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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.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Summer Hours

(July – August)
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Closed (July – August)



Current Exhibition:

INTERIOR | EXTERIOR: Paintings and Drawings, Works by Diane Fitch

171 Cedar Arts Center will display inspired and inventive works by Vermont artist, Diane Fitch.

171 Cedar Arts Center kicks off the exhibit with an Opening Reception on Friday, September 9th, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. 171 will offer light hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the opening reception.

Beth Landin, Executive Director of 171 Cedar Arts Center, states that she is excited to welcome Diane Fitch to 171 Cedar Arts Center’s Houghton Gallery. Diane is an accomplished, award-winning artist and professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Wright State University in Ohio. Her nationally recognized work’s primary motif is the figure in interior space, which is so relatable right now.

This is what Diane has to say about her work:

Lived-in spaces imply the people who inhabit them. Objects carry layers of meaning. While I often include still life elements in interior paintings, my current still life series envisions a Lilliputian world, a small landscape of houses and objects existing inside a human scale house. I love including objects that feel inherently animated, stand ins for the human figure.

The world that comes to us through the senses is fluid and ever-changing, with each moment of seeing unique. No matter how staid or decisive the resulting painting appears, the act of painting from direct observation is one of improvisation.  One chooses from among fleeting moments, relationships, and sensations, knitting them together to fabricate a congruent, assembled, invented experience. My hope is to honor the particularity of objects, spaces, and people, while at the same time making them a vital component in the abstract structure of the painting. The source of my paintings is usually the stuff of my daily life, encountered or arranged. The dream is, through the alchemy of the language of paint, to spin straw into something more precious.

See Interior/Exterior in 171’s Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street


Showcase Reception: Friday, September 9, 2022 | 5-7 PM, with Artist Talk Starting at 6 pm.

Exhibition on View: September 9 – October 28, 2022

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Works by Diane Fitch | Interior/Exterior: Paintings & Drawings
On Display: September 9 to October 21, 2022
Opening Reception: September 9, 2022

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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