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This site is being sponsored by CNY Creators and Pinnacle International Center, a 501 C3 non profit that has an office and other facilities at the South Side Innovation Center. The President of Pinnacle is Peter Svoboda, who is also the curator of the 3rd floor Gallery/Maker and Event space  named " The Station" at the historic train station at 400 Burnet, at the corner Catherine and Burnet. Our goal is to have positive inputs in the culture and in people's lives. If you join the site you will have your own page and can have photos and connect to others. You will also receive emails and updates that may be of interest to you. IF NOT ALREADY A MEMBER JOIN BY GOING TO THE JOIN TAB. THERE IS NO COST TO JOIN.


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Art Available - Gallery 1

Hope by Ron Warford, 40' x 30 " Graphite on Black Board, Framed 
Mr. Warford's work was selected by the Smithsonian Institution for a national traveling exhibition in 1973. He was one of the initial founding and teaching members at the Folk Art Gallery in Syracuse. His work spings from his imagination and is masterfully executed. Tel (315) 391-5115 for more info or to purchase. One of the presidents of a local art guild referred to Ron's work as  "master works" for their power and quality.

Strength , by Ron Warford. 20 " X 30"  

Home is Where the Hearth Is by Jaws. This piece took 600 hours. Amazingly, to produce this the artist had to put the snowflakes  in first on a white fine piece of paper and then build everything around it. Think about it - this amazing work, and other pieces of the artists work can be seen at CNY Artists Gallery, which purchased this piece in 2013.

Dream Horse by M. Smart

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A Little About Me

I am most happy when I am creating something. Currently I am the curator of the 3,500 foot space in the historic train station at 400 Burnet in  Syracuse. It is a gallery, maker space, and creators collective and anything else we want it to be.

I am also the president of a 501C-3 charitable organization, Pinnacle International Center located in the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 South Salina Street. next to Dunkin Bright. Our goal there is twofold: to have positive impacts in the culture AND to help people improve the happiness and fulfillment in their lives through personal artistic or intellectual development. There we have a small office, and access to a 30 seat training room, a boardroom, and a main room that holds 150 people. There is ample parking.

I have created hundreds of ads, promotional pieces, signs, displays; placed advertising in all media TV, Radio, Billboards, designed trade whow booths. I have written many successful business and marketing plans, applied and received several millions of dollars in grants, and was a paid consultant for hundreds of clients from sole entrepreneurs to major corporations

I taught and administered the Emerging Enterprise Program at Syracuse University for 20 years and received 5 national awards for teaching and consulting and eve did some work for the United Nations in Zurich. And I also did teaching for other institutions and planned many major events attended by hundreds of people. I have dome a signicant amount of writing, my estimate is about 3 million words. There is a piece I wrote at the bottom of this section entitled , "A Typical Day in Japan".

I also had a 4,000square foot gallery at Shoppingtown Mall  with 350 people involved until the mall closed a few years ago.

These are some pictures of things we had at the Galley at Shoppingtown

Hope by Ron Warford, 40' x 30 " Graphite on Black Board, Framed $900
Mr. Warford's work was selected by the Smithsonian Institution for a national traveling exhibition in 1973. He was one of the initial founding and teaching members at the Folk Art Gallery in Syracuse. His work spings from his imagination and is masterfully executed. Tel (315) 391-5115 for more info or to purchase. One of the presidents of a local art guild referred to Ron's work as  "master works" for their power and quality.

Strength , by Ron Warford. 20 " X 30"   $750.

Home is Where the Hearth Is by Jaws. This piece took 600 hours. Amazingly, to produce this the artist had to put the snowflakes  in first on a white fine piece of paper and then build everything around it. Think about it - this amazing work, and other pieces of the artists work can be seen at CNY Artists Gallery, which purchased this piece in 2013.


Prints on quality paper done on fine paper many by local artists. we choose a few of the works that we feel have extra special value. Any of these are a worthy and special piece for your wall.

A Very popular print " Clinton Square Snow Storm 1939", on quality paper 16X 20, ready to drop into frame, Randy White,

The "Stroke at the Dinosaur" David Hickock, $35, quality print

Rare - Print of earliest known picture of Lincoln - $200 without the frme

Degas a large colorful piece,a possible companion piece to the one above - reg 4150, on sale $75

Dream Horse - 24x 36 $450

Green Lakes 24 x 36 Oil $200

Onondaga Lake 1930 - 24x36 oil $325

Shakespeare - rare piece celebrating the bard with a famous line from each of 13 plays around he edges and the Bard's History in the middle, perfect fora Shakespeare lover $135

The Titanic at Rest - oil 24 x 35 $350

The Snake game - wonderful decorative piece of a game from the Revolution

Beautiful large decorative piece $400

Rare Beauty - a beautiful oil $450, 24 x 36

Framed Quality Print WW 2 Bombers Over Germany $125

VERY LARGE CivilWar - Vicksburg $165Rare Devon Print- Southwest Bicycling - Value $900- our price $300 professionally framed

Basketball for Breakfast Print
Shannon Comins - $45

Framed quality print by Ron Warford - $135

Original 16x20 Oil, $45 in our art start program, try original art, you'll discover its magic

Original oil 3 D Paint on Canvas , "Chuckie, Cereal Killer, Sir Quala. comes with 3 D Glasses $125

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Grader by,the late Stanley Oleniuech, 23 inches in length, fine detail and many moving parts These are collector items, not to be used as toys.

Large OIL Painting of Venus of Willendorf - 4 inch sculpture over 25,000 years old fertility goddess

Kamiiron Pritchard - $600.

Below is a small selective sample of the work comprising more than 4,000 offerings that you WOULD HAVE FOUND at CNYArtists Gallery in Shoppingtown (near the food court). UNFORTUNATELY THE MALL CLOSED SO MOST OF THE FOLLOWING IS NOT AVAIALBLE

Nationally recognized Artist Richard Williams has several pieces with us and high quality prints of some of his work are available at CNY Artists. This piece was recently sold but we have others.


Joob Whitman









Emerging Artist Joob Whitman has done quite well at CNY Artists and offer original oils 8x10 for $ 40 and larger for $140-$225. A very special gift of original affordable art.


Pardon the reflection, these are large pieces by Ron Warford that were recently called masterworks by one of the Presidents of an art guild. Print $65 and up. originals $300 and up.






Truly a Masterwork, measuring 17 X 22, it took over 600 hours and skilled artist, Jaws. had to put in the snowflakes first on a blank sheet of of fine paper and then put in the trees,hearth and other pieces behind it. 


A Typical Day in Japan

By Peter Svoboda This is a true story

If you are lucky enough to escape death, the car that almost hits you, the fall that you avoid, the building you don’t walk into at the wrong time on the South Side of the city, where the two occupants, as the paper puts it, are “hacked to death”, and the killers are never found, - then maybe you live long enough to hear some interesting stories from some pretty amazing people. This is one from a senior executive, Phil Owens, who I knew from AT&T, when everyone knew the name AT&T, and who was sent to Tokyo, Japan to negotiate major installations. My friend and his negotiating team were there for 10 days working with their Japanese counterparts and the government. On the third or forth day there, the American negotiating team asked if their hosts would arrange to have the Americans taken by cab to the best Japanese restaurant in the city. Wishing to oblige, the Japanese called the Kansei cab company and prepaid for the short 15 minute ride to what they, and many magazine reviews, felt to be the best Japanese restaurant in town. The Americans were looking forward to this treat after which they were to return to the negotiations at 9:30 that evening. A little after 5:00 on that day, the American party was picked up by a smiling driver, Onji, who arrived on time, greeted them, helped them into their spotless cab, and took them on their supposed brief ride to the restaurant for their reservation at 5:30. As it would happen, the traffic was particularly heavy that day and due to a water main break, they became emerged in grid lock, the traffic coming to a dead stop. When this happened, Onji turned to his guests and with a smile said in the very best English he could muster, “No worry”. With that, he slowly maneuvered his car so he could edge on to the sidewalk, drove half a block down the sidewalk to an alley he could see, made a right, and then drove down the alleyway to the next street, made another right, and sped in an alternate route to take the bridge to the restaurant. But when he got to the bridge, he found that an accident on the bridge had caused the bridge to be shut down, so he sped on up the street to hopefully take the next bridge and get his customers to their appointed destination. Luckily, when he got to the next bridge, it was open, and he made a left over the bridge and got them to the door of the restaurant. Unfortunately, when the American party got there, they found a sign on the door that said “ Closed due to water main break”. Seeing the note on the door, Onji turned to his guests and said , “No worry – I take you best Japanese Restaurant”, and promptly turned the cab around and headed back the way they came. He re-crossed the river, drove directly back into the traffic jam, then proceeded back down the alley they had previously used, but found the area still in gridlock. He then pulled his cab into a space marked, -No Parking Anytime-, pretty much guaranteeing a ticket which he would have to pay, and tuned to his guests with a smile and said “ Come, come”. Not knowing what else to do, the American party followed him at a brisk pace down the street to the subway, where Onji bought their tokens, smiling all the while saying “No worry, no worry”, and ushered them on to a train. After a ride of about 15 minutes, the train stopped and Onji once again led his party down the steps where he hailed a cab and gave the new cabby an address , piled into the cab with his American friends, and took the ride with them to the neighborhood where the restaurant was located. But when the party arrived at the restaurant, now at about 7:00, they found a very long waiting line which reached around the block. It now seemed impossible that they could eat at all and get back to the negotiating table on time. But once again, Onji turned to them and with a smile said, “No worry, no worry.” Onji then led them a few doors down into an apartment building where he raced up the stairs, his American party now in curious pursuit, onto the roof, then to the edge of the building, where they then crawled along a fire escape to the adjoining building, where he knocked on the glass window of one of the tenants. An old woman came to the window and Onji, with a smile, yelled something in Japanese, and the old woman opened the window and Onji and his American counterparts crawled and followed Onji through the small apartment, down the hallway, down the stairs, out into the air shaft, to the back door of the restaurant. Onji banged on a back door and when someone finally opened, Onji started to converse with the cook who had opened the door. This went on for several minutes, and the cook eventually called the manager, and Onji, with a smile, conversed with him. After a few minutes, the door was opened and Onji led them threw a rather large kitchen into a beautiful restaurant where Phil said they had one of the finest meals of their lives. But Onji didn’t eat with them. He was waiting outside, with a new cab he had arranged for, to take the American’s back to their negotiations at 9:30 where they arrived on time to meet their Japanese counterparts. As Phil emerged from the restaurant he found Onji waiting there still smiling, now holding open the door of the cab. “ My God man, why did you do all this? - We never would have expected all this, this never would have happened where we come from.” To which Onji, with a smile, answered, “ Customer is God - Customer service number one idea” Phil said it was one of the greatest learning experiences he ever had.

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Robert Poorman, Conceptual Artist; Ron Warford, Graphite Fine Artist, Gerina Faison, Jewelry by Gerina. Their work was at  CNY Arists Gallery in Shoppingtown.     ( Photo by Steve Nyland…


Posted on March 1, 2024 at 2:31pm

Making Up Edith Wharton

Making Up Edith Wharton

From New York book Review by

Francine Prose

Edith Wharton, detail from publicity photograph, c.…


Posted on March 23, 2012 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Billboard at Teal

This is a picture of our billboard at Teal

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 10:46pm

Some Pics & Video of Gallery


Peter Svoboda is preparing a work area where an artist

will work on a 4 by 5 foot painting


Posted on December 15, 2011 at 1:30am

Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)

What is art? What is good art? What is bad art? In this video the Director of the Museum of of Bad Art in Boston Massachusettes provides a humorous and insightful presentation. You won't be… Continue

Posted on July 29, 2010 at 2:00pm

Wonderful Words As Art

" It's Rosa, Aunt Rosa. Wake up, Aunt Rosa;wake up ........I, the dreamer clinging yet to the dream as the patient clings to the last thin unbearable ecstatic instant of agony in order to sharpen the savor of the pain's surcease, waking into the reality, the more than reality ,not to the unchanged and unaltered old time but into time altered to fit the dream which, conjunctive with the dreamer,becomes immolated and apotheosized: left '…


Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:30pm

Wendy Harris -Pastels - 4 Paintings

Pastel 1

I live to paint on site in nature, en plein air. I am enthralled by nature and consumed by the challenge of trying

to capture the scene as it changes in front of me. Most of my paintings are completed on site.

My paintings are award winning, nationally collected, and internationally published. I use Unison, Schminke, and Diane Townsend soft pastels on a variety of archival surfaces. I use non-glare glass and all archival… Continue

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Travis Feldman

Tian Tan Buddha - This is a photo I took while visiting my sister in Hong Kong. It is claimed to be the largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha in the world. Seeing it up close and in person was a magnificent experience. It was breathtaking to see something considered so sacred, and the reverence paid it awe inspiring.

I am currently a college student studying in New York City, working on photography as a fun hobby in my spare time. I truly… Continue

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 2:30pm

Timothy Louer - Photos - 5 Photos

I'm 18 years old and looking to make a name for myself in the Central New York area. I'm currently studying architecture at Onondaga CommunityCollege but photography has always been a passion of mine. I have much more work and I do creative custom orders as well. I have other photos located on under the username "TJSL Studios."

My contact… Continue

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 1:00pm

Izzy Dugger's Fanciful Work

"Fall", 34"hX66"w, original, Oil on Canvas

(Click above on Dugger's Fanciful Artwork to see all 4 pictures)

"My paintings started out mystical in an ethereal sense, exploring netherworlds between here and the hereafter. I have since begun painting glimpses of fairytales, both innocent and dark in nature. They are usually nonspecific, loose interpretations, meant… Continue

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 1:30pm

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At 2:06pm on June 19, 2022, Steve Susman said…

Thanks, Peter

At 11:27pm on March 7, 2012, Laura Evelyn Marks said…

Thanks for the comment Peter. I do do more images like the Austere Figurine, well maybe not as good, because that is definitely one of my all time favorites that I have taken, but here is a link to all my other fashion/glamour images:

Fashion is my expertise I guess, but I just started taking nature and landscape images like that of the snowy wonderland. I'm slowly building up my nature portfolio for the direct purpose of having sellable images. It's really hard to sell fashion photographs, they are more commercial than fine art I guess.

Let me know what you think. Thanks!


At 10:18am on January 25, 2012, Patricia Mattison said…
Tina, Tess and I will be at the tech garden
Our business name is Baddaboombaddabing, and we are fiber artists
At 4:52am on December 23, 2011, Diana Suskind said…
Please add the information I gave you last summer. Thank you. Diana
At 4:48pm on July 14, 2011, Monica Stadalski said…
I'm working on the pillows this week...and then we're headed to Buffalo this weekend. Once the mayhem is over I'll be able to focus a little better and start getting everything together we talked about on the phone :)
At 5:32pm on May 31, 2011, huey develin said…

sure...go ahead we will split it, K?


At 6:17pm on May 29, 2011, Kristine Fox said…

Ask the risk of being all bandwagony, I wrote a book about a vampire.  Though not your usual vampire.  It's more biological based - as in if vampires really existed, and weren't fantasy-filled magical creatures, what would they be like?  Could they be at all?  Could an ape evolved to hunt other apes - with that ape becoming specialized to hunt human apes.  That's the premise.  Who would they be and how would they live.  There's also murders, and car chases, and grand fight scenes, plus a little romance because, as I was once told, all stories are love stories.  That's the basic premise.  I tired to keep it more literature than plup fiction.  You can read excerpts on my blog -

Thanks for asking!  And if you check out any of the excerpts, please do let me know what you think.  Criticism is the best way to improve! 

At 10:31pm on May 3, 2011, Diane Lange said…
Will do Peter. Thanks for all your hard work for us!
At 7:19pm on May 3, 2011, Lauren Ritchie said…
Peter,  I sent out your message to about 100 artists.  Lauren
At 10:18pm on May 2, 2011, Ellen Gerberich said…

Hi Peter,
Yes , I am a lucky lady. It was an awesome trip.

I  tried to add my MP3 clip twice and couldn't figure it out?
Any help would be welcome.

How did the show go??

I am coming into Syracuse on May 11th for the day so if you need
someone to man the store on that day for a few hours, I'm your girl.
I will be coming in first thing in the AM so let me know it sometime that day would help.

Let me know,
Thanks, Ellen


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