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Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

Le Roy business features art, coffee and community touch


New York-based artist Jim Hodges is known for his singular ability to infuse emotion and narrative into the objects of daily life. He once said, “When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process." This precept is the driving force behind a new art gallery in Le Roy.

The conception of local artist and photographer Jim DeLooze, 58 On Main will come to fruition on June 16 when it officially opens.

“I own the building and am a professional photographer,” said the 30-year Le Royan. “I wanted to do something with photography and teaching, so opening the gallery came together as a culmination of ideas.”

There will be an art gallery, coffee shop, green screen photography studio, and a photography computer lab. There is also plenty of room to accommodate the classes DeLooze would like to offer.

“To be successful, we need to give the community what it wants,” DeLooze said.

His photography career began at Kodak in Rochester directly after high school. Later, he opened his own photography studio on Main Street, Le Roy, which catered to weddings and portrait work. He says he enjoys shooting anything to do with people.

After closing that business, his interest in art remained and led to a position at Le Roy's Jell-O Gallery Museum. It's there he began “kicking around the idea of opening a studio.” 

The art gallery is open to local artists and artisans to showcase their work. It offers a permanent home for as long as the artist would like to rent the space. And with the artist’s permission, 58 On Main will produce photographic reproductions for sale. Since there are no exclusive rights, the artist is welcome to display their work in other venues.

“The fees to display and sell an artist’s work (in 58 On Main) is very inexpensive by way of comparison of larger galleries. Each wire will hold up to 30 pounds of multiple pieces, while heavier work, a piece that can weigh up to 60 pounds, will use two wires for the charge of one.”

Artists can also access 58 On Main's Web site and electronic advertising.

The coffee shop, Barista’s, is natural accompaniment for an art gallery. D&R Depot restaurant co-owner Sean Valdes will run it and the menu will include gourmet coffee, espresso, tea, pastry, scones, and light lunches -- soups, salad and sandwiches.

Friday nights will be special at Barista's. Planned are "Wine and Dessert"; "Social Painting" -- where participants are given two-hour instruction in painting; "Music Night" featuring musicians;  "Travelogue" - for people to share their travels near or far; poetry readings, game night and more.

“We are a family friendly atmosphere," DeLooze said. "We want to give the community an option for their Friday nights.”

While the coffee shop has its individual name included with the business, the nomenclature for all the businesses at 58 Main Street, Le Roy, is 58 On Main.

“There are a number of businesses under one roof, so we decided utilizing the physical address (58 Main Street) as the main name for the gallery," DeLooze said. "We wanted to keep it simple and catchy.”

Saturday morning photography classes are also planned.

“We will be offering anything from photography basics to using Photoshop and HDR (high-density resolution) photography. It’s here for the community. Input is both welcomed and encouraged. We’d like to know what the community is interested in learning.”

58 On Main would also like the community to become actively involved and offer courses on their interests and expertise. DeLooze says drawing a diversified crowd and truly opening the gallery up to the community's interests is paramount for success.

“There will be a little bit of everything for people to enjoy. It’s a great place for parents to stop in while waiting for their child to get out of practice.”

58 On Main is seeking artists and artisans interested in displaying their work in the gallery. It is also working with the Jell-O Gallery Museum to put day-tour packages together to promote local businesses on Main Street.

For more information on 58 on Main visit their Web site at www.58onmain.com or contact DeLooze at jim@delooze.com or 585-768-2402.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

Local photographer wins four awards at Batavia Photography Club's annual dinner

post by Patricia Hawley in awards, batavia photography club, local arts, photography


Susan Meier, owner of Photography by Susan Meier, received four awards at the annual awards ceremony of the Batavia Photography Club. The event, held at Bohn’s Restaurant on May 6, annually recognizes the efforts of their members.

An active member of the Batavia Photography Club for 17 years, Meier received awards for: Best Color Digital; Best Color Print; Image of the Year; Most Advanced Photographer of the Year. 

Meier says “My involvement with the Batavia Photography Club has helped me grow as an artist and encouraged me to expand my craft.” Her print, “Feathered,” was accepted at Todmorden Papermill Gallery in Toronto Canada and is on view now through June 7. Additionally she has submitted several prints to 6x6x2014 -- Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s International Small Art Show to be held in June. 

For more information about Photography by Susan Meier visit www.suemeier.com or call 585.861.0415. You can also visit her gallery at 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia, part of the Harvester Artisan Center.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Local Photographer Chosen to Exhibit in Toronto Gallery

post by Patricia Hawley in art galleries, Canada, fashion, photography, toronto

Local photographer Susan Meier, owner of Susan Meier Photography in Batavia, has been selected to exhibit a photograph in the Todmorden Papermill Gallery in Toronto, Canada. Her black and white print, “Feathered” will be on view beginning May 21 through June 7 as part of the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) show.


This is the first time that Meier has submitted work for consideration to the gallery. “I was encouraged to send a photo to the CAPIC show by Struan Campbell,” she said. Campbell, a fashion photographer, met Meier when she participated in his photography workshop in Buffalo earlier this year. “I prefer fashion photography because I love working with people to create a theme - the more fantastical the better!” she admits. Her daughter, Katelyn, posed for “Feathered” in a series of photographs that included wreaths, masks, and hair ornaments all constructed of feathers. “I start with a theme and then add layers,” Meier says, “until I get the desired effect.” 


A life-long resident of Genesee County, Susan is a self-taught artist and has been taking photographs for over 30 years. “I won a camera in a coloring contest and that sparked my interest,” she said. She continues her professional development by “taking workshops whenever I can.” Clinics, workshops, and intensive training inspire her both creatively and technically. “There’s always more to learn about lighting and composition to improve your craft.” Susan’s work has been shown locally at the Gallery at Blue Pearl Yoga, Richmond Memorial Library, Genesee Community College, Moon Java Cafe, GoArt!, and Muller Quaker. Her studio located in the Harvester Artisan Center at 56 Harvester Avenue in Batavia also serves as a gallery of her work. 


Building on the success of the CAPIC submission, Susan is preparing an image to submit to Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester. She is also a participating artist in 6x62014- the widely acclaimed International Small Art Show at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in June. An active member of the Batavia Photography Club, Susan received four awards at their recent annual meeting: Best Color Digital; Best Color Print; Image of the Year; Most Advanced Photographer of the Year. 


Meier says “It has taken time, dedication, education, expense and persistence but submitting and getting accepted into galleries is a great step forward  for me. I look forward to expanding the visibility of my craft while sharing what I love to do!”


To learn more about Susan Meier Photography or to book a photo session visit her website at www.suemeier.com or call 585.861.0415. You can also visit her gallery at 56 Main Street, Harvester Avenue, Batavia, part of the Harvester Artisan Center.

Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:36 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.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

GO ART! presents 2013 Community Arts Awards at Terry Hills

post by Howard B. Owens in arts, entertainment, GO ART!, music, photography

GO ART! presented its annual Community Arts Awards Saturday at Terry Hills.

Above, The Humans, presented with a Community Arts Award for "making an indelible mark on music history in Orleans County and Western New York."

Here's a video of their song "Warning." 


Barb Toal receives a Community Arts Award from Diana Kasten on behalf of the Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden. The award was for "dedication, drive and leadership in developing a unique cultural asset in the community."

Laura Gardner, owner of A lily & A Sparrow in Medina, with her award for "opening up new avenues of personal expression and creating a unique cultural experience in Medina."

Carol "Kay" McMahon, with Bill McDonald, who presented her award for "sharing musical and performing arts talent and encouraging the love of music in others." McMahon and McDonald then performed a song with their band The Old Hippies, which was also the house band for the night.

Mary Pat Hancock, chair of the County Legislature, was presented with a Special Recognition Award for her patronage and recognition of art and culture in Genesee County.

New this year is the Linda L. Blanchet Award, which consists of an award and a $500 scholarship for an artist from Orleans or Genesee county to assist the artist in the ongoing pursuit in art as a profession. The first winner was Joe Waszak, a fine art photographer from Orleans County. Examples of Waszak's work can be found on the Oak Orchard Review.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley was the emcee for the evening.

Not pictured, Howard Owens, publisher of The Batavian, who was presented with a Community Arts Award for "promoting the arts and cultural life in Batavia and integrating artistic visual imagery in reporting."

Friday, December 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Photographic Techniques Used During the American Civil War: Talk by Mark Osterman

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia.  Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman House, will talk about photography during the Civil War era. His talk will include a Power Point presentation and a display of a 19th century camera.  This program is presented in conjunction with A Tale for Three Counties 2013.

Event Date and Time

January 26, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Facebook photography group

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My facebook photography group if you into photography stuff



Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

New Photography Business in Batavia

post by Tasia Boland in batavia, business, photography

 Despite the daily reminder of a cringing economy Ashley, 23, and Jeremy Hausfelder, 27, are a newly married couple who decided to put their fears aside and launch Bella Art Photography at 17 Vine Street, Batavia.

It was when the couple started planning their own wedding and looking for a photographer they were instantly attracted to photography.

"I became infatuated with finding the perfect photographer for our wedding." Ashley continued saying a a photographer was their biggest investment for the wedding.

"After all, your wedding day flies by fast and all you have left to remember it by are through your photographs," said Ashley.

Bella Art specializes in weddings, high school senior, and newborn photography. The couple opened their small in home studio officially this past January. They hope to expand the studio in the next couple years and currently travel to their clients choice of location with all their equipment and props.

With the natural fear of starting a business it was the fear of the unknown that weighed heavily over the couple.

Would the community be supportive and receptive   to a new photography business? Will the finanical investment pay off in the end? These were just some of the questions lingering in their minds while going forth with Bella Art.

"However, no one can succeed if they never try and  I know that we would have regretted not trying to create this business," said Ashley.

They invested thousands of dollars and countless hours of research to ensure they were doing things the right way.

"The majority of our time was put into researching everything from what equipment purchase, branding our "image", financing, etc," said Ashley. " It definitely isn't easy, but we really feel it's worth it."

Word of mouth from previous clients is keeping these two busy on the weekends and has already lead to weddings booked this summer.

"You would think that it would be stressful juggling our full time jobs and then working on our business part-time on the weekends, but it is extremely rewarding, " said Ashley. "It doesn't feel like work when it's something you love and enjoy doing."

Only a few months later from the official launch date and Bella Art has expanded its marketing.

"We are registered on several wedding websites, we just recently put an ad in the Penny Saver to recruit for senior reps, had a display in Key Bank here in Batavia, and we also use Facebook," said Ashley.

They chose the name Bella Art because they said it's exactly what they strive to produce every day, "beautiful art."

The couple said what makes this all worth it is capturing special candid moments and being able to freeze those emotions in time while being able to see a client's reactions when you show them their pictures.

Their advice for starting your own  business, "Patience is a virtue. It's so importnant to do your research and have a plan in place before you jump right in. Most importantly though, love what you do."


Monday, March 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

New photography exhibit at GO ART! until March 29

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GO ART!, photography

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is pleased to announce a new exhibit by Daniel Cherry and Robert Williams in its Bank of Castile Main Gallery located in Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St. in Batavia.

The exhibit runs through March 29th and showcases more than 30 works by the two photographers, combined. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and by appointment.

Cherry has loved taking pictures since he was young. He grew up on a small farm in Oakfield and was very involved in 4-H as a boy. He is now a single dad, and proud father of two boys, Daniel Jr. and Jimmy, whom he has photographed since their birth.

He has exhibited at the former PIECES Gallery, Main Street Coffee and Batavia’s “First Thursdays” event. He is a regular contributor to GO ART!’s annual winter group shows, but this is his first feature show.

Camera in hand everywhere he goes, Cherry feels strongly that “images are important” and that “cameras are like our eyes, but they can capture a moment forever so that someday people can see what we saw…they are a history of our lives, and they can never be replaced if we lose them.”

Similarly attached to his camera, Williams’ slogan is “have camera will travel.” He has belonged to the Batavia Photography Club for 24 years, a club that he feels is a great venue to learn to improve your photography skills (www.bataviaphoto.org).

While most of his photography features elements such as flowers, scenery, hot air balloons and fireworks, Williams has also dabbled in weddings, senior family portraits and family portraits.

“I have learned if you do something and you want a picture of it, take it right then as it might not be there next time,” Williams said, adding, “Go out and have fun with (your) camera.”

He is exhibiting a variety of photos that he hopes everybody enjoys viewing.

GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, contact GO ART! at 343-9313, info@GOart.org or visit www.GOart.org.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm


post by Scott Neumann in BARNS, photography

Here are some photos of a barn I drive by every day on my way to work.  Just off Route 262 in Elba.  I have been trying to catch a good moment with this barn and this morning the January sun was wonderful.  Also have the barn in one of the first snow storms of the year.  Enjoy.

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