STEVIA NDOE The Story of Melpomene

Stevia Ndoe Solo Exhibition at 4 Elements Studio

Start date: February 10, 2023
End date: March 17, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location: 1607 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13501
Organizer: 4 Elements Studio
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The Story of Melpomene • February 10 - March 17, 2023

Opening Reception Friday, February 10, 6:00 pm. • Free and Open to the Public.

Opening reception for solo exhibition of photographer, Stevia Ndoe. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. 

Artist Statement

My art answers the questions my younger self was too scared to ask. Growing up in an immigrant’s household, I felt as though there were certain topics I was not allowed to ask, let alone think about. I grew up with the idea that I was lucky to be growing up in the “land of the free” and questioning anything about my position in society was basically forbidden. Now as a creative, I use my artistic tools and skills to investigate issues I am passionate about. Whether it be about black liberation, ableism, or the dynamic within my immigrant household, I use my art as a means for exploration and my artwork is a visualization of the questions I have been exploring since childhood. I am traditionally a fine arts photographer and I draw inspiration from artists Dawoud Bey, La Toya Ruby Fraiser, and Gordon Parks. Parks’s usage of photography as a means to expose the realities of life resonates deeply with me and I try to practice that through my art. I draw a lot of inspiration from Fraiser’s composition style, especially from her series “The Notion of Family.” Bey’s composition and the connection he makes with his subjects is the root of much of my work and encourages me to get more familiar to the people I take photos of. I aim for the viewers of my work to feel a part of my pieces, not just spectators. Much of my work is very personal and all-encompassing--it is meant to be immersive, not just seen. In a key minimalist approach with my photos, therefore they are not abstract at first glance, but are conceptually intriguing and philosophical. My goal for my work is to make my viewer ask more questions about themselves and their position in society. I want my artwork to not only be a statement of self-reflection but a call to action for those engaging with it. I started my trajectory into the arts as a film photographer and the skills I've learned from the medium (and continue to learn from it) are practices I use in my work every day. Because of the cost of film and film development, there is little room for error with the pictures I take. I only have so many frames to get the image I want and because of that, I am very meticulous when it comes to planning my personal projects. I create a scene in my mind, plan it out, and in one shot, I capture it the best I can. As I expand my artwork into other mediums and forms of photography, such as digital photography, I keep that same work ethic with me. Additionally, I love film because of how personal the film developing process is. I shoot, develop, scan, and print my own work and through this process, I feel a special sort of connection between mean the photos I take. I see them from the point they are an idea/sketch to their physical conception and because of that, it makes the process of creating all the more special and unique. 

Author Talk & Book Signing: Ruthie Deeply

Date: February 25, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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February 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Ruthie Deeply by author Vincent Palmieri shares the true-life story of Ruth Morgan.

She faced challenging circumstances after being abandoned in east Utica in 1934 including homelessness and being forced into the Syracuse State School. She remained steadfast in her belief to be released and achieved her goal; she is currently alive and well at 87 years old in Herkimer County.

Ruth's life story is truly the personification of the old adage, "It is not where you start that counts; it is where you finish

Searching for Timbuctoo: Film Screening with writer/ director Paul Miller

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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February 7 - 11, 2023, ​​at 2:00 p.m. 

Searching for Timbuctoo tells the little-known story of a Black settlement established in the wilds of upstate New York that brought together a group of ardent abolitionists willing to risk their fortunes, families, and futures to destroy slavery.

This feature-length documentary reveals the hidden history of this long-lost community and the search for the elusive Timbuctoo settlement. A Q&A session with writer and director Paul A. Miller will follow the film. In-person only.

Valentine’s Day Drop-In Workshop

Start date: February 7, 2023
End date: February 11, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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February 7 - 11, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Children of all ages are invited to make old-fashioned handmade cards.

Cut, paste, and decorate with provided materials. Art projects are designed for ages four and up. This is a fun way for children to get creative and use their hands to make something they will be excited to share with a friend or loved one.

Historic Snowstorms of Central New York

Date: January 21, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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Saturday, January 21, 2:00 p.m.

Central New York, a region renowned as one of the snowiest in the world, has a long and stormy relationship with its winters.

Historic Snowstorms of Central New York by Jim Farfaglia

Every one of its communities has found itself buried in brutal snowstorms over the years. Author Jim Farfaglia will share stories and photos from his new book Historic Snowstorms of Central New York, which covers 200 years of memorable storms. 

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Historic Snowstorms of Central New York

Date: January 7, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642
Oneida County History Center

Historic Snowstorms of Central New York

Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. 

Central New York, a region renowned as one of the snowiest in the world, has a long and stormy relationship with its winters. Every one of its communities has found itself buried in brutal snowstorms over the years. Author Jim Farfaglia' will share stories and photos from his new book Historic Snowstorms of Central New York, which covers 200 years of memorable storms. 

Frank Snell: Automobile Pioneer

Date: January 7, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642
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Frank Snell: Automobile Pioneer

Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. 

Robert Taylor will present recent discoveries about the innovative motor car designed and built in 1900 by mechanic Frank Snell of Waterville, which is now in the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Taylor, a Society of Automotive Historians member, specializes in automobiles built before 1930 and outside Michigan. 

FUNTRAK Train Display

Start date: December 27, 2022
End date: December 29, 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642
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FUNTRAK Train Display

Tuesday, December 27 through Thursday, December 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Frankfort United N-Trak (FUNTRAK) Model Railroad Club returns for its annual post-holiday exhibition. 

Come aboard and enjoy the club's model trains and talk rail history with fellow enthusiasts of all ages. The model trains will be displayed in the main gallery daily Tuesday through Thursday. This event is free and family-friendly.

Holiday Traditions of the Mohawk Valley

Date: December 10, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642
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Holiday Traditions of the Mohawk Valley

Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m. 

Take a look back at the holiday and winter traditions of the Mohawk Valley. William Sawyer, a park ranger for over 30 years, will present songs and stories looking at historic holiday traditions of the 1700s and share how different cultures contributed to a shared version of the holiday.

Take a look back at the holiday and winter traditions of the Mohawk Valley on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2pm at the History Center.

Story Hour at the History Center

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 10:30 am
Location: 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642
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Story Hour at the Oneida County History Center

Wednesday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. 

Join the Oneida County History Center for a history-themed story hour on select Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Created in partnership with the Utica Public Library, each session includes stories and a hands-on make-and-take activity. This month we are exploring the HOLIDAY SEASON.

Story Hour at the History Center: Stories of the Holiday Season