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Lavarnway, Cross to judge Massena Artist Association’s annual exhibit

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MASSENA - The Massena Artists Association is pleased to announce that Ed LaVarnway and Karan Cross of Ogdensburg have been selected to serve as judges for MAA’s 29th annual Juried Art Exhibit.

Ed LaVarnway is a Massena native and a graduate of MCHS. He earned a BA from Eisenhower College and an MBA from Syracuse University. After working in the Albany area for 24 years, he returned to the north country in 2005 when he was appointed executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum.

At the Remington, he oversaw the exhibition and preservation of the world’s largest collection of the art and archival materials of America’s greatest artist of the Old West. As executive director, he managed numerous exhibits and juried shows featuring art created by local and regional artists.

He also directed the restoration of the museum’s 200-year-old Parish Mansion during his tenure before retiring in the spring of 2013. He is an amateur musician and lives on the Oswegatchie River south of Ogdensburg with his wife, Karan Cross, and their 10 year old Spinone Italiano dog, Cara.

North country native Karan Cross spent her formative years in gold rush country, California. Her professional career spans such diverse fields as crafting custom-design furniture, working with emotionally disabled youth, and telecommunications network design. A long time collector of fine jewelry, in 2002 Karan created The Wild Inside – an evolving diversity of personally handcrafted pieces in stone, pearl, and precious metals.

The Massena Artists Association’s 29th annual Juried Art Exhibit contains over 100 different works of art in many different styles and media, submitted by many different local and regional artists.

It will open with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Massena Public Library. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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