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Caz Library to raffle Williams pastel

— The Cazenovia Public Library recently announced it will give community members a chance to win a Dwight Williams pastel, through a raffle that will be held in conjunction with the first annual Cazenovia Art Trail.

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The featured artwork is signed and dated Oct 18, 1927 and depicts what is thought to be a local landscape. It will be at the Cazenovia Public Library beginning Oct. 3, and the raffle drawing will be held during the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Nov. 14 at Hubbard Hall.

Raffle tickets are $10 and will be available during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays between Oct. 3 and Nov. 14. at the circulation desk in the library. The winner does not have to be present at the drawing.

Dwight Williams (1856-1932), the son of a Methodist minister, was an American landscape painter and teacher of art.

He was born in Camillus, and spent most of his life in Cazenovia.

Williams attended Cazenovia Seminary and studied with landscape painter John Calvin Perry. Williams became head of the seminary’s art department in 1885 and later taught painting in Virginia at Norfolk College and the National Park Seminary, a finishing school near Washington, D.C.

He returned to Cazenovia in 1900 and remained there until his death.

Although physically impaired, he was an active member of the community, an avid fly-fisherman and the historian for the town and village.

Williams is best known for his works in pastel although he left many fine examples in oil.

His subject matter was predominantly the landscape. Williams was a teacher and mentor to the American artist Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928) and it’s said that Williams introduced a young Davies to the medium of pastel.

They frequently painted together among the fields and hills north of Utica and along Cazenovia Lake.

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