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Art, Culture & Heritage

St. Lawrence County has a creative culture rooted in modern and traditional arts, appreciation for past and present talent and engaging in hands on learning and enjoyment.



Art Galleries and Studio Tours

St. Lawrence County has a vibrant art community. Two of the colleges SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University both maintain galleries which provide educational opportunities for students, as well as places for exhibits and displays of their work, as well as the professionals on each campus, and visiting artists. The St Lawrence County Arts Council also hosts a special tour during the first weekend each November. The St. Lawrence County Studio Tour includes many local artists who open their studios to visitors, creating a County-wide gallery showing.

St. Lawrence International Film Festival

The St. Lawrence International Film Festival is an event like no other in the world – a celebration of film on both sides of a shared international border established to showcase the best in new and classic cinema in the picturesque St. Lawrence River Valley. Over four days, the festival will offer over 50 screenings, a stellar opening Gala in Ottawa featuring Dan Aykroyd, a special 35th Anniversary screening of The Blues Brothers followed by a performance from Dan Aykroyd and the Downchild Blues Band, a hometown Block Party on Canton’s Village Green, and an array of panel discussions and parties. For tickets to this event, please click 

Along the St. Lawrence

Learn about the history of this great water way. A visit to the boat access only Singer Castle on Dark Island, built in the 1900s can show you how the wealthy of the gilded age spent their money. In the city of Ogdensburg you can see water battle reenactments during their Founder's Day weekend event. Even further up the river in Massena both the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation’s Eisenhower Lock Visitors center and the New York Power Authorities Frank S. McCullough Jr. Hawkins point Visitors center welcome visitors with exhibits and tours.

Barn Quilt Trails

Barn quilts and barn quilt trails are the creation of Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio. As a way of paying homage to her mother's skill and love of quilting, Donna envisioned a sampler of quilt squares created along a driving trail the would invite visitors to travel through the countryside. This simple idea has since spread throughout the country and into St. Lawrence County, where two barn quilt trails have emerged. In the communities of both Hammond and Colton, you will find a series of replicated quilt square patterns, ranging from 2' by 2' to 8' by 8'. The beautiful patterns are painted onto wooden squares and displayed on various structures throughout the community; paying tribute to family history, events or to the rich history and culture of the community.

For more information and a driving map of the barn quilt trail, please visit the Hammond Barn Quilt and the Colton Barn Quilt Trail websites.