Finger Lakes Regional Artists

John Sutton
878 W. Elizabeth St.
Skaneateles NY 13152
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A native of Pittsford, NY on the Erie Canal and a graduate of the University of Rochester in 1968 BA and 1969 MA. Studied American Painting with Howard Merritt at the U of R and spent many summer days as a youth on Canandaigua Lake. Lived in Vermont for one year after US Army service in Vietnam 1969-1970. Returned to the Lakes – Skaneateles NY  in 1972 – to teach “Social Studies” at Jordan-Elbridge.  Retired after two years teaching 7-8th Grade and became a painting conservator with West Lake Conservators in Skaneateles.

Conservator and restorer of paintings and frames since 1982 specializing in 19th & 20th C. American paintings and their frames.

LZ Bayonet Aid Station 1970

HHC 198th Inf. Aid Station 1970 photo by Cliff Raymond

The Pittsford John grew up in had the original Hicks & McCarthys, Pittsford Inn and The Hotel Stephany and often on weekends Wilmer Alexander Jr. and The Dukes. He grew up across the street from Rochester’s best known contemporary artist John C. Menihan who kept his studio doors open to the neighborhood kids. (He also started calling me at age 5 “uncle john” which then became just “unc”.)

For a history of Pittsford, NY with an interesting overview of the importance of the Haudenosaunee and Seneca Nations to the immediate area and coverage of Wilmer, the PI, Hick’s, Tallo’s, etc. see Reflections on Big Spring, A History of Pittsford, NY and the Genesee River Valley by David McNellis.