The Oneida Community Mansion House has announce the opening of “James R. Colway: From Central New York to the World,” a new exhibit that celebrates the work of Central New York artist James R. Colway, an internationally known artist who also served as the Art Director and Director/Vice-President of Advertising at Oneida Limited, on September 14th.
“James R. Colway: From Central New York to the World” will display works that highlight Colway’s love of Central New York with landscapes of Oneida, Sherrill, Knoxboro, Cazenovia and other locations throughout the region.
These pieces present scenes of America by a born and raised Oneida resident who lived and worked near the Mansion House. However, these paintings did not remain in Central New York. They were part of the “Art in the Embassies” program wherein the US government placed American art in American embassies worldwide to promote the culture of the United States abroad during the Cold War. These paintings have not been seen together in years and it is the first exhibit solely dedicated to the life and work of James Colway.
Illustration: “My Father’s Store,” 1992, Watercolor, City of Oneida, October 1926, East Side of Main Street looking South by James R. Colway.