There's a wonderful art gallery close to the middle of the village that is often missed by visitors and even more so by locals! The John D. Barrow Art Gallery, at 49 East Genesee Street, just behind the Skaneateles Library, is an unusual art gallery in that it represents the work of only one artist, John D. Barrow. My favorite paintings are landscapes of the Skaneateles area. Some show features such as caverns along the west side and an island at the south end that are no longer visible because the water level is kept higher by the City of Syracuse in order to maximize the amount of drinking water available during the year.
The paintings give us a look back at the local landscape in the 1800's. The gallery, which houses more than 350 of his paintings, opened in 1900. The gallery is as beautiful as his paintings. There's not room in the gallery for all paintings to be on display at the same time so multiple visits are recommended. During the summer, the gallery is open Monday - Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can learn more (and get a sneak peek) at the website below.