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171’s Houghton Gallery

171 Cedar Arts Center’s Houghton Gallery is one of the area’s premier visual arts venues. The gallery presents engaging work by contemporary artists, primarily from New York State.

Exhibitions, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free of charge. Special lectures and group tours can be arranged.


Current Exhibition:

Brian S. Keeler | Land & Light

On view January 12, through March 8, 2024

Land & Light opens on Friday, January 12.

171 Cedar Arts Center presents Brian S. Keeler | Land & Light in the Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street from January 12 – March 8, 2024.

The Opening Reception will be on January 12 from 5 to 7 pm.

This solo exhibition of oil paintings by local artist Brian S. Keeler celebrates the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes Region, with specific focus given to Keuka and Seneca Lakes. Keeler is intrigued by the ever-changing quality of natural light and the effect it has on the surrounding landscape. Following in the Impressionist tradition, he makes direct studies from nature of the same subject matter during different seasons, weather conditions, and variable sunlight. The canvases on view here were created both in this plein air method as well as in the studio working from preliminary field sketches. The paintings reflect the rolling hills of our region, spectacular cloud formations, vineyards rising above the water, and bales of hay gleaming in the sunlight. They allude to the agrarian tradition that is so deeply rooted in Western New York State.

Keeler’s body of work is distinguished by its fine draftsmanship, saturated color, realistic perspective, and compositional balance. His practice of painting on location lends his landscapes an immediacy and authenticity which can only be achieved through direct study. Keeler is recognized as one of the preeminent representational painters working in the Northeast today. Over the course of 30 years, his work has received a host of awards and has been featured in such leading publications as American Artist Magazine and Pastelogram, a journal for pastel artists. The artist teaches workshops periodically in the Umbria and Tuscany regions of Italy and is based in Corning, NY.

Special thanks is extended to Jesse Gardiner, Owner & Executive Director of West End Gallery, for her generous collaboration on this special exhibition.

171 Cedar Arts Center is a dynamic organization that enriches the community by offering exceptional arts instruction, contemporary art exhibits, and live performances. The Arts Center is in two historic buildings at 155 and 171 Cedar Street, in the heart of Corning, NY. The Houghton Gallery is located at 155 Cedar Street.

171’s Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street.

Keeler has been represented by West End Gallery for over 30 years.  His paintings depicting Keuka and Seneca Lakes may be found year-round in person and online at:

West End Gallery
12 West Market Street – Corning, NY 14830 – 607.936.2011



This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated!

Upcoming Exhibitions:

• 171 Showcase: Featured Works of Faculty and Students
March 22 – April 26, 2024

• Corning Chinese School Student Exhibition
May 7 – 16, 2024

• Transparency: A Juried Exhibition of The Studio Artists of CMoG
May 24 – July 12, 2024

• The Mighty Chemung: Chris Walters Solo Exhibition
July 26 – August 31, 2024

• Untitled: Shana Warwick
September 13 – October 26, 2024

• MOSAIC: A Juried Exhibition of Local Artists
November 8 – December 14, 2024

Opportunities to Exhibit

Exhibitions (General Inquiry)

If interested in being an exhibiting artist at 171, click here and complete the following form.

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