Syracuse elementary schools, Blodgett and
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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-
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,
the Draft S