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McNeil Building Gallery



Gallery Applications for both McNeil Building Gallery and Guthrie Medical Center Gallery are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Gallery Application     (If you are having difficulty accessing the application, email us

Please read the Exhibition Agreement.

Eltimar Design: Mary Elliott

May 15 - June 27

Reception Saturday June 10, 1 to 3 pm

Crafter, Scrapbooker, Cardmaker, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Tangler, MixedMedia Artist, Upcycler, Organic Dairy Farmer, Graphic Designer, Amateur Photographer, Interior Decorator, Educator Wife, Mom, Mima

As you can see, my designs are best described as eclectic. I have a lot of interests, and that translates to a lot of different techniques, looks, and types of finished product.

I found Zentangle a few years ago when I was very ill,, and looking for a viable way to meditate. My mind and pain levels wouldn't really allow me to settle into regular meditation. I could never find the quiet. But then one late night, while googling meditation, I found this funny word, "Zentangle." I have never been able to draw. Doodle, yes. Been doing that my whole life. But the Zentangle method allowed me to calm my mind, forget some of the pain, and create some cool designs. I fell in love with the whole concept. After a couple of years on my own, I found a class at our local library taught by Doris Wilbur. When she decided to retire, she encouraged me to get certified. I did, and now lead my own little merry band of Tanglers.

The Mixed Media piece came a little later. The idea of combining layers of paints and inks with stencils and found objects, ad then adding my drawings just seemed like a natural fit. 

And then you combine that with Upcycling? Trifecta! My craft room is a very cool place to be when I have a newly found treasure, my art supplies and pens, a new tangle to draw, and a design swimming through my brain.

I digitize all of my work, so that I can repurpose it to be used on other projects. (Yes, I even upcycle my own stuff.) All of these techniques can be combined to create wall hangings, cards, and scrapbook layouts.

I also create custom scrapbooks and journals, and will incorporate copies of my work into those.

I teach all of the above. Anywhere and everywhere I can.

On my business card it reads "I just love to create. Let me create something for you."

McNeil Building Gallery is located on the first floor at 17 Main Street Cortland. The exhibits are open to the public during business hours. 

Guthrie Medical Center and other sponsored exhibits

Details on Galleries: Please read before applying

The McNeil Gallery is located in the first floor entry passageway at 19 Main Street.  (Cortland Arts Connect maintains office space in that building.)  Artworks can be displayed on both sides of the gallery; each side is approximately 40 feet long.  Generally the area can hold 30-40 pieces, depending on size.  Options for this space can be for a single artist, two artists (one on each wall), or a group show.  McNeil Gallery shows are rotated on a 2 month basis.  A poster with information about a current show is displayed in the window facing Main Street.  The Cortland Standard publishes a Community Living article for each opening.   Artists may include sale prices with their works.

The Guthrie gallery is located in their staff cafeteria.  There are approximately 31 feet of wall space.  Currently, exhibits are rotated on a 6 month basis.  Guthrie personnel participate in reviewing artworks submitted for consideration.  Sale prices are not permitted in the display but the artist’s contact information can be included with the biographical information that is displayed with the artworks.

Deadlines: Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis. These dates are: March 31, June 30, Sept 30, Dec 31. Artists will be notified of acceptance 2 weeks after the deadline.

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