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Second Installation of Art in the Windows Program Launches During ArtsWeek & Activates Downtown’s Streetscape

Monday, July 24, 2017

Syracuse, NY – The second round of artwork featured in the new Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.’s Art in the Windows program was installed to coincide with ArtsWeek 2017. The Art in the Windows Program – first introduced in January 2017 – showcases available storefronts as retail business opportunities by shining a spotlight on the talents of local artists. The new pieces were unveiled Monday, July 24, in the ground-floor windows of three street-level storefronts.  

  • The WFBL Building, located at 431 South Warren Street, owned by Tom Cerio;
  • The Syracuse Building, located at 224 Harrison Street, owned by JF Real Estate;
  • The former Hurbson Building, located at 215 West Fayette Street, owned by The CRS Companies

The temporary installations were selected by a jury, and will remain in place at least through mid-October. The Downtown Committee matched the artwork with Downtown Syracuse properties whose owners expressed interest in participating in the program to enliven their vacant storefront space(s), and planned a July unveiling to coincide with the celebration of ArtsWeek throughout Downtown Syracuse. *Please note, descriptions of the pieces may be found below.

“The Art in the Windows program increases connectivity throughout Downtown Syracuse by presenting new opportunities to recharge the streetscape,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “We hope that the artwork will be a conversation-starter about development in these available spaces, and highlight their assets to ultimately attract new business that complements the existing variety of merchants located throughout Downtown Syracuse.”

Baldwinsville artist Sierra Barns created “Color Outside of the Lines,” a series of vibrant, abstract paintings displayed throughout the street-level windows of the WFBL Building, located at 431-433 South Warren Street (pictured to the left) Barns, who works in the AXA Towers just down the street, says she is working to “relentlessly make a difference in the world one beautiful mess at a time.” She believes color is a power which directly influences the soul, and hopes that belief comes across in her work to enliven the neighborhood. “This collection is meant to provide a therapeutic visual that will elevate mood, energy, physical and mental health in those who view it,” Barns said. Barns’ portfolio and additional information about her work may be found at http://sierrabarnsart.com

Marc Safran has one dozen photographs displayed in the street-level windows of the Syracuse Building, located at 224 Harrison Street, depicting dramatic, dynamic images of people connected to Syracuse. Safran, an ophthalmologist and experienced photographer, has a studio in the Delavan Center. He says he draws inspiration from the people of Syracuse. 

“Art in the Windows is a terrific venue for my work,” he said. “Whether my studio subjects are involved in theater, dance, fashion or modeling, I try to recruit cool, hip talent from our city. This opportunity to display the images in Downtown Syracuse is a great way to reciprocate the inspiration the city has given to me and my family.” Additional information about Safran and a portfolio of his work may be found at http://marcsafran.com.

Artist Rebekah Tanner installed five original digital photographs and two large-scale ceramic pieces in the windows facing Fayette Street in the former Hurbson Building, Armory Square’s most recent residential conversion (locaetd at 215 West Fayette Street). Most of her photographs were taken in Central New York. Tanner, who recently went back to school for Art and Liberal Arts and Sciences –after spending her career as a librarian – says her biggest goal in her first year of pursuing a career in art is to have her art seen by as many people as possible.

When I learned the Downtown Committee was requesting artist proposals, I thought that combining my local art with these storefront locations was compatible with my strong commitment to living local, buying local, and doing business locally,” Tanner said.

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WFBL Building, 431 S. Warren Street
"Color Outside of the Lines" by Sierra Barns 

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The Syracuse Building, 224 Harrison Street
Photographs by Marc Safran

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The forner Hurbson Building, 215 West Fayette Street
Artwork by Rebekah Tanner

Each of these vacant spaces is available for commercial use. There is 2,500 square feet available in the WFBL Building, 1,000 square feet available in the Syracuse Building, and the former Hurbson Building features 4,500 square feet of available retail space.

The second installment of Art in the Windows pieces joins existing Art in the Windows displays in the Pike Block, Chimes Building and Flagship Securities Building. Funding for Art in the Windows is provided by a grant through the Central New York Community Foundation.

The Downtown Committee is actively recruiting artists and property owners to participate in the third round of Art in the Windows installations. Interested property owners, local artists and/or non-profit art galleries are encouraged to contact the Downtown Committee’s Economic Development Program Manager Heather Schroeder by phone at 315-470-1958 or by email at hschroeder@downtownsyracuse.com, to get involved. For more information on available commercial space and storefronts throughout the central business district, please visit the Downtown Committee’s website or email Heather at hschroeder@downtownsyracuse.com.

ArtsWeek, a multi-faceted collaboration among organizations committed to celebrating the arts in Downtown Syracuse, started July 22 and continues through this Sunday, July 30. The AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, one of the anchor events of the celebration, kicks off Friday, July 28 at 10:00 am in Columbus Circle. Additional information about the festival may be found on the Downtown Committee’s website at https://downtownsyracuse.com/syracuse-arts-and-crafts-festival.

About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district.  The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe and accessible. For more information, visit www.downtownsyracuse.com.


About the Central New York Community Foundation 
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $193 million. It awarded $11 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $150 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit https://cnycf.wordpress.com


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