“This popular mural was an initial spark of interest in our move to the Northside, and so we were glad to take photos on our anniversary at this wall with photographer @ameliabeamish. The vibrant and cheerful multicolored geometry is a great representation of my experience in the Northside, exploring a diverse community and its captivating places.” – Cali
Written by Rachel Nolte • April 27, 2017
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Editor’s Note: The Northside Business Partnership is an association comprised of Northside businesses, property owners, and organizations. It serves as an advocate group for the Northside, strengthening the vitality of the business community by connecting, engaging, and promoting its members. NBP is administrated by NEHDA.
Meet Duane Sauro, the owner and photographer of a unique portrait and wedding studio, Sauro Photographic Art. Duane’s business is a proud Northside Business Partnership member. Read on to get a professional photographer’s perspective on selfies, advice for aspiring artists, and more.
Q: Your website says that Sauro Photographic Art is a second generation business. Did you grow up around cameras and photography?
Duane: Yes, I did. In particular, starting with the lab-work, we did a lot of film processing, which is of course an obsolete technology at the moment, but that’s what was normal at the time. Picture taking as well, but I began most of my exposure with lab-work probably around 12 . . .The business was on Salina Street, a little south of the business district back in the 60s. The business was actually started in ’45, right after World War 2, with my dad. As you say, second generation. Then for decades it was right across the street from the newspaper on North Salina Street, then we moved to this location here on Pearl Street in the late 80s.
Q: Did you always know you wanted to go into the arts as a career?
Duane: No, when I was in college, I actually majored in math and philosophy. I always was interested and loved the arts, but I didn’t know for sure at that point in time that I would come into the family business and take it over. I always found the lab-work to be almost magical, the way you see an image appear from nowhere. So when the technology changed into a digital format, although I loved lab-work, it actually was an enticement for me to further my commitment because of the increased creative avenues that were available for digital photography. I was always interested in sculpting, painting, and other art forms, so I always found that photography in its pure form when it was in a film format was more limiting to me than what I really wanted. I found myself often oil painting on top of photographs, doing extensive dark room where you’re using 3, 4, up to 9 different negatives to get a creative result. So when it went to digital, of course, the avenues were much more expedient as well as reusable.
Q: So you’ve already begun to answer my next question, which is that your aesthetic seems to involve non-traditional post-production techniques. What drew you into this way of working? So it seems like it was in large part due to the change in technology.
Duane: Before the technology actually did change, I was an extensive lecturer on creative portraiture, but often times the avenue that was being used was multi-media. So it was oil paint embellishments that were on top of portrait photography. An example would be this here (figure 1). So this actually would have been a very pale looking photograph, in its original inception. But the oil painting on top did several things. One, I was able to add several elements that weren’t there, I could increase mood by making it more vibrant, I could make it more somber, but also it increased the longevity and stability of the product, which now wouldn’t fade at the rate of a regular color photograph. So the ultraviolet rays would no longer penetrate through the oil paint, the ultraviolet rays being the element that causes photographs to fade over time. As technology became more sophisticated, the longevity of the color photograph certainly did increase gradually over decades. But with the oil paint put on top of the photographs, it was a much greater permanent archival product than what any photography even today is able to accomplish.
Q: As a photographer, how do you feel about the culture of cell phones and “selfies”?
Duane: Oh, I think it all has its place. I think that all forms of self-expression have their place. People taking pictures with their phones? Selfies? I think it’s great because it shows the animation of the moment and that’s the sole intention of it. But they’re not going to be able to print it and archive it in any way because regardless of what all the places tell you that the high quality, large pixel size cameras are cable of, in my opinion, they typically are not. The quality is mostly intended to be viewed on the screen resolution of that equipment. Once you try to download that and try to make something to put on the wall from it, I doubt that you’re going to have much of the quality that you’re expecting . . . But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a tremendous value to what you said. You’re there at the moment, you’re on a beach somewhere, you’re with a good friend, you’re with a lover, whoever. You want to take pictures to document a moment. It does do that. It does have a value.
Q: If you could make a portrait of anyone, who would it be and why?
Duane: I think at this point in time, I think I would be interested in a portrait of my dad because he is in a nursing home and approaching some of the emotional struggles with the loss of part of who he is now, and the immediate emotional interest in preserving the way that we used to know him yesterday. But in general, if I was to do a “portrait” outside of this particular emotional moment, it wouldn’t be what you’re asking, it wouldn’t be a rendering necessarily of that person. It would be a rendering of my perception of the sense of that person. It would almost invariably be an exaggeration—it would not be literal. It might be a combination of black and white and color, it might be a combination of images, it might be an elongation of body parts. Because once again, what would have a lasting value to me would be its aesthetic-emotional statement. Not its literal accurate rendering. So, at the moment, Dad. After the moment, probably nobody in terms of what you’re asking.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring creative types and artists?
Duane: I would say that it depends on what you’re looking for the art to give you. If you’re looking for it as merely self-expression or if you’re looking for it as a career. That’s a really very key point. Many people go into careers because they have a love for the art, but more often than not they are completely different realms. If you’re going to make money as a successful business, the likelihood is that you’re going to need to gear your imagery towards what somebody is going to purchase. You’re also going to need to have exposure in a lot of areas that have nothing to do with your self-gratification, if it’s aesthetic. For instance, business sense. So you’re going to need to engage understanding of promoting, of book keeping, of managing people if you’re going to expand. All of those are things that typically the creative type are uninterested in. It has to do with left-brain, right brain. You’re either going to be a qualitative or a quantitative thinker, or feeler, however you want to look at it.
If you’re looking at the arts on the other hand, as merely self-expression, well then it’s an entirely different direction. You don’t need any of those courses in business. What I would say is frequent museums, try to focus on what forms of the diverse art expressions you see that appeal to you the most. Try to answer to yourself, what about that appeals to you? Is it the accuracy of the literal? Or is it the emotional expression of the illustrative? Is it the complexity of the surreal? In some way, you’ve got to ask what’s drawing you to that area.
It’s a Northside tradition to clean away the signs of winter on Earth Day. Check out photos from some of the past Clean Up ‘Cuse events and make sure to sign up for this Saturday’s cleanups with NEHDA or the Syracuse Northeast Community Center.
Written by Lexie Kwiek • April 17, 2017
Editor’s Note: Lexie is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum with a master’s degree in Communications & New Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She currently works as the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Syracuse Northeast Community Center and NEHDA. We’ve asked her to write guest posts for us, taking a deeper look into the Northside, its businesses, organizations, and residents. All of her posts can be found under the “Syracuse Northeast Community Center” and the NEHDA categories.
On Saturday, April 22 the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) will be hosting a Community Garden Day to prep for another successful growing season. From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, volunteers will help with spreading wood chips, clearing garden beds, transporting fresh soil, and more. Green thumbs are not required!
Located at 716 Hawley Avenue, the SNCC community garden supplies fresh produce to Northside neighbors; whether it is through a home-cooked lunch in our Senior Program, or as fresh veggies distributed through our Basic Needs Pantry. The garden is also the perfect tool to bring community members together. Age, ability, and background don’t matter in the garden – there are jobs for all of our neighbors.
You can register as an individual or as a group for the Community Garden Day by sending me an email at: email@example.com.
If getting dirty isn’t your ideal weekend activity, there are still ways that you can support SNCC’s programming. On Friday, April 21, consider doing some spring cleaning of your kitchen cabinets and donating nonperishable food items to SNCC’s pantry. The Basic Needs Pantry distributes over 60,000 meals annually to nearby residents, and is in constant need of canned goods to fill the shelves. SNCC will be collecting nonperishable items on April 21 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and will also have a collection bin on-site during the Community Garden Day on April 22.
Does reading the date April 22 trigger something in your memory? There are multiple Earth Day Cleanups happening throughout the city on that day. In a true collaborative effort, each of the NEHDA organized Clean Up sites will also have a collection bin to support the Basic Needs Pantry at SNCC. Just bring your canned goods to any of the three locations, and the registration table will accept your donation.
This year, NEHDA is organizing cleanups at the Hawley-Green triangle, the North Salina Street corridor, and Rose Hill. This event is a great way to enjoy some fresh air while beautifying our city. To register as a volunteer, or for more information, visit NEHDA’s website or contact Rachel at Rachel@nehda.org.
No matter which option you choose, I hope you will join our efforts to get the Northside ready for a healthy and thriving spring!
An impromptu staff photo (minus Danielle and Jonathan) around the football cake was necessary as we celebrated this man whose creativity, vision, and unwavering commitment inspire us every day.
(You may notice a new person on the Economic Inclusion staff. Antonisha, our new Assistant Director of Up Start, joined our team just a few weeks ago!)
WHEN: Thursday, April 27 | Workshops run from 8:30 – 11:30 AM | Lunch begins at 12:00 PM
WHERE: Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road
WHAT: The 19th Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism and Promote Diversity is organized by the YWCA and features workshops that “equip participants with the tools to eradicate racism and form a more inclusive and equitable society.” The keynote speakers is Dr. Daria Willis, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Onondaga Community College.
This year’s theme is “A Real Conversation: Addressing the Barriers to Progress in CNY” and includes trainings running on two different tracks: “Delving Deeper: Understanding Inequality in Our Region” and “Making Progress: Creating Solutions That Drive Change.”
Workshops will be led by a variety of community leaders, including our Vice President of Economic Inclusion at CenterState CEO, Dominic Robinson, and Deputy Director, Dan Cowen; Ocesa Keaton, director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E.; Barrie Gewanter, executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission; Bridget Owens, human rights specialist at the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission; Mattie Barone, LGBT program supervisor at ACR Health; and Emad Rahim, Kotouc Endowed Chair, Fulbright Scholar, Belleview University.
At noon the luncheon portion of the event will begin and Dr. Willis will address participants. The event will close with an Induction Ceremony of YWCA’s Academy of Diversity Achievers.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • April 10, 2017
The Northeast Hawley Development Association (NEHDA) and the Syracuse Northeast Community Center are teaming up to organize the creation of a mural for SNCC’s community garden. The proposed design should incorporate a theme of “connectivity” and be submitted to NEHDA either in person (101 Gertrude Street) or via email to Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 28th.
Written by Rachel Nolte • April 6, 2017
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Editor’s Note: Rachel is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) at NEHDA for the year. Her roll involves a variety of tasks, such as recruiting volunteers and applying for funding opportunities to plan really cool, really fun events that benefit the community. Rachel graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in psychology. She spent the past year serving in another AmeriCorps program where she traveled the state of New York to help out with various environmental projects. As part of Rachel’s work with NEHDA, she is writing some posts for us to share. All of her posts can be found under the “NEHDA” category. To learn more about NEHDA, visit their website and Facebook.
Syracuse, NY—Every ‘Cuse resident is familiar with the infamous lingering winter. It shapes our city’s culture and affects our daily lives. We have those that embrace the weather and those that resign themselves to constant misery from mid-October until late May. However, pro- or anti-winter folks alike get excited when the days begin to lengthen and the hesitant sun returns. This excitement is with good cause, too. We’ve survived another snowy season and have a few months of heat and growth and maybe even some swimming ahead of us! Ice cream stores re-open, bars and restaurants have outdoor seating, and the whole world seems to come out of hibernation and swarm the public parks.
Sadly, not every part of the springtime is so cheery. As the remnants of the tired yellow, brown, black, and grey snow banks melt away, the horrors underneath are revealed. Bottles, bags, wrappers, newspapers, cigarette butts, tires, Styrofoam—it’s almost enough to make a person long for snow to cover up all the litter! Almost. Fortunately, there’s a better option. Every year, neighborhoods all over Syracuse host litter clean up events on or near Earth Day.
The Northeast Hawley Development Association (NEHDA) is organizing three such events—one in a neighborhood near you! Or so we hope. The meet-up locations are the following:
— In front of the Flat Iron building on 536 N. Salina Street for the N. Salina Street corridor cleanup
— In front of the YWCA on 401 Douglas Street for the Rose Hill cleanup
— In the parking lot of Laci’s Tapas Bar on 304 Hawley Avenue for the Hawley Green triangle cleanup
If you want to participate or provide donations, please email Rachel (@) nehda.org or call (315) 425-1032. Special thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts and Home Depot for providing donations to make the event a success.
TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN CLEAN UP ‘CUSE: NORTHSIDE
1. Free donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts
Say, that sweetens the deal!
2. Feeling proud of your community
You can see the tangible difference that you made!
3. Spending quality time outdoors
When’s the last time you were outside? No, walking from your car into your home doesn’t count.
4. Everyone can participate: all generations are welcome!
No age limits here.
5. You can go out for lunch!
You’re already out and you’ve done some good work, so you might as well treat yourself to lunch at a fabulous Northside restaurant. There’s so many delectable options!
6. Spend quality time with friends
Come stag and make cool new friends, or bring an old buddy and catch up over clean-up.
7. Soak in the beauty
The Northside is already beautiful. You get to make it even more beautiful while enjoying the beauty. SO MUCH BEAUTY.
8. Get the most out of your Saturday
You’re going to get a jump start on the day because you have to be at the Clean Up by 10 am. Then you will be done in the early afternoon with lots of Saturday ahead of you to enjoy! You can spend the rest of the day being productive, or perhaps napping.
9. Bragging rights
While we hope that you are bringing everyone you know to this event, you can brag to those of your friends who fail to participate.
10. Spending time with the awesome people that work at NEHDA
We’re so fun to be around that we really are providing you with a free service. Plus, we bring our friends.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • April 3, 2017
WHAT: Northside Pocket Park Planning Meeting #1
WHEN: Thursday, April 6 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: White Branch Library
The Syracuse Land Bank is seeking community input to create a pocket park on the Northside. At this meeting, participants will review possible sites for the park and brainstorm potential design concepts. Landscape Architecture students from SUNY ESF will be present to record ideas during the brainstorm and develop a design for the pocket park. At a second community meeting (to be determined), participants will see the designs and give further input.
For more information, view the event flier here.