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                                                                  Seymour Magnet. It collaborated with Vera
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                                                                  House in exhibiting artworks done by people
                                                                  who survived domestic abuse. It displayed
    Real Places, Imagined Spaces, a five-art-                     work by participants and staff from Transi-
ist exhibit presented in 2007, had a similar                      tional Living Services.
agenda. It encompassed Sandy Clift’s mixed-                          Friday’s reception is open to the public,
media works, Michael Moberg’s metal                               and the gallery, located at 501 W. Fayette St.,
sculptures, photos by John Dowling and John                       will open one more time on Saturday. For
Francis McCarthy, and a selection of Michael                      more information, call 425-7500.
Berman’s abstract paintings.                                                                  —Carl Mellor
    However, there was no Delavan prototype.
The gallery also hosted shows like Maximum
Color, which both displayed diverse media                         Frack attack
and played with an overriding theme: how                              Even though The Post-Standard headline
artists like Phil Austin, who creates glass-                      insisted that a change in policy by the state
works, and Linda Spatuzzi, a photographer,                        Department of Environmental Conservation
use color.                                                        announced last Friday, April 23, would make
    Beyond that, Delavan offered several                          it “virtually impossible” to drill for natural
exhibits with a special emphasis. The 2006                        gas in the Skaneateles watershed, local anti-
show Fashion, Fashion turned out to be both                       hydrofracking activist Laura Brazak wasn’t
fun and accessible to the general public,                         buying it.
not just fashion devotees. Shadows, hung in                           “It’s better than getting poked in the eye
2008, began with a call for work incorporat-                      with a stick,” said Brazak, a photographer
ing or depicting shadows. This show proved                        who spends most of her time these days advo-                        Caroline Szozda McGowan and Bill Delavan: Bid farewell to the Delavan Art Gallery
there’s no way to tightly wrap every piece                        cating for a ban on the use of high-volume                          this weekend while cooking up a new use for the 3,800-square-foot space on West
around a concept at the same time the exhibit                     hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas                         Fayette Street.
proved interesting, since it featured works                       from the Marcellus shale. Brazak manages
by Arlene Abend, Hilary Gifford and Jeff                          a popular Facebook page “You Can’t Drink                                “This doesn’t ban hydrofracking,” said            The Marcellus shale derives its name from
Schuessler. On yet another front, Delavan                         Money” along with musician George Rossi                             Brazak when reached by telephone two days          the Onondaga County town where the shale
hosted a successful fiber-art exhibition.                         and nonprofit consultant Julie Benzo. The                           after the DEC announced it would require           touches the surface of the earth. The shale
    There was partnership with community                          site has garnered more than 3,000 friends in a                      a separate, and presumably more stringent,         extends all the way to West Virginia, and it is
groups. The gallery displayed seven exhibits                      matter of months and tries to serve as a clear-                     process for the issuance of permits to frack       believed it could yield hundreds of trillions
featuring works created by students from two                      inghouse for the anti-frack forces.                                 in the areas surrounding Skaneateles Lake,         of cubic feet of natural gas. The gas can only
                                                                                                                                      the source of much of Syracuse’s drinking          profitably be extracted using a combina-
                                                                                                                                      water. “It just makes it uneconomic at this        tion of horizontal drilling and high-volume
  h i s t o r i c                           v i l l a g e   o n     t h e      s e n e c a       r i v e r                            particular price point,” protested Brazak,         hydraulic fracturing, which involves shoot-



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                                                                                                                                      who lives on the West Side. “It’s not legally      ing hundreds of thousands or even millions
                                                                                                                                      binding. It just says we’re going to make it       of gallons of water mixed with sand and
                                                                                                                                      more expensive.”                                   chemicals into channels at depths of 8,000 or
                                                                                                                                          On April 23, the DEC announced that the        10,000 feet.
                                                                                                                                      Skaneateles watershed and New York City’s             Industry supporters, including Gov. David
                                                                                                                                      Catskill watersheds would be excluded from         Paterson, view the shale as a source of jobs,
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Description: "It's better than getting poked in the eye with a stick," said [Laura Brazak], a photographer who spends most of her time these days advocating for a ban on the use of high-volume hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale. Brazak manages a popular Facebook page "You Can't Drink Money" along with musician George Rossi and nonprofit consultant Julie Benzo. The site has garnered more than 3,000 friends in a matter of months and tries to serve as a clearinghouse for the anti-frack forces."This doesn't ban hydrofracking," said Brazak when reached by telephone two days after the DEC announced it would require a separate, and presumably more stringent, process for the issuance of permits to frack in the areas surrounding Skaneateles Lake, the source of much of Syracuse's drinking water. "It just makes it uneconomic at this particular price point," protested Brazak, who lives on the West Side. "It's not legally binding. It just says we're going to make it more expensive."Pete Grannis, the commissioner of DEC, was also present at the conference, held on April 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany. Neither Field nor Grannis returned requests to comment on Field's statement. At week's end Maureen Wren, of the DEC press office, called with news of the Skaneateles watershed development. Asked about Field's statement, she said the review process would be followed until a revised draft of the DSGEIS was completed and that any talk of a specific timeline was "premature." Asked if this meant that Field's statement to the Business Council was "premature," she said that yes, it was indeed premature. Fifty-eight permit applications are pending for high volume hydraulic fracturing across New York state.
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