- Oct – Nov 2016, Halfshire Historical Society, Richland
- November 10, 2016 – Tug Hill Commission Annual Dinner, Tailwater Lodge, Altmar
- Feb – April 2017 – Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, Canton
Local artist Loretta Lepkowski has created this exhibit with Camilla Ammirati of Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) to highlight the great stories of Tug Hill.
Lepkowski began this project out of a desire to document the stories of long-time residents who can share the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Tug Hill. Her upbringing on a small dairy farm in Lewis County was the germinating seed of Lepkowski’s interest in creating narrative paintings of folks of the Tug Hill. Included in this exhibit are individuals who have been recognized as “Tug Hill Sages” by the Tug Hill Commission.
This exhibit includes video and audio narratives of the individuals that have been painted by Lepkowski. Camilla Ammirati of the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York organization, conducted and recorded the interviews that are in the exhibit.
Click on this PDF link to see the full Venerable Folks of Tug Hill artist statement, and meet all of the hearts & souls of Tug Hill.
Special thanks goes to the following organizations, businesses, and foundations for making this project possible. Funding was provided by the St. Lawrence Arts Council, NYS Council on the Arts, NYS Tug Hill Commission, Iroquois Gas Community Grant Program, The John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc, and the Northern New York Community Foundation. A portion of this work was made possible through two Public Arts Fellowship Grants.