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Thousand Islands Arts Center executive director Leslie Rowland.

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GWNC Chamber of Commerce Athena Award Dinner

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce presented the 2016 Athena Award at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown, on Thursday, September 8. This year the award was presented to Jefferson Community College President Dr. Carole McCoy.


Capt. Honk breaks the ice Pillar Point resident finally gets to display his fish art at Florida museum

Thomas E. Bintz, aka Capt. Honk, stands in his sleeping cabin next to Lake Ontario on Pillar Point. Justin Sorensen / NNY Living

Thomas E. Bintz, aka Capt. Honk, stands in his sleeping cabin next to Lake Ontario on Pillar Point. Justin Sorensen / NNY Living

For many years, Thomas E. Bintz was told that the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) would not approve his ice fishing artworks for display at its museum in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mr. Bintz — aka Capt. Honk — makes fish out of items he finds washed up along the many bodies of water he frequents. He lives on the Suwannee River in Flordia, enjoys the shores of Mexico and has also found plenty of inspiration and material on the water in his hometown of Watertown.

The 1969 graduate of Watertown High School and owner of a summer cottage at Pillar Point last exhibited his artwork at the IGFA museum over a decade ago. His “Lost and Found Fish” exhibit in 2003 featured dozens of fish.

The IGFA is the largest organization of game fishing records in the world, setting ethical angling rules and creating a consistency in game fishing.

Inspired by his hometown, plenty of Mr. Bintz’s artwork and paintings dipict ice fishing and Northern fish. But ice fishing is not sanctioned by the IGFA, which is why, according to Museum Manager Gail Morchower, the IGFA has not previously displayed Mr. Bintz’s ice fishing artwork.

“I’ve been trying for more than 10 years to get them to reconsider,” Mr. Bintz said. “A lot of people in Florida are from Michigan, Minnesota and New York, and would enjoy ice fishing artwork.”

Now, after years of fighting, Mr. Bintz has finally won over the IGFA, which agrees the ice fishing artwork will interest game fish enthusiasts from northern states. [Read more…]

NCAC Fall Art Show results

The winners of the North Country Arts Council’s 65th annual Fall Art Show are as follows:


1) Catherine LaPointe, “Prayer,” oil painting

2) Sharon Christman, “Waiting for a Wave,” oil painting

3) Kat Mereand, “Starlings in Sugar Show,” acrylic painting


1) Thomas Murray, “Cahersiveen Ireland”

2) Sondra Goodwind, “Pacific North West”

3) Stephanie Arney, “Sunset Shower”


1) Ginny Hovendon, “Zakin”

2) Claire Ellsworth Ames, “Majestic”

3) Martha Aschmann, “Mary E”


1) Kari Robertson, “Design on Machine,” clay

2) Cathie Ellsworth, “Stamped and Wrapped,” ceramic

3) Henley, “Basket wearer,” wood sculpture

Mixed media

1) Christa Harris, “The Wild One,” acrylic painting on silk

2) Kimberly Kohner Eiss, “Industrial Color,” collage

3) Suzan McDermott, “Stairway to Imagination,” digital art/photography


1) Lisa Nortz, “Egyptian Queen Bracelet,” sterling silver

2) Tubulog Chase, “Center of the Universe Bracelet,” copper and sterling silver

3) Lisa Nortz, “Three Feather Cuff Bracelet,” fine and sterling silver

Emerging artist

Stephanie Arney, “Speak,” Mixed media (tempera pastel, colored pencil). Ms. Arney attends Oswego Community College and is a Watertown native. She is hearing impaired and incorporates sign language in many of her pieces. The judges described her work as a powerfully evocative image.

Catherine Common Johnson Award for Best of Show

Lynette Bucci, “Last Light on Whiskey Island,” oil and silver leaf painting. Ms. Bucci is a retired Watertown High School art teacher and creates from her studio in Dexter. The judges described her work as follows: The use of color is subtle and luscious simultaneously, drawing the eye back and around. The technique of flat palette knife is reminiscent of old Dutch or English landscapes.


The show can be viewed free of charge through Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dulles State Office Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

NCAC 65th annual Fall Art Show kicks off Friday (VIDEO)

IMG_20131028_114841The 65th annual North Country Arts Council Fall Art Show kicks off with an opening reception, Arts. Beats. Eats., on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

The show includes 212 pieces of art from 67 artists and will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 16, during which time the public can view the show free of charge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“I’m excited about the diversity of the artwork,” said Hope A. Marshall, co-coordinator of the show and Arts Council member. “There are some really standout, interesting pieces.”

She also said that artists are finding out about the show from a broader area—Central New York, Canton and Potsdam—as a result of recruitment and promotion; 15 artists this year are non-members. The Arts Council also refused more pieces this year than ever before, she said.

This is the second year the NCAC has made the opening reception a “destination event” with food and music, which Ms. Marshall said was a huge success last year, drawing nearly 500 people.

“We saw an opportunity to make this welcoming to the artists and to the public, and to connect the artists with the public,” Ms. Marshall said.

The reception will include live music by local band Beautiful Wreck, a performance by Fire Magick, a cash bar and appetizers by Samaritan Catering. A bundled package to the reception and Watertown Lyric Theater’s production of Oliver! the musical will be available for $2 off each event. The musical runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the State Office Building. Tickets to that event are $15 for general admission, $12 for students, seniors and military, and $10 for children ages nine and younger.

The NCAC will award first, second and third prizes in all six categories: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media and jewelry, as well as the Catherine Common Johnson Award for “Best of Show” and an emerging artist award for artists who haven’t exhibited publicly before. The three judges area are all from outside the area—one from Canada, one from Ithaca and another from Syracuse.

The show also has three invitational artists: John Elwood Cook, Candace Rhea and Robert Paul Saphier, as well as a memorium to artist Jim Burns.

The winners’ work will be on display at the NCAC from Nov. 20 through Jan. 11, 2014.

For tickets to the reception, which are $12, call 661-6361 or visit Tickets can also be purchased at Sherwood Florist, 1314 Washington St.

To watch a video of the artists setting up, visit

29th annual Frederic Remington Art Museum Holiday Gala