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Finger Lakes Art Council is a community arts organization that advocates and collaborates to present events and educational programs.

Meet our Board Members

Jesse Kline

Jesse Kline

Board Member

Creative Consultant Jesse Kline works by day as the Assistant Director of the Downtown Auburn BID, doing public art projects, event planning, communications & marketing, and curating art shows at downtown venues.

Jesse is a three-time NYS Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant Recipient. She was awarded funds to create painted murals & mosaics in downtown Auburn with other artists & community volunteers. Currently, she is Project Manager for BID’s Public Art Placemaking funded by the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Installs will include three sculptures, two murals and street pole panels on City streets, public parks, and exterior walls of private businesses.

Independently, Jesse has created and led Art for Auburn since 2010, completing 17+ projects including sculptures, painted, vinyl and croqueted murals, painted planters, mosaics and pedestrian & park signage.

Since 2004, Jesse has owned her own design business, completing residential and commercial projects including Prison City Pub & Brewery, Shepherds Brewing Co., The Sinclair of Skaneateles, and The Refinery at the Hilton Garden Inn, to name a few. Her colorful abode, humorously coined the “hotel no-tel,” was featured on an episode of HGTV’s Offbeat America.

Joe Sarnicola

Joe Sarnicola

Board President

Joe Sarnicola, from Auburn, is a writer, musician, and crafts artist. He is a regular contributor to the Citizen, writing on many different topics, and he is an instructor at the Guitar Center in Syracuse. He is active in the community, having served on various non-profit boards, including the Auburn Beautification Commission, and he is the current president of the Finger Lakes Art Council (FLAC). He is a veteran of the United States Army, and he retired after thirty years of service with the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
As a Certified Spiritual Life Coach and the owner of The Resting Soul Life Coaching, he Co-writes the monthly column, “The Possible You,” for The Citizen with yoga instructor Mary Pasqua Waldron.

Kat Alexander

Board Treasurer

Kat is a professional Medium, Palm, Tarot & Tea Leaf Reader. She offers classes in myriad areas such as pendulums, candle magic and bullet journaling. Additionally, she leads make & take events that combine the metaphysical and art.

As artist, she makes custom jewelry, décor and more. As an aficionado of gemstones and natural items, she offers a unique collection of carefully sourced crystals, stones, and 100% natural self-care products. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram @everythingreener.

Sydney Fischer

Board Member

Sydney Fischer is currently serving as the Tour, Wedding and Marketing Coordinator at the Willard Memorial Chapel historic site. She also works at Moro’s Kitchen in Skaneateles. When she is not working, she is passionate about reading, music and painting landscapes. This is the first board Sydney has joined. As an improving artist herself, she truly believes in the Finger Lakes Art Council’s mission of promoting and advocating for local talent.

Todd Tanner

Board Member

I have been a resident of the Finger Lakes area all my life. I am a member of the Mackenzie-Childs management team, and have now been employed for 26 years at their facility in the village of Aurora overlooking Cayuga Lake. Being surrounded by all this beauty, photography has become second nature to me. It is a hobby that I am very passionate about, and it brings me a sense of peace on a daily basis.

Sara Douglass

Board Member

Sara is a native of the Adirondack Mountains and has lived in Auburn for over 20 years. She is a Disability Rights Advocate at ARISE in Auburn working towards an accessible community where all can live independently. Sara is one-half of the team that makes up Mystic Sage Art, focusing on her aesthetic of "creepy-cute" and creeping it real. She enjoys painting, fiber crafts and the creation of earrings that reflect her style of whimsy and skullery. Her primary goal is to use recycled materials in a fun and interesting way to reduce waste and create new life.

Sandra Shutter

Board Member

Sandra is an artist living in Auburn. After retiring from retail management, she now pursues her passion for art, painting, and all things beautiful. Over the past few years, she has developed an artistic niche previously unfilled. Her work focuses on women’s rights, empowerment, famous female figures of the past and present and their contributions to society. Sandy grew up in Auburn and often paints local historic figures, scenes, buildings and promotes her hometown through art. She is on the board of the Finger Lakes Art Council is a founding member and past president.

A member of the National League of American Pen Women and Women March Seneca Falls Committee. Credits: *Gallery Show- Women’s Rights National Historic Park – February/March 2018 *Award of Merit 2018 - National League of American Pen Women, National Biennial Art Award “Osborne Hotel Circa 1917” *Award of Merit 2020 – National League of American Pen Women, National Biennial Art Award “Harriet’s Threads,” on display at the Pen Arts Gallery Washington DC *The Women’s Right National Historic Park – Mural of The First Women’s Rights Convention 1848 Seneca Falls NY. Her work is available for purchase throughout the Finger Lakes at the following locations: The Equal Rights Heritage Center – Auburn NY The Seward House and Mansion – Auburn NY The Susan B Anthony House and Museum – Rochester NY The Women’s Rights National Historic Park – Seneca Falls NY.

You can also visit her Retail Boutique, Studio and Workshop Artistic Impressions, opened with her partner Bill Clark in March 2021. This unique destination and shopping experience is located at the historic Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street in Auburn. Explore one of a kind original paintings, prints, greeting cards, hand crafted jewelry with semi-precious crystals and stones, quirky brooches, gifts and “gentlework.”

Interested in joining our board? Email us!

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State legislature and administered by Auburn Public Theater.