The Artist’s Assessment: Fred Gardner Paints Central New York

This new exhibit, open from October 2022 to Fall 2023, features the artwork of the eminent local artist Fred Gardner. Hailing from Jamesville, New York, Gardner (1880-1952) prolifically captured scenes of Central New York during the early to mid twentieth century.

After retiring from careers in architectural design and teaching in New York City, Gardner and his wife, Adelaide Morris Gardner, purchased a farm near Jamesville where he operated his art studio. Gardner’s eclectic art subjects include houses, animals, farms, trains, a barn raising, transportation, and Onondaga Native Americans.

OHA’s collection of Gardner artwork numbers almost twenty five paintings, many surrounded by his homemade gray frames. Located on OHA’s second floor, the gallery now displays several of Gardner’s oil and watercolor paintings and drawings. Fred Gardner’s distinct art style is sure to fascinate visitors young and old.