We are excited to announce new salon events here at the colony featuring local artists and writers. These are designed as informal and intimate events - opportunities for artists, photographers, and writers to show and discuss their work. 

Although free and open to the public, we would appreciate an RSVP via email ( since seating is limited. Our office is located at 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road, just 7 miles from downtown Ithaca. The entire building is handicapped accessible.

Please join us:

Sunday, April 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm with poet Fran Markover, painter Suzanne Onodera, and sculptor Jeremy Holmes

Fran Markover lives in Ithaca where she works as psychotherapist. Her poems have been in journals including RATTLE, Runes, Cider Press Review, Calyx, JAMA, Red Wheelbarrow, and Karamu

She has won a recent Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award and was awarded a Saltonstall Foundation fellowship in poetry in 2010.

Her first book of poetry, History's Trail is being published this spring by Finishing Line Press



Suzanne Onodera's work is based upon the investigation of the landscape as a metaphorical vista. Her landscape abstractions are ambiguous places culled from experience and observation, finding a transcendental beauty and connectivity between humans and nature and to the self and the sublime.  

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Suzanne earned her BFA in Painting with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and at the Vermont Studio Center and has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park and at Caldera in the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. 

Suzanne has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Corners Gallery in Ithaca in 2014. Other solo exhibitions have included the Community Arts Partnership's ArtSpace in Ithaca (2012), Tang Gallery in Bisbee, AZ (2010), Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA (2009), and the Maturango Museum of Natural History in Ridgecrest, CA (2006) among others.

Selected Group Exhibitions include: Tompkins County Public Library, Banned!, Ithaca, NY (Curatorial, upcoming, 2013); Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, The Altered Book, Novato, CA (2012); Costello Childs Contemporary, Small Works Invitational, Scottsdale, AZ (2011); Community School of Music and Art, Passages, Ithaca, NY (2011); and San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 30th Anniversary Annual Auction, San Jose, CA (2010)

Jeremy Holmes grew up in Cooperstown, NY and studied at the State University of New York at New Paltz where he graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 2007. He moved to Ithaca two years ago where he currently lives and has his studio.

"I construct abstract wood sculptures, which emphasize materiality and an engagement between the viewer, the site, and the work. Seen as three-dimensional line drawings in space, the installations collaborate with unique found architecture to construct a new and unexpected space made by joining long thin lengths of wood together.

I make thin boards using traditional woodworking techniques, soak the wood in water and then use a free form bending method to bend the long pieces into abstract shapes. Once the wood has dried I am able to finish it and join them together into different configurations, including small and large sculptures, which contrast with the geometric rooms that we build and live in. The viewer becomes aware of the whole volume of a room with my work because of the way it travels around the floors, walls and ceiling. 

Social and public art is the main interest that I am focusing on now, trying to get art into unused spaces in original and un-expecting ways, filling voids in interiors that otherwise go un-noticed."

Jeremy's has exhibited his work at Exhibit A Gallery, Corning NY (2011); Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY; upcoming College Art Association 100th Annual Convergence, Los Angeles, CA (lecturer); and at the Traveling Bentwood Exhibition at The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Ashville, NC (2012). He was a Featured Artist at the Mountain Jam Music Festival at Hunter Mountain, NY where he created six large installation projects.

Past salons:

Sunday, March 24, 1:00 - 2:30 pm with poet Tish Pearlman

Tish Pearlman is a writer, broadcast journalist and community and political activist originally from Manhattan Beach, California. She is host of the award-winning public radio interview show "Out of Bounds." She is a 1986 graduate of The Columbia School of Broadcasting, San Francisco, California. 

Pearlman is also a poet. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and local magazines, including Street Cries Magazine, Expressive Arts Review, Adventures in Poetry Anthology, Carousel Quarterly, California NOW Times andLatitude/20.  

Her current work has appeared in The Healing Muse (2010 and 2011, 2012), The IthacaTimes, The Syracuse Post-Dispatch, Healthy CNY Magazine, and Conversations Across Borders

One of her poems was accepted for an upcoming anthology "The Art of Medicine in Metaphors" which is due out in early 2013. Her first collection, a chapbook of poetry retelling her near death heart surgery experience, is entitled "The Fix Is In" and was published by Finishing Line Press in January 2012.

She was recently honored by being named Poet Laureate of Tompkins County.

(Note: painter Barbara Mink was originally scheduled to participate in the March 24 Salon. Due to a death in the family, she is no longer able to join us.)