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February 5, 2014

SUNY Oneonta student uses art to spruce up city

A SUNY Oneonta student is sharing her artwork to help Oneonta build community spirit and more.

Lynn Golan, 21, is contributing prints through “It’s In Our Hands: An Art Initiative for the Community,” an independent project at the State University College at Oneonta supported by a on-campus grants program.

“I created this project to bring art into the community and create a conversation about building solidarity through our similarities while respecting and honoring our differences,” Golan said in an artist’s statement. “Oneonta is home to all sorts of people, yet its mountains welcome each person equally with open and warm encouragement, and this is what we can all strive for. It is here that we grow, learn, love and connect with others.”

Framed copies of her print have been appearing in downtown Oneonta businesses and community organizations. On Tuesday night, at the Common Council meeting, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller displayed the print that will hang at City Hall.

“The image is a tree,” Golan said during an interview outside Common Council Chambers. “You see the roots and the branches and you see the people around it.” The local foothills are in the background, she said, and below is an embossed illustration of hands.

“It is here that we must support positive thinking and action to encourage one another to be good citizens, neighbors and friends,” she said in her statement that accompanies the print. “My artwork represents the ever-uplifting sense of community, respect, love and solidarity that we can find when we connect to one another and to the land we share. What do you think builds a strong community and what can you do to help strengthen our community?”

Carol Mandigo, a local artist, applauded Golan’s project and its focus on encouraging dialogue about the community, its assets, lifestyle and future.

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