The Fibonacci 321 experiment continues; season opening celebration May 12

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CLAYTON — The Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery has made it to its second year, which for its member artist and art connoisseurs, is something to celebrate.

The gallery will do that, and its artists have invited others to join them at a reopening for the season celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the gallery, 321 James St.

The gallery will have a “soft opening” Thursday, May 4.

The gallery, which opened last May, is a collaborative effort, with its 11 artists paying the bills, staffing the exhibits and maintaining the building.

It is also an experiment. When it opened last year, organizers said Fibonacci 321 would continue until the end of that year, when its business model would be re-evaluated.

“Last year, we laid the groundwork,” gallery founder and Fibonacci 321 artist Kari Zelson Robertson said in an email. “This year can be a year of growth and refinement.”

Mrs. Robertson said artists were encouraged by the steady flow of traffic into the gallery, positive feedback and by the turnout at events it hosted, such as Art in Motion, last July, where its artists took to the street and where the public could watch them in action creating artwork. The gallery plans to repeat the event this summer.

“We feel that our first-year sales warranted a continuation, and so, here we are, in year two of the experiment,” Mrs. Robertson wrote. “The bottom line though, in order to continue, artists’ work must be purchased, or the rest of it is irrelevant.”

Among Fibonacci 321’s 11 artists this year are three newcomers to the gallery: landscape photographer Chris Murray, metal sculptor James Gonzalez and Jeri Haldeman, who creates painted silk scarves and textiles.

Mr. Murray, Syracuse, has been practicing landscape photography for over 15 years. His work has appeared in several magazines including Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Adirondack Life, Life in the Finger Lakes and New York State Conservationist. He has conducted photography workshops through Cazenovia College and the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton.

Mr. Gonzalez owns Farmhouse Forge, Potsdam, which creates items ranging from furniture to gates and railings. Mr. Gonzalez, an “artist blacksmith,” studied sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He specializes in bringing art and creativity to the functional realm and strives for a collaborative process with clients to create investment-quality ironwork.

Ms. Haldeman has been designing and creating beautiful and unusual textiles for the home and body since 1984. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Boston University’s artisan program, studied at Rhode Island School of Design and traveled to the Ivory Coast with Parsons School of Design, all to explore how textiles, as functional art, fulfill the human need for adornment.

The musician for the May 12 grand opening will be Sarah Parker Ada, a native of Cape Vincent and an English teacher at Indian River Central School District, Philadelphia. She will sing and play ukulele.

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The hours after the soft opening May 4 will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The hours from June to early October will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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