All articles by Carl Mellor

Area Artists React to Local Scenery in New Show

“Winter Recipe” now at the Tech Garden

Syracuse Tech Garden's new exhibit presents artworks reflecting a range of interests. Winter Recipe travels from Tipperary Hill to North Salina Street, from a tranquil country locale to a swamp full of dread. The pieces include oils, acrylics, photos and mixed-media works.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Selma to Montgomery March at 50

Art writer Carl Mellor visits ArtRage’s display of photographs documenting the civil rights movement

The ArtRage Gallery photography exhibit Selma to Montgomery March at 50 pivots on three 1965 civil rights marches that played a key role in influencing Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. Matt Herron's images not only discuss that larger narrative but also tell stories of everyday people demonstrating for political and human rights.

Collage Education at Light Work: Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons’ one-woman show Accumulations, now at the Light Work Gallery

Xaviera Simmons' one-woman show Accumulations, now at the Light Work Gallery, doesn't offer straight-on narratives or develop conclusions in a linear fashion. Instead, seven large photos, selected from the artist's "Index/Composition" series, explore and investigate notions of culture, self-awareness, and the influence of art and media portrayals.

On With The Shows

Everson Museum’s New Executive Director Elizabeth Dunbar wants to fully explore and showcase its permanent collection

Arts writer Carl Mellor reveals executive director Elizabeth Dunbar’s plans to explore the Everson Museum’s vast collection of works

Metal and Bones Become Art at Edgewood

Beyond The Pale at Edgewood Gallery

The Edgewood Gallery‘s new exhibit showcases work by three veteran artists, all of whom have substantial portfolios. Yet Beyond the Pale is most interested in the creative present, in current developments for Amy Bartell, Linda Bigness and Todd Conover.

Yule Love Area Artworks for Sale

A Syracuse-centric alternative to yuletide gift giving.

Not everyone is pushing electronics or gift cards during the holiday season. Several local venues also sell works by artists from Central New York, offering a Syracuse-centric alternative to yuletide gift giving.

Three’s Company

Art writer Carl Mellor takes in a trio of diverse exhibits at the Everson Museum

The Everson Museum of Art’s autumn exhibits are literally in the mix. One show speculates on links between our world and the afterlife, another features works by Syracuse potters, and a third presents single-channel videos, sound and video installations and other pieces created by artists in residence at Owego’s Signal Culture. Clearly, each exhibition has its own identity.

Shooting Star

Writer Carl Mellor finds much to admire in SU Art Galleries’ salute to photographer Margaret Bourke-White

During her long career, Margaret Bourke-White demonstrated great flexibility as a photographer. She created images of steel mills, world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, wartime scenes and everyday people. Beyond that, she was a witness to history. At Syracuse University’s SU Art Galleries, Margaret Bourke-White: Moments in History 1930-1945 not only presents a large portfolio of her work but also traces stages of her career.

Provocative Images Highlight ArtRage Juried Show

Global Issues. Climate Matters. Social Change.

A group exhibition featuring more than 20 artists typically has differences and some commonality. That's certainly the case with Global Issues. Climate Matters. Social Change, the first-ever juried show in ArtRage Gallery’s seven-year history. It includes work by painters, photographers and a videographer, by artists who create prints or etchings. What they share is a propensity for heading down diverse paths, for interpreting familiar themes in a distinctive idiom.

Exhibits Aplenty Set to Open at Local Galleries

Visual Art takes center stage

The autumn local art season is definitely a varied affair. There are restrospectives showcasing work by a painter, a sculptor and one of the influential photographers of the 20th century. Several shows will either depict scenes from nature or interpret humans' relationship with the natural world. And artworks will portray cloudscapes, Columbus Circle and 1930s Czechoslovakia, among many other subjects.