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A Showcase to benefit the Saltonstall Foundation


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Join us at the beautiful Saltonstall Arts Colony for a Showcase featuring residency alumni and special guests:


(Complete bios can be found below.)


Enjoy readings and then tour the studios to see works by our guest artists.


Heavy, mostly-vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, and coffee will be served under a gorgeous heated tent with sides.

Silent auction items


We are excited to offer the following items as part of a silent auction during the fundraiser. Each item will have a minimum bid of $100.00 with the exception of Jim Mott’s prints, which will have a minimum bid of $50.00 each.

ConnieSaltonstall-Piglet Rehearsing with Vicki


  • Photo by our founder, Connie Saltonstall


This is the first time we are offering a print of one of Connie Saltonstall’s original images. This gorgeous black & white print measures approximately 13″x10″ and is printed on semi-glossy paper with a 4″ white border. (Total size: 17.25″x 14″)


Image title: “Piglet Rehearsing for her P.T. Barnum & Baily Debut,” (sic) Trainer V. Romanoff, 1976



BobProehl featured image for news story


  •  Coffee with Saltonstall’s Board President, Bob Proehl!

That’s right, we are offering up our intrepid board chair, Bob Proehl.


Bob will take you out for coffee and a tasty treat at one of our local Gimme! Coffee locations. (TBD)


And in honor of the paperback release of Bob’s debut novel, A Hundred Thousand Worlds, you’ll also receive a signed copy of the book.


“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints



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  • An original drawing by artist Gabe Brown


Untitled #107, 2016, watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper, 7.5″ x 7.5″





  • Archival digital print from an original painting by Jim Mott 


“Prairie Penstemons” was painted outside of Urban, Illinois during the end of Jim’s first Itinerant Artist Project tour in 2000. “I found the open space and flat land a welcome change from the Rockies and enjoyed a landscape where eventfulness was just a row of trees on the horizon or a few flowers.” – Jim

Image is 6″ x 11″ printed on 10″ x 13″ paper




  • Archival digital print from an original painting by Jim Mott 



“Isabella Beach” was painted on Fishers Island, New York at the end of Jim’s 2006 Itinerant Artist Project tour. “(That) tour was a frustrating grind until the last stop, when I fell in love with Isabella Beach and spent the day painting there.” – Jim

Image is 6″ x 9″ printed on 10″ x 13″ paper





  • Archival digital print from an original painting by Jim Mott


“Porch in Ojai with Chicken” was painted in Ojai, California during Jim’s 2015 Itinerant Artist Project tour. “I was staying with a friend of Mick Fleetwood’s daughter on property that used to be part of the Krishnamurti headquarters … The house I stayed at had an avocado orchard nearby and ducks and chickens running around freely.” – Jim

Image is 6″ x 8″ printed on 10″ x 13″ paper

Purchase your Showcase tickets here!

Friendraiser 2015 by Elena Soterakis

Showcase Details


Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017


Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm


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.


Food: Chef Eileen Hughes will prepare hearty vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, but some dishes may contain dairy and/or nuts.


Parking: Free on-site parking


Saltonstall is located 8 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:

photographer Nydia Blas, ’15


Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York with her two children . She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently serves as the Acting Executive Director of Southside Community Center, Inc.


Blas delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. She is drawn to matters of sexuality and intimacy and calls upon her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that  in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary.


In the Summer of 2016 she completed an artist residency at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Following this she presented her series “The Girls Who Spun Gold” at the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College where she gave her Artist Talk though the Center For Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity. Her work was also shown in “The Trouble With Flesh” at Light Work Syracuse, N.Y. and “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”, George Washington Carver Museum, Austin, T.X. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Strange Fire Collective and Fotografia Magazine. Upcoming, her work will be shown in “The Feeling is Mutual” at the Rangefiner Gallery, Chicago and Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.

FullSizeRender 27visual artist Gabe Brown (’16)


Gabe Brown was raised in New York City.  She received her BFA degree in 1989 from The Cooper Union and was awarded a Full Fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  Two years later she received her MFA in Painting from the University of California, Davis.


She was awarded a fellowship at Saltonstall Artist Colony in Ithaca, New York where she was a resident in August 2016, and in 2008 she was a Resident Fellow in Visual Arts at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota.


Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums such as Kenise Barnes Contemporary Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Butters Gallery, Matteawan Gallery, The Saratoga Arts Center, Garrison Arts Center, John Davis Gallery, ArtsWestchester, Schweinfurth Arts Center, SUNY Brockport, The Horticultural Society of New York, Albany International Airport, Sears-Peyton Gallery, and Carrie Haddad Gallery.


In 2014 she was the recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and chosen to be one of two artists for a public arts project for ArtBridge. Gabe is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University and SUNY New Paltz where she has received two Merit Awards for Professional Achievement. Gabe Brown Lives in the Hudson Valley, NY


(Photo: Gabe in her studio during her Saltonstall residency)

writer 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.

writer Lisa Ko (’10)


Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.


Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, Apogee Journal, Narrative, O. Magazine, Copper Nickel, Storychord, One Teen Story, Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere.


Lisa has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, the Van Lier Foundation, Hawthornden Castle, the I-Park Foundation, the Anderson Center, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Born in Queens and raised in Jersey, she lives in Brooklyn.

painter Jim Mott (’12 + ’15)


Jim Mott is a Rochester-based painter and part-time environmental consultant. His work tends toward expressive, small-panel landscape painting, although there are occasional large canvases and departures into abstraction.


He also hits the road periodically with his Itinerant Artist Project (IAP), staying with strangers, painting the surroundings wherever he ends up, and “exchanging art for hospitality across America.” The IAP has led to some interesting opportunities and experiences, such as a Today Show appearance and trading art for a speeding ticket in Montana.


Jim earned his MFA in painting from the University of Michigan; a BS in environmental science from SUNY Brockport; and a BA in religion and visual studies from Dartmouth College. He is married to the writer Sonja Livingston.