Artware, Oneonta Downtown Staple, To Close In February

Artware, Oneonta Downtown

Staple, To Close In February

Representing 114 cumulative years of service, the staff of Artware, 170 Main St., Oneonta, bid farewell to the community. From left are Jenna Bordinget, Erin Hill, Susan Blass, owner Betsy Cunningham and Bill Austin.  A staple of downtown business for nearly 40 years, Artware will be closing at the end of February. The building is now under new ownership.  (Ian Austin/

22 thoughts on “Artware, Oneonta Downtown Staple, To Close In February

  1. Keirsten Jennings

    Artware – you will be missed!! I always appreciated your friendly and knowledgeable help for everything my art students needed! I hope you all have a wonderful retirement!!

  2. Matthew Frederick

    Artware-Thank you for all your wonderful years of service to Oneonta! I loved browsing your store. I could stay there for hours looking at supplies wanting all of it!! So sad to see you go. Best wishes to all.

  3. karinbremer

    So sad to read this! I’ve loved having Artware as a staple of Oneonta’s downtown. Thank you for being such a bright spot in our community all these years!

  4. Jessie Ravage

    I guess all things must end, but I am sad to read of this end. You’ve done such a good job for such a long time!

  5. Claudia Koeppel

    How lucky our community was to have a locally owned art supply and framing store! I really appreciate the personal attention I always received from the owner, Betsy Westad Cunningham and the others who work there. I wish them all good luck and will miss them. Main Street won’t be the same!

  6. Laurie Zimniewicz

    Betsy and Team,
    You have been a mainstay for our downtown and our region. You will be sorely missed. Laurie Zimniewiz

  7. Donna Cahill

    I am soooooooo sorry to hear this news. Congratulations Betsy on your retirement.
    I LOVE your store and have always experienced excellent quality of both service and supplies. Your employees are just the best! I can’t imagine Main Street without your store.

  8. Teresa Winchester

    What a blow to already struggling downtown Main Street! I know area artists depended on getting supplies here that are not easily available elsewhere. Not an artist myself, I appreciated the beautiful calendars and cards as other unique items for gift-giving. And I had many, many pictures framed there. The staff was always to cheerful and helpful. I always looked forward to going there. This is a sad loss in many ways. I thank owner Betsy Cunningham and all the staff for the gift of Artware over the years and wish them all well in the future. As mentioned above, it would be great if someone could buy Artware so this business could continue operating.

  9. Peggy Finnegan

    I’ve been shopping at Artware since I enrolled in the Art Dept. at SUNY Oneonta in the late 70’s. Apparently that was right about the time the store opened, though I didn’t know that at the time. I have depended on you for so many things through the years – framing, matting, supplies, advice and a space to promote Colorscape. You will be missed terribly!

  10. Barbara Sanders

    I am so sorry to hear about your closing. I have always loved coming in to browse and collect my art supplies. Best of luck to all of you and thank you!

  11. MRHalpin

    If the City of Oneonta is thinking of a future with “Artist” loft/apartments along Dietz Street… wouldn’t you think having a shop selling art supplies and framing would be part of their… “plan”???

  12. Mary Allen

    I am sad. Thank you for being such a great local place to shop! I will miss your style and all the fun items.


    Betsy and all at Artware,
    I am so sadden to hear of your closure but wish you a happy retirement.
    Everyone at Artware have always been patient and caring with my sometimes crazy framing needs.
    ?……What to do now ???
    With great fondness to you and all

  14. Judy Thuss

    So sorry to hear of your closing! But a most joyous retirement. You guys will be greatly missed.

  15. Stacy (McAvoy) Gillow

    Congratulations on retirement Betsy! My brother forwarded this link to me, and such emotions as I read of Artware closing..indeed what WILL Main Street do? From my first job in early 70’s working with you in an Art Store across the street, then Dietz Street, you have been an inspiration to me. I still look at all framing jobs to ensure they measure up! Your expertise, humour, your warmth, will be so missed. Oneonta is losing a treasure. Fair winds Betsy, God Bless. xxx

  16. C Morris

    The availability of art, books, and movies is a vital component of Main Street USA. Oneonta does not nurture this understanding. Dear Artware, thank-you, thank-you! You were a jewel in this mix! Dear Susan, you have an eye like no other. Working with you was a joy! Blessings to you all! Be well…

  17. Anne L.

    Jamie and I are so sad to hear this. We loved you guys – and where will we do all our framing now??? You were an important part of our lives up here! Happy trails to all, but oh my, you will be missed.

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