By Paul Riccardi

Karen Tashkovski Reviews Armory Artworks Gallery


Karen Tashkovski is a mixed media artist and art teacher from Syracuse, NY.  She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA – Fashion Design & Studio Arts, MS – Art Education).

Karen reviews Armory Artworks Gallery in her blog article “The Karen Section of Town”. December 2015

Read Kaen’s Review.  “The Karen Section of Town”

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On November 27 at 4:00 p.m., Black Friday, Barbara Jean Weingart will speak about the techniques of painting and dyeing silk and other natural fabrics. Ms. Weingart is an award-winning textile artist who offers her work in shows and galleries throughout the country.
Barbara holds a Master’s degree in design from Syracuse University and has studied under John Marshall and Betsy Sterling Benjamin, internationally recognized masters of Japanese techniques. An experienced designer, she has taught at Syracuse University. She maintains studios in both Syracuse and in the Adirondacks, where she holds workshops in her techniques. Many of her designs are inspired by the natural environment. She often uses several techniques on her complex individual pieces

On November 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 6 p.m., Small Business Saturday, Vanessa Johnson, a Griot, a storyteller in the West African tradition will perform at Armory Artworks. Listen as the artwork comes to life through story. Dedicated to the memory of Thea St. Omar artist/filmmaker.

Vanessa Johnson is a native to Syracuse, a fiber artist, a performer, a playwright and a writer. She travels between Syracuse and Ghana frequently. Her talent and creativity is broadly based and far reaching, always bringing voice and visibility to events and those who have been unseen or unheard, often with poignancy and laughter. As a social activist and teacher, her work has included venues such as the YMCA Writer’s Center, the Onondaga Historical Association, the Matilda Joslyn Gage foundation, the Syracuse City School District, the Red House, the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company of Syracuse, her band Matie Masie, and the Syracuse Africa Bound International Program, which she founded.

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Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card

All visitors to Armory Artworks between now and December 1, 2015 are invited to enter our drawing.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card toward a purchase at Armory Artworks Gallery.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday December 2nd.

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Armory Artworks Gallery Gala Open House

logowebOnly Artist Owned and Operated Gallery in Syracuse Opens November 13th, 2015

Don’t you think it’s time for Syracuse to have its own Artist owned and operated gallery, run like a cooperative?” “Let’s do it!”

Armory Artworks Gallery will open its doors for a Gala Open House, featuring fine arts and crafts handmade by Central New York artists. The Open House, will be held Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Armory Artworks Gallery is located at 136 Walton St., Armory Square, (upstairs), Syracuse, NY 13202.

We have scheduled various art based presentations for the Open House. For example, Vanessa Johnson, one of our artists and international storyteller, will perform.  Many of our artists will be in attendance.  All events are free and open to the public.  Schedule of events will soon be posted at our website:

Armory Artworks artists work in a variety of media, encompassing silk, ceramics, metal, pastel, acrylics, glass, print, fiber and sculpture.  Our collection is eclectic including both functional and decorative objects and those that just make you think!  Our artists staff and operate The Gallery, affording the public an opportunity to meet the people who create the work for sale. We are committed to carrying on the handmade arts and craft tradition of upstate New York and supporting the Buy Local movement.

Participating artists include: Marcus Acevedo (Ceramic), Carol Adamec (Sculpture), Wendy Harris (Pastel), Jacquelyn Johnson (Mixed Media), Vanessa Johnson (Mixed Media), Cathy Lobdell (Fiber), Dave McKenna (Blown Glass), Paul Riccardi (Pastel, Photography), Talking Tricksters, Amy Patricia Hare & Sheila Roock (Ceramic), Traveling Sisters, Mary Stanley & Louise Werner (Jewelry, Acrylic), Barbara Vural (Pastel, Acrylic), Barbara Weingart, Caroline Tauxe (Fiber, Mixed Media).  

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Barbara Vural Art Opening

Barb VuralBarbara Vural is one of the new Armory Artworks Gallery’s founding artists.  She is currently featured in a one-person art show at the Gallery at Manlius Center (Manlius Public Library).   She had a successful opening of her work, spanning  the 60 years of her career. The show will remain open to the public during regular library hours until November 14, 2015.

Read Karen Tashkovski’s review of Barbara’s show here:   “Those That Teach, Do”

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