SLC Arts: Local art for everyone


Our Mission 

SLC Arts promotes collaboration within the arts community, and encourages public and private support of and involvement in the arts, throughout St. Lawrence County and the surrounding region.

SLC Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York State.
Originally incorporated on August 31, 1972 as the Arts and Humanities Council of the St. Lawrence Valley, then reincorporated as the Tri-County Arts Council on March 17, 1989, and amended to the St. Lawrence County Arts Council on July 18, 1997.



  • Suzy McBroomExecutive Director
  • Jennifer Henry, Program Coordinator
  • Alicia Murphy, Regrants & Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Steven SauterOperations Assistant
  • Catherine LaPointe Vollmer, Marketing & Graphic Design


Board of Directors

  • Geoffrey van der Woude (President) settled in Northern New York after growing up in Cortland, NY and spending several years in Colorado. Geoffrey holds degrees from Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, having also studied at University of Colorado and SUNY Cortland. In 2014, Geoffrey began working at SUNY Canton where he is currently the Director of Planned Giving, as well as serving as the chair of the campus artwork committee. Before moving back to New York, he served as the manager of sales and consignment at an internationally focused ancient art gallery and auction house. As a musician and an appreciator of all art, Geoffrey is excited to help serve SLC Arts and promote art throughout the North Country. Term: 2017–2019


  • Mary Holland (Vice-President) has spent half her life in the North Country. She began as an art major at SUNY Potsdam, but received a degree in Computer Science. Mary traveled the U.S. for over thirty years, engaged in software engineering, project management, government proposals, and IT services. After retiring from SUNY Canton as Director of Information Services, she returned to her primary love of art as a wearable art designer and couture seamstress/tailor under the brand, MaryGwyneth. She pursues her diverse interests in the mortared straw bale home she and her husband built in Colton. Term: 2017-2019


  • Mark Scott (Treasurer) was Clarkson University’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, and lives in and owns three businesses in Waddington, NY. His Artworks Creperie Café hosts and sells the work of area artisans in downtown Waddington. Mark served as Waddington Town Supervisor from 2009–2013. Terms: 2012–2014, 2015-2017, 2018 


  • Romi Sebald (Secretary) of Norwood is the Collections Manager for The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam and a SUNY Potsdam Fine Art alumna. In her spare time, she enjoys primitive folk art forms, such as rag rugs and sawdust dolls. Terms: 2014–2016, 2017-2019


  • David Crowell Term: 2016-2018


  • Tanya Spicer Term: 2016-2018 


  • Bethany van der Woude is a North Country native with a deep love for music, theater, dance, and visual arts. She is a counselor with SUNY Potsdam’s Educational Opportunity Program and an amateur gardener, musician, and all-around “dabbler.” After graduating from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in English, Bethany worked as inventory manager for an art gallery and auction house in Colorado. She then returned to Potsdam to complete an M.A. in Literature and build an art-loving life with her husband, Geoffrey, and their family of dogs and cats. Term: 2018-2020 


  • Lorraine Njoki is passionate about social entrepreneurship, supporting local organizations and developing her community. She is a Clarkson University graduate with a degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Political Science. She is currently pursing her Masters in Public Health at SUNY Potsdam. Although she calls many places home, her favorite by far has been in Potsdam, NY since 2010. She loves all forms of art: from dance to literature to music, painting, and theatre. In her free time, you can catch her being a foodie, travelling and making friends with random adorable animals.  Term: 2018-2020 


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