A Fundraiser and Ceremonial Groundbreaking!


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Join us at the beautiful Saltonstall Arts Colony for a ticketless fundraiser and ceremonial ground-breaking for our accessible addition and redesign to the studio building. (You can read more about this building project here.)


No tickets?


“Ticketless” means we are not selling tickets and will be raising money on-site throughout the evening.


We know that a set ticket price can be an economic barrier for those who want to support us. For this special event, your presence is more important than the size of your donation.




Live music with the joyful, talented East Hill Classic Jazz Quartet led by Doug Robinson on guitar with Ithaca icon Johnny Russo on trumpet, Brian Earle on clarinet, and Jim Sherpa on washtub bass.


Readings and open studios with the following special guests:



(Complete bios can be found below.)


What we’ll be serving:


Residency chef Mandy Beem-Miller is bringing her food truck! The Good Truck will be serving fabulous tacos, sides, and salads outside the tent with assorted appetizers inside the tent. Bite-sized gourmet desserts, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served.


Most of the food will be vegetarian with a few gluten-free and/or vegan options (including dessert!)


The schedule:


5:30 – 6:00pm: Grab yourself some tacos from The Good Truck, a beverage of your choice, some appetizers, and enjoy live music under the tent.


6:00pm: Ground-breaking! While there’s still light in the sky, we’ll put some shovels in the dirt and toast our exciting new accessible addition. (FYI: the actual ground-breaking will take place in mid-April, 2020.)


6:30 – 7:00pm: Eating, drinking, good conversations, and more music under the tent.


7:00pm: Readings by Leslie Daniels and Shawn Goodman


7:30 – 8:30pm: Studio tours featuring art works by Pat Berran and Lindsey Glover. Bite-sized gourmet desserts, wine, beer, non-alcoholic options, and live music under the tent.




Without ticket sales, we’ll ask for RSVPs through our Eventbrite page so we can plan accordingly for food and beverages. Please “Register” for this event using the link immediately below so we know you’re coming!

``Register`` your RSVP here!

Friendraiser 2015 by Elena Soterakis

Fundraiser Details


Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019


Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm


Location: The Saltonstall Arts Colony: 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road, Ithaca, NY


Dress: Casually elegant. Half of the evening will take place under a gorgeous, heated tent with sides (as seen above.) However, please dress for cool weather and wear shoes suited to some uneven terrain and short walks up and down a gravel driveway.


Parking: Free on-site parking around the parking circle at our office. We will have a few parking spots available quite close to the tent if needed.


Saltonstall is located eight miles east of downtown Ithaca in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood. You cannot see the colony from the road, but we do have a prominent sign at the base of our driveway. (See map below)

Featured alumni & special guests:

visual artist, Patrick Berran (’13)


Patrick Berran is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  He received his MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2006.  He has had solo exhibitions at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; One River School of Art + Design, Englewood, NJ; HUNTER / WHITFIELD, London; White Columns, New York; and Chapter NY, New York. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Over Under, Brooklyn; Rod Bianco, Oslo; M+B Gallery, Los Angeles; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis; and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York.


In 2018, after Berran was diagnosed with Lymphoma, he transitioned from making large-scale paintings to smaller works on paper. When printing and painting became too physically demanding, the artist began to repurpose preexisting materials, mining his personal archive of visual data—sketches, prints, photocopies, spray painted paper, etc.—to create collages. This process marked a return to the materials that previously informed his paintings, providing an opportunity to explore the physicality of the paper itself to new ends.

writer/former board member Leslie Daniels


Leslie Daniels is a writer who lives in Ithaca NY.  She served as a board member for Saltonstall from 2016 – 2018.  Leslie received a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, MA in psychology from the New School for Social Research, MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. Leslie has taught writing workshops at the University of Pennsylvania writing conference, Eastern Washington University MFA program, Franklin & Marshall College, and others. She was the 2011 Walton Award visiting writer at the University of Arkansas.


Leslie was the fiction editor for Green Mountains Review, and guest edited the Louisville Review. In Ithaca she served as the artistic advisor to the Finger Lakes literary festival, Spring Writes. She has published stories or essays in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, Stone Canoe, among others.  Her one-act play was produced by The Shooting Gallery in New York City.  She has been nominated for Best American Essays, four times for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Associated Writing Programs.

visual artist / Parent-Fellow Lindsey Glover (’19)


Lindsey Glover (’19) lives and works in Trumansburg, NY with her husband and son.  She has lived in New York state all of her life, and finds that “the variable seasons often inform what I am working on in my studio.”  In 2008, she completed her MFA at Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. While in the graduate program at Cornell, she was the recipient of the Margaret Bourke-White Photography Portfolio Prize, a juried award for a photographic portfolio, and the John Hartell Graduate Award, awarded for excellence in studio practice. She received her BFA from NYSCC at Alfred University, School of Art and Design in 2005.


Out of an inquisitiveness of the natural world, her artwork includes forms of video, photography, print media and installation. Lindsey’s multi-media works often use digital technology to frame her reconfigurations and reflections of the environment.

writer/Teacher Residency alum Shawn Goodman


Shawn Goodman is the award winning author of Kindness for Weakness, and Something Like Hope, both of which were inspired by his experiences working in several New York State juvenile detention facilities.


He is also the co-author of This Way Home, written with bestselling author, Wes Moore. When not writing books, he works as a school psychologist, teaches creative writing, and plays soccer. Shawn lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children.