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This page contains current GO ART! shows, coming  attractions, open dates and a list of our galleries.

GO ART! has expanded its reach and now has four galleries available for exhibitions. Learn more about our galleries at the bottom of this page. Also, if you are an artist interested in exhibiting, please click here to download our Application Form and Guidelines.

Currently Exhibiting:

GO ART! Bank of Castile Main Gallery

 

GO ART! Bank of Castile Main Gallery
Seymour Place, 201 East Main Street, Batavia
Gallery Hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday-Friday, and by appointment


"Home," by artist Jay Brooks
Exhibit Dates: Monday, June 16th through Friday, August 29th
Reception: Friday, July 11th from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Growing up on 90 acres of farmland in Pavilion NY, Jay Brooks has always had the landscape as an integral part of his life and art. At the young age of 14, Brooks began painting under the classical apprenticeship of John Peisley and the plein-air instruction of Charles Movalli, a disciple of the late Emile Gruppe. Brooks was also introduced to the pre-impressionist styles of Corot, George Inness and Asher B. Durand.

In 1988, Brooks received his B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and in 1990 he received his M.F.A. from Columbia University. Being removed from his familiar bucolic surroundings, Brooks studied and painted the industrial environments of Pittsburgh and New York City.

After teaching art in New York City, Brooks moved back to upstate NY in 1993. Here, Brooks is surrounded by countless varieties of New York State scenes. His paintings could range from a close up macro view of a forest floor to a distant dramatic vista expanding for miles.

Jay Brooks is currently showing at the River Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY, and the Maresella Gallery in Skaneateles, NY. Brooks has also shown regularly in the Chelsea area of New York City, Lambertville NJ, Cody Wyoming, Rochester NY, and Sullivan County NY. In 2001, Brooks entered the Arts for the Parks competition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and had four paintings in the top 100. Although Brooks’ main interest in the landscape resides primarily in the scenery of upstate NY, he has also painted scenes in the American West, Puerto Rico, the Austrian and German Alps, Northern Italy, Ireland, and the outback and rain forests of Australia. Brooks also has a great interest in portraiture, military/historical scenes, and railroad scenes.

Teaching art has also been a big part of Brooks' life. He has been an art instructor at the high school in Monticello, NY, for the last 20 years. Brooks would like to pass the torch of art to his students so they can keep the tradition of painting and drawing alive.

Brooks' work is displayed in many corporate and national collections including Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, McKinsey and Company, US Dept of State, Hallmark Cards, PP&G, Pen Med, The Equitable Corporation, Pfizer and other private collections. Brooks was published in the February 2004 issue of American Artist Magazine.

Artist Statement:
Pavilion, New York has not been my permanent residence since 1984, but like many people who are from this small town in western New York, I still call it "home." As life ages us, sometimes we yearn for sentimental recollections of our birthplace. It can bring us comfort and peace when we think of the place where life began for us; the place where we have a strong sense of belonging. "Home" is the place where we started out; the place where we were first planted.

During the 2008 stock market crash, fine art sales for many artists and galleries came to a screeching halt. As an artist, I was in this situation.  I had an extensive surplus of landscapes returned to me from several galleries that were closing their doors for good. During this time of difficulty, the words of the abstract painter and my mentor, Sam Gilliam, kept reoccurring to me; "art is a discipline, not an apex." Accolades or no accolades, a true artist continues creating simply because they "can't not do it."

Soon after the financial abyss in 2008, I made a vow to myself that I wouldn't make another painting unless I would hang it in my own house. If a painting wouldn't sell, I would gladly keep it for myself. So, during this challenging time period, I decided to wander back in time, and think about a place and era where things were much simpler and less worrisome. I couldn't think of a better place than Pavilion, New York…the place I call "home." I started to sketch some scenes from my birth place as a means to ease the pain of stress and acute homesickness. The sketches turned into visual stories, and the stories turned into scenes as I delved into old photographs and listened to stories from friends and relatives back in Pavilion. These stories and photos sent me on a nostalgic journey through my art as I painted one scene after another. Originally, I intended to keep these paintings for my own walls on permanent display. However, after I accumulated a full body of artwork, I decided it was time to share these scenes, portraits, images, and stories with other people; mainly the folks from home, who I so dearly missed.

In August of 2012, I had a solo exhibition in Perry, NY, entitled "Home". I displayed nostalgic scenes with short written anecdotes and stories alongside the paintings. I also wanted to make the gallery more interactive, so I invited people who attended the show to add their own personal stories. Many folks wrote their own memories on post-it notes and stuck them to a provided bulletin board. When the show was over, I started to read the many comments and stories that people had written on the post-it notes. The one comment that stood out the most was, "this is not just an art exhibition, this is a love story." The most concise way to describe this exhibition is just that: a "love story." But it is not a typical romantic love story. It is a love story about my home. These paintings are an expression of my love for family, friends, neighbors, and a love for memories of a place that I will never forget. But it’s not just my love story. This is also a love story for you and about you, the people of Pavilion. The previous show in 2012 was titled "Home." I couldn't think of a more appropriate title for this second exhibition, because it is just an extension of the first show. The definition of the word "home" - birthplace: the place where somebody was born or raised or feels that he or she belongs.

 

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Medina Satellite Gallery, Shirt Factory Cafe

GO ART! Medina Satellite Gallery*
in the Shirt Factory Cafe, 115 West Center Street, Medina
Gallery Hours: 7am - 7pm Monday-Thursday, 7am - 10pm Friday, 8am - 10pm Saturday, Closed Sunday


New works by artist Rebeka Fergusson-Lutz
Exhibit Dates: July-August TBD
Reception: TBD

 

*Please note that the Medina Satellite Gallery is temporarily closed due to renovation work at the Shirt Factory Cafe.

 

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Batavia Satellite Gallery, Genesee County Senior Center

GO ART! Batavia Satellite Gallery
in the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank Street, Batavia
Gallery Hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday-Friday, and by appointment

"Seasons," by Carole LaValley
Exhibit Dates: Friday, July 11th through Wednesday, August 27th
Reception: Friday, July 25th from 6:30-8:00pm

A native of Medina, LaValley was raised and educated in Batavia, NY. She has worked as a registered nurse in hospitals located in Batavia, New York City and Vermont. She has extensive experience working in an Intensive Care Unit. Staff Development and Education is another area in which she worked and excelled. Other work experience, which she enjoyed, was in Community Health and Long Term Care. LaValley’s degrees were from the University of Buffalo, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and Daemen College for post-graduate courses. In addition, she achieved an AAS Commercial Art degree from GCC, Batavia, a BS in Visual Arts, Woodblock, Asian Art and Art Therapy from Empire State College. Also, she has participated in Batavia Society of Artists’ demonstrations, and has been a Student Teacher in Art at St. Joseph’s and BOCES Special Education.
She shares, “I began my oil painting journey during my High School years. I started courses at GCC in Batavia while working as a Registered Nurse. The current media in which I paint are acrylics, oils and watercolors. My favorite medium, however, is oil.”

Artist Statement:
Some believe art can be learned and after many years of art classes, demos and courses, I am still learning and sharpening my observational skills of color, perspective, and design. I work mostly from my photographs of everyday subjects of favorite local scenes, vacations and trips.
The current media in which I paint are acrylics, oils and watercolors. Primary colors dominate my palette in whatever medium being used. I am an ardent fan of the Post-Impressionists’ landscapes, still life and portrait work.

It is with delight that I might be considered a member of the group of local artists, and I am inspired by the works of Batavians such as Rose Pontillo DiCarlo, Mary Cecere, Nina Mason Booth, Mary Tyler and Roz Hayes. I am appreciative to the following college art teachers who have influenced each painting, drawing, or graphic arts project: the late Helle Leetma, William Brown, Marilyn Anderson and Marc Cirigliano, all valuable mentors.

Art to me is a way of seeing and, at times, a healing language of the heart. I am happy to share my work with others.

Currently, my special teachers are the leader, Lorie Longhany, and the senior art group at the Senior Center who keep me motivated, productive, and inspired by their own wonderful artistic views. We learn so much from each other! If I happen to miss our Friday weekly session, something definitely is missing from my weekly routine.

My theme is “Seasons”, which is best illustrated by the following original verse:
“Life’s seasons are not enough reason for each day
Everything does not have to have a reason
It can just be the season

In moving, changing, growing, sharing.”


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Albion Satellite Gallery, GCC Albion

GO ART Albion Satellite Gallery
at the GCC Albion Campus, 456 West Avenue (Route 31), Albion
Gallery Hours: 9am to 9pm Monday-Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday


Mixed media works by Clarendon-based artist Kristy Totter
Exhibit Dates: July-August TBD
Reception: TBD

Kristy Totter is a local artist who bases most of her work from dreams. Her medium ranges from acrylic to clay and incorporates different natural and artificial objects. She was born in 1989 in Clarendon, NY where she attended Holley High School and majored in art. She graduated in 2007 winning an award for excellence in painting. She was also awarded first place in painting for her retablo piece named Ferris Wheel in 2007 at the Community Library Art Show. After school she volunteered around the country through a program called Help Exchange. The program allowed her to live on farms and study different agricultural systems. She was able to paint a mural for the Shaggy Mountain Creation Station in Marshall, NC. After her travels in 2011, she came back to work and live in Clarendon, NY where she continues to explore and expand her art.

Artist Statement:
My work is based off of wisdom I have received or knowledge I would like to grow upon. To strike a creative urge in someone is to ultimately unfold your own creative emanation. I want to awaken others to alternative views on ways to explore and question their existence. A large part of my work is dedicated to dreams because they are the most personal insight into the mind. They release suppressed feelings, knowledge of yourself and insight of your near future. Acrylics are the medium that I commonly use along with clay. I’ve been experimenting with mixing acrylics, oil and water colors to try and capture the qualities of all three types of paint on the same canvas. Different sheens being used on the same pallet is a new concept that I’ve been working with to create contrast.

 

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About GO ART! Exhibits

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council programs are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

If you would like to apply to exhibit in one of the GO ART! Galleries, download our application and guidelines in PDF form.

For more information, contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313 or email info@GOart.org.

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