A trio of talks over the next week in the Cayuga County area will each cover a topic of local artistic importance:
• Aurora historian Linda Schwab will lead an exploration of the scenic murals of the Aurora Inn at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. Painted by Cleveland artist Glenn Moore Shaw in 1958, the murals show scenes of the village and Wells College as they appeared in the 19th century. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit innsofaurora.com or call (315) 364-8888.
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• Author and actress Leanna Renee Hieber will depict Clara Wolcott Driscoll, designer of Tiffany lamps and manager of the women's glass-cutting department of Tiffany Studios in the late 19th century, at Willard Memorial Chapel Sunday, April 14. "By the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. Hieber will give a one-hour theatrical presentation as Driscoll, who oversaw the "Tiffany girls" and designed the company's famous Dragonfly, Wisteria and Daffodil lamps. Hieber, of New York City, has performed in Shakespeare and other classical theater around the country, and authored 11 historical fantasy novels. Admission is $20 at the door. For more information, visit willard-chapel.org or call (315) 252-0339.
• Robert Searing, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association, will present "Gustav Stickley and the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Legacy" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Searing will explore the traditions that made Syracuse a center of the national arts and crafts movement in the early 20th century, as well as the stories of Stickley, architect Ward Wellington Ward, stained glass craftsman Henry Keck and the artists of Syracuse China. No registration is required. For more information, call (315) 685-5135.