All articles by Carl Mellor

Net Positives

Quick sticks aplenty as the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) visits Central New York

This week the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) brings lacrosse with an international flavor to local venues, celebrating both contemporary lacrosse and the sport’s origins. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) first played lacrosse many centuries ago and greatly influenced development of modern-day lacrosse. And now the Six Nations Confederacy is hosting an international lacrosse tournament for the first time.

Diverse Displays Mark Gallery Slates

The fall season of 2015 includes an extensive schedule of art galleries

It's clearly difficult to categorize the 2015 autumn art season. Two shows embrace baseball themes, and one touches on the Three Graces of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Other exhibitions discuss subjects ranging from UFOs to the impact of outside cultural influences on artists.

French Kisses

Arts writer Carl Mellor visits Utica’s MWP Institute for a dazzling show of French impressionists

Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism, at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, serves a scrumptious four-course feast.

Roth Takes Risks in Everson Show

Artwork by Susan Roth covers numerous mediums at Everson Museum

Handmade: The Art of Susan Roth, on display at the Everson Museum of Art, showcases works by an artist who has been on the move for four decades. Roth has created pieces large and small, experimented with materials, straddled the line between painting and sculpture, and played with color, form and, most of all, surface.

Heroin, Jail and Family Values

Photographer Ben Cleeton’s gallery, titled Green Eyes: El Viejo, displays the struggle of a convicted criminal to continue supporting his family

Photographer Ben Cleeton’s Green Eyes: El Viejo, on display at the Community Folk Art Center, deals with a time of crisis for a Syracuse family. Cleeton documents a six-month period when Luis Charlesman, also called Green Eyes, was out on bail and awaiting sentencing for felony possession of heroin. The exhibit moves beyond involvement with the courts to discussion of a family context, to Charlesman’s ties with his wife and two stepdaughters.

Compelling Visuals from South Sudan

The new ArtRage gallery displays compelling photos representative of the differing styles of South Sudan

The new display at ArtRage Gallery views a nation that gained its independence just four years ago. Impressions: South Sudan blends interpretive and documentary-style photos by Michelle Gabel and Bruce Strong, commentary by Liberia-based independent journalist Maureen Sieh, and information about South Sudanese who moved to Syracuse years ago but still return to their homeland to enhance health care and education.

Room to Roam for Edgewood Show

‘The Sum of its Parts’ is on display through June 19 at the Edgewood Gallery

The Edgewood Gallery's current exhibition covers a lot of territory in a small space. The Sum of Its Parts shifts from whimsical sculptures to large abstract paintings, from paper collages to metal work. And it makes room for a slew of mixed-media works.

‘Made in New York’ State of Mind

The annual Made in New York exhibit at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

The annual Made in New York exhibit at Auburn's Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center begins with the order imposed by jurors who choose works for the show and then transitions into a sprawling display hung on multiple walls. It features pieces by more than 50 artists who create oils, sculptures, photos, drawings and other media.

Cruz Control: Juan Cruz’s one-man show

Arts writer Carl Mellor visits a new show by Juan Cruz, who has cut and reshaped his previous works

None of That: Nada de Eso, Juan Cruz's one-man show at La Casita Cultural Center, poses a fundamental question: Why would a talented artist take scissors and deliberately slice up a bunch of his paintings? For Cruz, that act isn't mutilation but an initial stage in a new creative process.

Utica Goes Modern for Everson Visit

Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism at Everson Museum

The Everson Museum of Art’s current show appeals on several levels. Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-William-Proctor Arts Institute is an exhibition with depth, skillful discussion of changes in art in the United States over a 40-year period, and strong individual works.