LCL hosts special exhibits throughout the year featuring local artists in our downstairs Community Room. Shows typically run for a two-month period.

Current Exhibit

2024 March – April

Acrylic & Watercolor Paintings by Aloma McElwee

My friends encouraged me to do this art show–I’m not an artist–I dabble! in paints and watercolor–and have fun doing it–it’s amazing what you can do–just try it, you may enjoy it! There’s no right or wrong in the end results–only your own interpretation of what something looks like–I have NO training in what I do–mostly my work is in acrylics–some watercolor.

I grew up on a small dairy farm 2 1/2 hrs from Ithaca (oldest of eleven). Came to Ithaca in 1962 or so to work as a hairdresser– married in 1966 (great husband)–have 3 wonderful sons–no grandchildren. Have been a caregiver for several people in the area but now I enjoy the simple things in life–painting, exercise, reading, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, quilting, knitting, cooking, baking, etc. It’s time for the next chapter–so enjoy!

At times I always cut out snowflakes for my windows and doors and paint a Christmas card–I have several note cards that I give to friends–they seem to enjoy them and that’s all that counts! I’ll never be famous–my work is really not that good. It’s all about the fun for me.

Past Exhibits

2024 February

Something, Someone, Somewhere – A drawing exhibit from Lansing High School students

As a culmination of developing drawing skills, students were challenged to incorporate a feeling of space and depth into their final drawings. Students had practiced blind contour drawing, modified contour, drawing from direct observation, gesture drawing, (clothed) figure drawing, experimented with color and expression, and ultimately had to demonstrate their ability to use atmospheric and/or linear perspective. Students also had the choice of illustrating something (a grouping of objects, or a still life), someone (a portrait that shows foreshortening), or somewhere (a place, indoors or outdoors, that utilized atmospheric or linear perspective).

2023 December – 2024 January

From the bottom of my Heart – A series of anatomical heart illustrations by Jessica Stratton

Micron pen drawings, colored pencil, watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, laser paper cut.

“I love you from the bottom of my heart” is something my grandfather would say to me and my sister when we cuddled on his lap during our visits. I have few memories of my grandfather and never really got to know the man who was a fun, hard working, and loving father to my mother. Well before I was born he had his first of twelve heart attacks and each one took a little more of who he was away.

The hearts act as a sentimental reminder of those I’ve loved and lost but also provide me comfort as the act of drawing or painting them feels like a meditative act.

I consider the drawings to be more like “eye candy,” with their intricate designs. Some of the paintings mark specific moments, such as when my adrenaline temporarily kept me from feeling pain during an accident or when my heart felt deflated after unsettling political election results.

Overall, these hearts are left open enough for each person to find their own connection or meaning in them. Whether it be a symbol of health, life, love, loss, compassion, or affection, I hope these hearts bring a bit of joy to those who see them.

Jessica Stratton is a working artist and educator in Ithaca, NY.

As a teacher, Jessica instructs her students how to communicate their ideas visually in a wide variety of mediums, both in traditional studio methods and digital production.

As an artist, Jessica employs a broad range of approaches in her own work, blending together digital and studio aesthetics. Her current body of work is an investigation of chronic illness and how one learns resilience and persevere through the experiences of pushing through physical struggles.

2023 September-October

From Rags to Stitches By Patricia Brown

Patricia’s pieces are more than just art – they are a journey through time. Originating as t-shirts from shows and events she had been a part of nearly two decades ago, these cloths bear the silent testament of her artistic journey. As Patricia worked on her abstract paintings, these t-shirts morphed into paint rags, collecting memories and traces of each artwork they helped create.

But these aren’t just any rags. They’ve captured moments of Patricia’s artistry – smudges, wipes, smears. And as the years passed, Patricia began to see more than just functional pieces; she saw a canvas showcasing her studio processes. Tucked away in a paint bucket, they waited for their second life.

Today, they’ve been transformed yet again. With every stitch, Patricia honors the history and structure of each rag, finding beauty in what most would disregard.

Until recently, Patricia Brown was a long time Lansing resident. Brown taught art at Lansing High School for over 17 years. She is an artist member of State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca NY, where she shows regularly. More of her work can be seen at An article about From Rags to Stitches was published through Textile Artist, an online magazine and stitching community, is found at

Patricia Brown‘s drawings, paintings, collages, stitchery and mixed media assemblages have been shown in venues such as the Spool Factory, Russell Sage College Gallery, Foreman Gallery, Yeager Museum, Impact Gallery, Center Way Gallery, WomanMade Gallery and the Cooperstown Art Association. Her artwork has been printed and reviewed in a variety of artistic, journalistic and academic publications such as, Somerset Studio, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Mother Tongue Ink, NYSATA News, and Museo Dei Tarocci. Her “In Motion” drawings were published in Traveling through Glass, with poet Lisa Harris through Cayuga Lake Books in 2017.

2023 July-August

Artwork by Shawn Hull

Shawn describes her show “This show, Natural Habitat, merges two collections of my work: Human Nature, a sculpture series and Home, a painting series. In these collections natural elements act as metaphor and setting for my experience as a woman and creating a home in a new region. In a previous life I was a theatre director and actor and the love of language is still integral to my work as an artist. Both collections of sculpture and painting have poetry and narrative embedded in the compositions allowing the viewer to experience the work not only visually but also through story.”

Shawn Hull is a self-taught ceramicist and visual artist living in upstate NY. Shawn’s art practice centers around the exploration of how nature and people impact one another and the rituals and relationships between people and nature. Shawn ‘s functional work has been featured in the New York Times, Grey Likes Weddings, and a collaboration with the Terrain Brand/stores – subsidiary of Anthropologie/URBN. Shawn’s sculptural work has been included in several exhibitions including the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, NY, University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL, Gallerium, Toronto Canada, and Community Arts Partnership, NY. Shawn also works in fiber and paint with work featured in Art in the Time of Corona, Volume II with Dab Art, Los Angeles, CA and Cecil County Arts Council, MD. Prior to working in clay and fine arts, Shawn Hull worked in theater as a director, actress, and educator. Shawn holds a MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis and has been the Artist in Residence at Delaware Theater Company, and an adjunct theater Professor at Cecil College, MD and Wesley College, DE.

2023 May-June

Photography by Karen Torres

Hi! I’m Karen Torres. I’m a self- taught Family Photographer located in Ithaca, NY. I was born in
México and moved to the US in 2013.

During my teenage years, my Grandmother gave me a film camera, and my passion for photography began! However, life took me in a different direction for a little while as I attended college and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Luckily, after my children were born, my love for photography emerged again!

As a photographer, I want to freeze every single milestone and use my abilities to create a timeless world of beautiful memories. That is exactly what I love to offer to my clients! I’m always looking for new and creative ways to bring uniqueness to my photographs. I truly enjoy capturing the precious moments of my clients, making them feel comfortable in front of the camera. This results in authentic moments that they will cherish forever.

From maternity to baby milestones sessions, high school seniors getting ready to take on the world, and a myriad of other family moments that make up an awesome life, I love that I’m able to help preserve those memories.

2023 March – April

Photography by Bruce Barber

These photographs are the work of local photographer Bruce Barber. Bruce’s interest in photography began in high school while a member of the yearbook staff. Here in Lansing, he can often be found on the sidelines at various sporting events capturing the action with his camera.
More of Bruce’s work can be seen on Facebook @brucebarberphotography
or Instagram @brbphotog

2023 January – February

“Photosynthesis” – Art Exhibit by Lansing High School Students

During the months of January and February we will be displaying the show “Photosynthesis” – photographs by students from the Lansing High School.
Stop by and look at their gorgeous work.
Art Teacher, Jessica Stratton, describes the exhibit as follows:
“With the popularity and accessibility of smartphone cameras, the art of capturing a well-exposed image using manual controls is becoming more of a rarity. For the photography students at Lansing High School, their field trip to Buttermilk and Ithaca Falls provided them the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge of the exposure triangle into practice. Students hiked with their tripods from the bottom to the top of Buttermilk Falls, stopping to capture long exposures of the gorge waterfalls, play with depth of field shots observing the abundant nature along the trails, and constantly changing their ISO settings depending on the lighting and scene they were trying to capture. These images are their “best of” shots from the trip.”

2022 November – December

Acrylic on Board & Canvas by Larry Beck

I graduated with a major in Art from Earlham College, with a concentration in Ceramics and Sculpture.
Since College I have worked with carpentry and timber framing as a Joiner.
A career in rental property management was followed by retirement and a renewed interest in painting and sculpture.
My paintings are acrylic on board and canvas. A long term interest generated by turning pottery is with “centuring’” as evidenced in my quilt star themed paintings.

2022 September – October

Acrylic Collages & Abstracts by Martin Kepecs

I am a self taught artist. I have been making art for sixty years, always experimenting and trying new things as I grow and things captivate my imagination.
My abstracts are meant to be pleasing to the eye. I am interested in the juxtaposition of color and shape – and have no other specific meaning. No politics, no hidden meanings! They are exclusively for the visual enjoyment of the viewer, and the maker.
I hope you enjoy my work.

2022 July – August

            Photography – Unedited by Morgan Wilcox

Morgan Wilcox is a student at the Cornell University Nolan College of Hotel Administration, concentrating in Food and Beverage. While a Senior at Lansing High School Morgan received a 2021 Scholastic Award, Honorary Mention. She participated in 4-H for ten years honing her skills in photography, during which she received Top Sr. Photography Tompkins County Youth Fair, Photography County Medal, and Blue-Ribbon Awards at the New York State Fair. Morgan’s other interests are reading and cooking.
Photos are unedited, primarily close-ups of flowers, and scenery.

2022 May – June

Digital Collage and Painting by Patrisha Heaton

Patty worked as a library media specialist for 33 years for Sidney and Lansing Schools. Upon her retirement, she joined an online Photo of the Day Club. She loved it and was inspired to began taking classes in digital collage and digital painting. Today, Patty is exploring and experimenting with digital collage and digital painting to create unique and beautiful art. Patty does all her work on an iPad.
View Patty’s artwork at

2022 April – May

Watercolors by Geri Gay

Geri Gay is the Kenneth J. Bissett Professor Emerita of Communication and Information Science at Cornell University and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. She founded and directed the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell from 1995-2017. She specialized in design and social psychology.

Geri’s publication, Pandemic Postings, is a whimsical exploration of the events of 2020-22 in cartoons painted in watercolors. Topics range from fake news and pandemic fashion to conspiracy theories and the political divide.

2020 January – February

Photography by Holly Hardie

Holly Hardie Photography

“I take photographs of things that I like – sunrise, sunset, flowers, unusual places in the world and at home on our dairy farm.” For more pictures of the farm, follow Walnut Ridge Farm on Facebook and Instagram.

2019 November

Bridget Alano: Portraits

Bridget Alano Portraits

Bridget is a senior at Lansing High School. She is also one of LCL’s chalkboard artists!

2019 September-October

Gerry Monaghan: Sculptural Basketry

Gerry Monaghan Sculptural Basketry

“Like Rumpelstiltskin, I am creating objects of art by weaving together the ubiquitous, the quotidian, and the ephemeral, instead of his straw. My work is sculptural basketry.

Tatlin meets Appalachian Craft tradition and beautiful organic forms take shape. Lila is a Hindu word which describes the play of the Gods. These works are my lila.

They are all about discovery through fun and games. They are math without the numbers. A simple set of rules guide each piece. Behind all this work, there is a language of materials and process that I have invented. Most of my materials cost pennies, and they weigh practically nothing. Everything is archival, toothpicks, skewers, cane, filter paper, ink, glue, wax, thread, and string offer infinite opportunities to become wall pieces, tableaux, mobiles.

Every piece leads to a new idea which in turn becomes the kernel of the next piece.

My highest goal for this work is to share making things with others.

2019 July – August

Kevin Mayer: Plein-air Landscapes

Kevin Mayer Plein-air Landscapes

Kevin Mayer is a professional artist with decades of experience as a painter and teacher in college, community school, and privately. Kevin finds joy in painting the local landscape out in the open air and sharing that joy through teaching others to paint landscape in “plein-air.” A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he currently offers classes in drawing and painting both at his studio in Groton and under the open sky. For more information visit Atelier Arts Ithaca or email

2019 May-June

A Lifetime of Art by Marian Scott

Marian Scott lifetime of art

Marian Scott (1921-2011) drew and painted since she was 4 years old and inherited her artistic talent from her mother’s side of the family. In grade school she wrote and illustrated booklets, filled scrap books with her work and won a significant award for her artwork from the Detroit Free Press newspaper.

She majored in Fine Arts at Michigan State College (now University) and over the decades produced many drawings, paintings, block prints, murals, and other art forms. Before color photographic film became widely available, she hand-colored family photographs using special oil colors.  She worked mainly from her own photographs, but did a few pleine air paintings.

After college and marriage, Marian lived in Churchville, NY near Rochester and taught painting and drawing in adult education at schools in Western New York in the 1950s and 60s. She painted in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, but the last picture she did was in colored pens. Her favorite artist was Michelangelo, and her most influential teacher was her mother. The paintings displayed here are from the collection of her daughter, Donna Scott, a Lansing resident.

2019 April

Jason Yahn

Jason Yahn

2019 January-March

Bethany LeBlanc

Bethany LeBlanc

The vibrant and playful watercolor paintings of Ithaca area artist Bethany LeBlanc capture dreamlike landscapes that range from surreal and enchanting to peaceful and soothing.

The scenes often spring forth from a place of indescribable emotion that is best captured by the brush so it can be properly shared.

Bethany has been creating these scenes since 2014 when a switch to watercolor sparked a new passion for exploring the interplay of colors and washes.

Born in Daytona, FL in 1987, Bethany has spent most of her life in the Ithaca area where she now lives with her husband and three children. Bethany’s children are a constant source of creative inspiration and often join her in the studio where she loves to teach and enjoy the exploration.

Interested in showing your art?

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