Key Bank Art Gallery


A Gallery is Born

     With the Key Bank donation of The Battle of Lake Champlain, an 1884 oil on canvas by Julian O. Davidson (1853-1894), we dedicated a gallery for original works of art relating to the battles at Plattsburgh and the War of 1812.

     Complementing the Davidson painting are several works in oils, watercolors, and metal. Here are a few: 

The Art is Everything



Dean Mosher

      In 2001, with a generous grant from Key Bank, we commissioned a work from Alabama artist Dean Mosher.  His work Close Action depicts the critical moment in the naval battle when American Commandant Thomas Macdonough directed the "winding" or turning of the USS Saratoga to bring a fresh broadside to bear against the British fleet.


Violet Bernstein

     The untitled 1953 work in oil of Commodore Thomas Macdonough was a personal possession of Ms. Bernstein who moved from Plattsburgh in her later years.  After her death, the family  graciously donated the piece to us.  It depicts Macdonough leaning on the flagship's bulwark contemplating his fleet's fate before the naval battle


John Purdy

     Three watercolor works were produced for us by the Elmira, NY artist.    They depict the early morning 6 September 1814 British army advance on the village and their crossing of the Saranac River five days later on September 11, 1814.  


Crab Island Plaques

     The four original bronze-cast plaques removed from the Crab Island obelisk in 1988 are on loan to our gallery from the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.