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 today’s artists, primarily from New York State.

Exhibitions, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free of charge. Special lectures and group tours can be arranged. Request to be added to the gallery mailing list or email list by contacting info@171cedararts.org

Gallery hours are typically Monday – Friday 9am-9pm, and Saturday 9am-3pm. Call ahead on the weekend or late weeknights, as the Center’s hours can vary due to class schedules and holidays.


Current Exhibition:

pARTners: 171 and West End Gallery featuring the work of Brian Keeler

171 Cedar Arts Center in collaboration with West End Gallery will display vibrant, large scale oil paintings by Brian S. Keeler starting November 30. The exhibition, entitled Luminous Lakes, features a selection of Keuka and Seneca Lake paintings and will show until January 2019.

171 Cedar Arts Center kicks off the exhibit on Friday, November 30 during Corning’s Urban Arts Crawl. 171 will offer light hors d’oeuvre, beverage, and live music during the opening reception. Music provided by Zingology featuring Ted Caldwell on stand-up bass, Sue Smith on chromatic harmonica, Joanna Green on violin, Doug Robinson on guitar, Brian Keeler on guitar and Art Godin on guitar will play throughout the evening. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 PM.

Keeler explains, “This show at 171 Cedar Arts Center is a collection of recent plein air and studio works focusing on the beauty of Seneca and Keuka Lakes. The title of this show, Luminous Lakes, suggests my interest in painting the ephemeral effects of light and atmosphere as it plays on and describes the topography of these landscapes.”

Keeler who currently resides in Ithaca, NY, maintains a studio in his hometown of Wyalusing, PA. He primarily devotes his time to painting landscapes, still lifes, figures, and portraits in oil, pastel, and watercolor. In 2016-17 a retrospective of 95 paintings by Keeler were displayed in the Sears Harkness Gallery at the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, NY. A catalog and documentary DVD were produced to commemorate the exhibit.

Keeler’s paintings are represented at the following galleries – Laura Craig Gallery in Scranton, West End Gallery in Corning, NY, The Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine and the FAN Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

Jesse Gardner from West End Gallery, which has represented Keeler for nearly 25 years, is excited by the upcoming exhibition proclaiming, “This is one of Brian’s most incredible exhibits. We live in such a beautiful region and his depictions of Keuka and Seneca Lakes are absolutely breathtaking!”

“It has been an honor working in pARTnership with 171. It is important to understand the benefits of arts organizations working together. In this case, West End Gallery has an additional venue in which to showcase the stunning works of Brian S. Keeler. Brian is gaining additional exposure and another platform to share his beautiful works of art.”

See Luminous Lakes in 171’s Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street with additional paintings by Brian S. Keeler at West End Gallery at 12 West Market Street in Corning, NY starting November 30 through January of 2019.

On Display: November 30, 2018 – January 11, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, 2018


Upcoming Exhibitions:

The Work of Leah Schmidt
On Display: April – May 2019
Opening Reception: TBA

The Work of Julie Thurber
On Display: September – October 2019
Opening Reception: TBA


Past Exhibitions:

Plein Air Painting and Poetry: The Work of Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Michael Czarnecki
On Display: October 26 – November 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26, 5 – 8 PM

Taking a Closer Look: Photographs by Rob Houghton
On Display: August 31 – October 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 5 – 8 PM

Garden of Fire Exhibition
Evolving Creation and Display of Artwork: July 30 – August 17, 2018
Student and Public Reception: Friday, August 10, 11 AM – 7 PM

Summer Mosaic
Public Exhibition: July 16 – 18, 2018
Private Preview (Ticketed Event) First day to purchase artwork: July 19
Mosaic Bash (Ticketed Event) Second day to purchase artwork: July 20
New Moon Sale (Free to the public) Final two days to purchase artwork: July 21 and 22

The Work Of Alfred Valerio
On Display: June 7 – 29
Closing Reception: Friday, June 29, 5 – 8 PM

Co-starring   P.J. ZIMMERLINK    DANIEL REIDY
On Display: April 6 – May 26, 2018
Reception: Friday, April 6, 5 – 8 PM

ROOTS & BLOSSOMS | PAST & PRESENT: an exhibition of artwork created by former and present-day students of 171 Cedar Arts Center and 2018 National Youth Art Month Exhibition
On Display: March 9-23
Opening Reception: March 9, 2018, 4-7 PM in 171’s Houghton Gallery, located at 155 Cedar Street, Corning, NY

The Ritual Table: A Place of Memory; A State of Mind
Featuring: Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, Geoff Heywood, Aaron Kather, Chris Longwell, Martha Manikas-Foster, Eugenia Meltzer, Abby O’Brian, Rita Rhodes, Laura Sanz, Jacques Schickel, Amanda Warren
February 9-24, 2018
Opening Reception: February 9, 2018

pARTners: Buechner Family Exhibit: Generations of Creativity – Presented by West End Gallery
December 1, 2017 – January 26, 2018

Satyavani Pippalla Akula | An Artist Explores Consciousness
September 8 – October 13, 2017
Closing Reception: October 6, 6pm

Samantha Calkins GAZE: Paintings and Photography
August 11-29, 2017
Reception: August 11, 2017, 7pm

2017 Summer Mosaic
Featuring: Colleen McCall, Beth Landin, Filomena Jack, Brud Holland, Alicia Herbst, Annemiek Haralson, Rebecca Finch, Cynthia Cratsley Harrington, Lucretia West, Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, Vani Pipalla Akula, Karen Vogler, Lynn Dates, Ann Recotta, Laura Jaen, Jill Schiller, Marc Rubin, Mary Perry, Lee O’Connell, Aprille Nace, Daniel McPheeters, Amanda Warren, Elizabeth Whitehouse.

Laura Charles: Of Witches and Maidens: Reimagining and celebrating female characters in myth, folklore, and pop-culture.
On Display: through June 16, 2017
Reception: May 12, 2016

WISHI WASHI Featuring Bradford Leiby
April 1- 30, 2017

National Youth Art Month a Program of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
March 1-31, 2017
Reception: March 10, 5-7pm

Memoirs: A Biographical Photography Exhibition by Emilee Andrews
A tribute to the elderly, featuring images and stories of people aged 70+ throughout the Southern Tier
February 3-24, 2017
Opening Reception: February 3, 5-7pm

pARTners: West End Gallery Presents: Director’s Choice in the Houghton Gallery
December 2, 2016 – January 27, 2017

The Art of Color | Paintings by Lucretia West
October 7 – November 26, 2016
Opening Reception: October 7, 5-7pm

Paula DiSanto Bensadoun & Nancy Ridenour – Wing Beats & Flowering Moments
September 9 – 30, 2016
Reception: September 9 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Figure as a Functional Object: A Retrospective of Teapots, Tea Caddies, and Ceramic Sculpture by Eugenia Frith Meltzer
August 8 – 26, 2016
Reception: August 5 | 5 – 7 PM