Byrd began working in wood when he moved to Sidney Center 25 years ago. He also continued his practice of assemblage construction which initially began years ago when he would visit deserted areas of Newburg, collecting materials from vacant houses. This will be his first exhibition which will include paintings, wood sculptures and assemblages made of found materials.

Also, on display at the Schoolhouse will be the group show, “Hometown Art, a Group Exhibition.” This exhibit showcases the work of four area artists, Lillie Anderson, Judy Cordes, Peg Halpin and Martha Weaver Phillips.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., with a reading by Pagano at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 607-369-4916. Copies of A Leaf Falls will be for sale with proceeds to benefit the Schoolhouse. Maywood Arts is a program of GMRCS, a nonprofit working to restore the former Sidney Center School into a community center.

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