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.


  • Maggie McKenna, Executive Director
  • Nikki Langhorne, Communications Manager
  • Alicia Murphy, Regrants & Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Steven SauterOperations Assistant
  • Catherine LaPointe Vollmer, Marketing & Graphic Design
  • Andrew Carpino, Design Assistant

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
  • Nathan Deschaine (Treasurer)  grew up in the North Country and moved back in July 2018 to start working at Pinto Mucenski Hooper VanHouse & Co., CPAs in Potsdam. Nathan earned an M.B.A. from Clarkson University and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from SUNY Potsdam. He developed an appreciation for art and history at an early age and can often be seen listening to music in his free time. The youngest member of the board, he is excited to bring his experience and enthusiasm for the arts to the Arts Council. Term: 2019-2020
  • 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 is a longtime North Country resident and artist. He paints local scenes and wildlife in watercolour and oils. David is a SUNY Potsdam alumnus, having majored in anthropology. When not painting he enjoys fishing and outdoor recreation. Term: 2016-2018
  • Tanya Spicer has always been creative, which she learned that at her mother’s knee. She was always creating something, whether it be a great stew or a soft and warm pair of slippers using washcloths and yarn!! Tanya’s creative bent has taken many forms over the years from sewing, needlework, and crocheting, but has been the happiest making items, mostly jewelry, with beads and wire. Tanya thinks that what attracts her is the textures created by the beads, and the many types and colors of beads available!! She has worked at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, and has displayed and sold her work there. Tanya has also taught some beadweaving classes there as well as at the Lake St. Lawrence Arts Gallery in Waddington and at The North Country Showcase in Massena. She share a studio with her sister in Waddington currently, where they both volunteer their time helping out in the gallery.  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
  • Kayla French Term: 2019-2021
  • Annie Chase Term: 2019-2021

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