Art Association of Oswego to Host Member Exhibit, Small Art Sale, Raku Rendezvous | arts and entertainment

OSWEGO – The Art Association of Oswego has three upcoming events scheduled for July.

The first will be the 31st Annual AAO Member Art Exhibition, which will be held from July 17 to August 15. There is an open call for members of the local community to submit original artwork for inclusion in this exhibition. Anyone who is a current AAO member (or anyone who becomes a member) is eligible to enter one or two works of art into the exhibit for a nominal fee.

New memberships can be arranged at any time. Membership information and entry forms for this exhibition are available at

Artwork from this exhibit will hang in the Timothy McHenry Gallery on the second floor of the Art Center and may be available for sale. The exhibition will be on display during regular gallery hours, during theater performances, and during Art Association classes and workshops.

A number of prizes will be awarded, including cash and a solo exhibition prize for 2022. The suggested theme for this year’s members’ exhibition is fire, which is open to artistic interpretation. This thematic element is not mandatory, but it does qualify the work for a special award.

Admission and drop-off of artwork is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 10 at the Oswego Civic Arts Center. The opening of this show will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. This event is free and open to the public. Music and refreshments are provided.

Alongside the first weekend of the Members’ Exhibition, there will be two fundraising events…a small art exhibition and sale in the Jo Hyse Gallery on the first floor of the Art Center and a outdoor ceramic called Raku Rendezvous.

The small art exhibition and sale will be open on July 17 and 18 only during the opening hours of the gallery. Small-scale artwork no larger than 10 inches in any direction, created by local artists, will be sold direct to the wall for prices of $20 or less.

Just outside the Civic Arts Center on Sunday, July 18, there will be another episode of the Raku Rendezvous fundraiser, tied directly to this year’s fire theme. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the public is invited to purchase and glaze a ceramic vessel, then fire it to a pearly finish using the raku process…or simply come and watch the fun.

The Oswego Civic Arts Center is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, directly across from historic Fort Ontario. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call 315-216-6782.

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