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Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

Batavia Society of Artists hosts annual winter show at Richmond

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Madeleine Rusch, with her painting "Cat Fancy," won Best of Show in the Batavia Society of Artists 2014 Winter Art Show, on display now at the Richmond Memorial Library.

FIrst Place went to Dennis Wood for "Winter Scape," second to Kevin Feary for "Hustled Again," and Feary also got third for "Snow in November."

Honorable mentions went to Karen Crittenden, Rusch, Nicole Tamfer, Bryan Kemp, Lorraine Gluck and Ed Adams.

Beth Kemp snaps a picture of Bryan Kemp with his Honorable Mention award.

Michael Messerly, right, publisher of the Batavia Daily News, attended the event.

Joan D'Alba gets her picture taken under her painting, "Snowy Barn."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

Webber and Yunkers art now on display at Richmond Memorial Library

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Local, award-winning artists Terry Webber and Bernice Yunkers have a joint exhibit at the Richmond Memorial Library now through the end of August.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Mandala Art Class

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Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents a Mandala Art Class for adults on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm.  Karen Reisdorf is teaching this program which includes a slide presentation, a meditation time, and art instruction.  Registration is required, and class size is limited.  Call the library at 343-9550 to register.  Participants are asked to bring a (math) compass and high quality colored pencils, if they have them.  www.batavialibrary.org 

Event Date and Time

September 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

City's first chalk art festival planned for next weekend

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Jennifer Gray uses chalk to create a drawing of a cow on the sidewalk outside Batavia city Hall this afternoon. Gray was drawing to help promote the city's first Sidewalk Painting Festival this weekend. The event starts next Friday and will run concurrently Saturday with Summer in the City. So far, 15 artists have signed up and as many as 15 more are expected to register when they show up Friday. The artists will use chalk to transform the sidewalks around City Hall. The event is sponsored by Vibrant Batavia.

CORRECTION: Added "next" in front of Friday. The event is next weekend, not this weekend.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Deadline is tomorrow for creative designs to paint on city fire hydrants

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Press release:

Vibrant Batavia is partnering with GO ART! to sponsor a public art project for the artistic decoration of a selected number of existing fire hydrants in the City of Batavia. The committee is seeking creative designs for painting on fire hydrants in a way that adds interest, but does not compromise functionality.

Applications will be accepted through July 15. The Committee will review all applications for artistic consideration at their July meeting and finalists will be notified by July 21. Applicants must be a resident of Genesee County in order to participate.

Potential design themes could include:
· Designs inspired by the work of famous artists;
· Designs with a whimsical, humorous or ironic twist that will make viewers smile;
· Context-sensitive designs that would uniquely connect a particular fire hydrant with its immediate surroundings; 
· Colorful, abstract designs.
Use of existing art is acceptable
Any fire hydrant in the Business Improvement District is a potential candidate. Hydrants on Main Street and Jackson would appear to be particularly good candidates.
Paint and Materials will be provided to each of the artists. The Fire Department’s color code on the top of the hydrants cannot be painted over.

Selected artist will be expected to execute the work between July 21 – Aug. 8.
Final Art Work. Is expected to be created in a professional manner that is safe for the environment, respectful of its surroundings and executed to last for approximately 3 years.
Stipend of $50 per hydrant will be paid to each selected artist upon completion of work.
GO ART! will host a reception on Friday, Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. where they will showcase the original artwork that was submitted for each of the selected fire hydrants from each of the participating artists.
Applications are available at the City of Batavia, GO ART! (201 E. Main St.) and online at www.goart.org <http://www.goart.org>. For more information, contact Leanna with Vibrant Batavia at [email protected] or 585-738-7388.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Photos: Congressional art show reception at GCC

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Congressman Chris Collins met with some of the 81 students from the 27th District who submitted original works of art in the annual House of Representatives art contest. The reception was held at Genesee Community College in the lobby of the Genesee Center for Arts. Above, Collins with Melanie Perkins, of Warsaw, and below, Makennah Aquino, of Batavia.

The winners are:

  • First place: Hailey Kilian from Iroquois HS
  • Second place: Jacob Weed from Kendall HS
  • Honorable mentions: Siena Pullinzi from Batavia HS and Alphonso Butlak from Lake Shore HS.

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

Local photographer launches exhibit to underscore plight of refugees at The Gallery at Blue Pearl Yoga

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The work of Pamela Dayton, a local artist who chronicled daily life through a series of photographs in a Syrian refugee camp, can be seen at The Gallery at Blue Pearl Yoga beginning today. The exhibit will be on display through June during normal gallery hours. The public is invited to a free opening reception on May 9.

Dayton traveled to Lebanon in 2013 with a short-term mission group from the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. She became involved with a compassionate ministry to Syrian refugees while spending three weeks in a tented settlement in the Bekaa Valley, Beirut. Embedded with a team of doctors and nurses, she chronicled a “day-in-the-life” of a refugee in an attempt “to validate their existence and document their experiences for the wider world,” she explains. “My photographs illuminate the life of war refugees: the tragedy, sorrow, and tedium of living within a refugee settlement, as well as the beauty and strength of the Syrian people.”

Using a Sony a300 camera, Dayton took nearly 16,000 photographs -- or about 2,000 per day. Choosing which images make the cut has been “difficult” but Dayton hopes that people who visit the gallery will be able to identify with her subjects.

“There is one photograph of a mama holding a toddler that wanted no part of sitting on her lap. People are so similar, whether you’re in a makeshift tent in a Third-World nation or having coffee in my living room,” she says.

Pamela, who lives in Batavia with her husband Jon and their four children, plans to return to Lebanon this summer with the mission group. Then she will begin studying at Kilns College in Bend, Ore., to obtain a graduate degree in Social Justice and Theology in September.

“My heart is broken for refugees and families stuck in the cycle of poverty. There is an enormous refugee community in Buffalo, and poverty is a big problem in Genesee County and the Western New York area,” she says, “so I feel confident that I can make an impact here.”

An opening reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 9, on the third floor of Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call Blue Pearl Yoga at 585.230.5430 or contact Ms. Dayton at [email protected].

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Adult Watermedia Classes Offered at Blue Pearl Yoga

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Blue Pearl Yoga is pleased to welcome local artist June Martino back for a series of watermedia painting classes. The 5-week session begins on Wednesday, April 23 and continues through Wednesday, May 23. All classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and dismiss at noon.


June Martino is a local artist who has been painting for 30 years, specializing in watermedia. She draws inspiration not only from life but from nature, “Especially,” she says, “when it  reminds us that after a cold long winter Spring  arrives with a palette of beautiful colors for us to share.” Martino feels that “Painting and sketching becomes more lighthearted as we get outdoors and connect with Mother Earth.” This series of classes promises to “take you down your creative path.”  


Classes are fun and casual with demonstrations and weekly assignments to help the student stay excited and informed. Participants will learn techniques of color mixing, washes, glazing,  lost and found edges, negative painting, and other fundamental painting skills.  Students can also expect to learn the elements of design,  how to see with an artist's eye and develop their own style of painting.  

Classes are kept small to ensure individualized attention; ten spaces are available on a first-come/first-serve basis. Cost for each session is $75. Classes are located on the 4th floor of the Blue Pearl Yoga studio, 200 E. Main St., Batavia. (Students must be able to climb stairs.) For more information, contact June Martino at [email protected] or visit her website at www.junemartino.com

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

Batavia Society of Artists Spring Show opening reception at Richmond library

post by Teresa Tamfer in art, events
         The Batavia Society of Artists
               2014 Spring Art Show
Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room 
               May 2nd to May 28th
           FREE Opening Reception
       Thursday May 8th 6:30pm - 8pm
              PUBLIC IS WELCOME!

Event Date and Time

May 8, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

New exhibit showcases work of local award-winning photographer

A new exhibit featuring the work of local photographer Susan Meier is on view at the Gallery at Blue Pearl Yoga through the month of January. The show is free and open to the public during gallery hours.

Meier, a lifelong resident of Genesee County, currently resides in East Pembroke. A self-taught artist, she began taking photographs as a preteen.

“I won a camera in a coloring contest and that sparked my interest,” she says.

After graduating from Genesee Wyoming BOCES with a degree in Cosmetology, Susan operated a hair salon out of her home for several years but continued her interest in photography, joining the Batavia Photography Club in 1995. She began photographing weddings in the late '90s and by 2001 she graduated from Genesee Community College with an AAS in Commercial Art. In 2010 she moved her business to the Harvester Artisan Center. She is a member of the Professional Photographers Association, past president of the Batavia Photography Club, and is active in 4H and the Genesee County Fair.

She continues her professional development by attending workshops throughout the country where she’s learned techniques like off-camera flash and studio and portrait lighting. Her work has been shown at the Richmond Memorial Library where she’s won multiple People’s Choice Awards, Moon Java Café, Genesee Community College, GoArt!, and Muller Quaker. Aside from her work as a wedding photographer, Susan’s professional work includes high school senior portraits, professional head shots, as well as newborn, family, and maternity photos.  

“The 11 images in the Blue Pearl exhibit feature a mix of fashion/glamour, boudoir, concept shoots and some photo digital art,” Meier says. "Concept shoots are ideas or unique concepts brought to life.

The concept images on display include Feather, 1940s Glam, Steampunk, Snow Princess and Flower. Her training as a cosmetologist allows her to construct elaborate styles for her models.

She is available for private photography lessons. You may contact her at 585-861-0415 or visit her studio at the Harvester Artisan Center, 56 Harvester Ave., on the first floor. Her social media presence includes Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, 500px, Google Plus, Shop Batavia.

The exhibit can be seen during gallery hours on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Blue Pearl Yoga at 585.230.5430.

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