Lavern Kelley, 1953 International Truck, 1953

Lavern Kelley, 1953 International Truck, 1953

Lavern Kelley never intended to make a living as an artist. He probably never could have explained why he picked up a pocketknife and began carving and recreating the life he saw around him at the family farm in Oneonta, NY; he just felt compelled to do it.  

He had never heard of Thomas Hart Benton, or Grant Wood, or the other artists of his time who were also famously depicting the life of the American worker and farmer. He didn’t know he was part of a Movement. 

Lavern Kelley’s sculptures and drawings are not only a time capsule of farm life in rural New York in the early 20th century. It is also part of a larger arts movement that helped bring a nation out of its Great Depression. 

Gallery hours at the CAS Arts Center are Thursdays – Saturdays 11am–6pm, Sundays 11am-3pm, and Mondays 11am-6pm. The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.  

July 1, 2017 – Artist Talk and Opening Reception  

CAS will host an Artist Talk with curator Sydney Waller on Saturday, July 1 at 3pm, followed immediately by a free Opening Reception from 4pm to 6pm. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  

Lavern Kelley,

A Retrospective

Annual CAS Invitational Show

Curator Talk and
Opening Reception
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Curator Talk - 3-4 pm
Opening Reception - 4-6 p


Photograph by Bob Skinner

Photograph by Bob Skinner

American Dreams

Photographs by
Bob Skinner

At the Elevator Gallery, 

July 1 – July 23, 2017
Opening Reception Saturday,
July 1 from 4 to 6 pm



Bob Skinner is a social documentary photographer as well as a commercial photographer. He specializes in architectural, environmental portraiture, and lifestyle photography, always been intrigued by people and the environment they live in. He works with both digital and large format film cameras. Bob recently had a one-man show in Montclair, NJ and was interviewed by NPR for his social documentary series “Searching for America,” shot in the Catskills. 



Left, Tate Billings, Right, Frank Shuback

Left, Tate Billings, Right, Frank Shuback

Bombs Bursting in Air

Tate Billings
and Frank Shuback

At the Laundry King
65 Main Street, Livingston Manor

July 1 – July 23, 2017
Opening Reception Saturday,
July 1 from 4 to 6 pm

Mixed media by the artists Tate Billings and Frank Shuback.



Photo by Andy Ryan. 

Photo by Andy Ryan. 

Bade Stageberg Cox 

June 2016 December 2017

Open during regular hours for guided tours

Come see our upstairs in progress, model and exhibit now on display. Guided private tours are available daily during regular hours for small groups and walk-ins. 

Design in development by architects Bade Stageberg Cox. To learn more about our capital project, visit our Donations page




CAS 2017 Summer Members Show
May 27 – June 25
Opening Reception 4-6pm 

CAS Invitational Show
Lavern Kelley Retrospective, curated by Sydney Waller

July 1 – July 30
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

Teresa Audet / Frid Branham / Allan Rubin / Walter Stevens

August 5 – September 4
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

Mac Adams / Adam Crosson / Kaytea Petro / Carolina Rubio MacWright / Yoav Ruda
Light and Dark

September 9 – October 15
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

Elise P. Church, Lost Presence
Barbara Friedman, Strange Bedfellows

October 21 – November 19
Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm 

CAS 2017 Winter Members Show
November 25 – December 31
Annual Members Meeting 2pm / Opening Reception 3-5pm