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Small Works Member Show to Exhibit 31 Regional Artists

By Eva Potter

Mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 14 for a social and art-filled evening at the 2012 Small Works Member Show presented by Jamestown Community College (JCC) and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC). The opening reception will take place at the Center Gallery on the Olean JCC campus.

From 6–8 p.m., gather with artists, friends, family and community members in a fun, informal atmosphere to enjoy the art, good company as well as hot hors d’oeuvres and happy hour refreshments throughout the evening catered by Sheila Darrow. The event is free and open to the public. Best of Show, First, Second and Third Place awards will be presented at 7 p.m.

Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of CCAC, said, “The opening is an excellent chance to experience the vibrancy of the arts scene in our region.”

Of the 31 artist juried into the show, widely recognized names include Sean Huntington, Judson Brown, Robin Zefers Clark, Barbara Fox, Elliott Hutten, Karen Fitzpatrick and Todd Plough. But this show also draws out wonderful, emerging artists and those new to the arts council like Ellen Paquette, Christie Brook, Kim Mehta, Bernard Aaron Dolecki and Debbie Weatherell.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for the arts council to show off the full range of regional talent – experienced to emerging – in one show,” according to Conroy-Baiter.

CCAC members were invited to submit up to three small works with at least one chosen by jury. Small works were defined as smaller than 14 inches in every dimension – length, width and depth. Several artists had two, even three, chosen for the show.

Jurors Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, and Cynnie Gaash, executive director at Young Audiences of Western New York, chose the works to be included via online collaboration. After the show is installed this week, the pair will be back to see the works in person to determine who will be awarded the show’s prizes.

Conroy-Baiter explained that the Member Show was created in response to CCAC’s other large exhibition opportunity, the Southern Tier Biennial, which was geared toward contemporary artists. This show allows artists creating in more traditional veins to exhibit their work in a professionally juried show with a chance for recognition of their accomplishments.

Selected artist Kim Mehta from Allegany, N.Y., said, “I was very excited to participate in the Member Show this year for the first time. I have dabbled in pastels and watercolors but photography is currently what I am doing the most. When I was deciding what to submit I knew I wanted to use some of my photos from my most recent trip to India but wanted to tell a story. I chose three photos of my niece, Priyanka, from her wedding and am thrilled that all three were selected for the show…. I can’t wait for the show and to see what everyone else has submitted.”

The show will hang until Oct. 18. Visit the Center Gallery on the second floor of the JCC College Center building at 260 N. Union St. in Olean, N.Y. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

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