You cannot study Cazenovia artists without stumbling upon the name Dwight Williams. Born to a local clergyman, the artist’s rise to acclaim was well-documented in the Cazenovia Republican. After attending Cazenovia Seminary, Williams worked as an art instructor in Clinton, NY before returning to Cazenovia to accept a position at his alma mater. Williams’ pastels and oil paintings document his love of nature and travel abroad. The painting depicted on the postcard is a view from the lake’s western shore looking east toward the village. Some of the buildings and structures—including the pier, Willowbank, and the Cazenovia Club—still stand today.
The Library holds an extensive collection of Dwight Williams’ work and regularly has pieces on display.