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Society Of Artists To Exhibit At Library
Society Of Artists To Exhibit At Library

JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library Art Gallery will feature a group exhibit by the Chautauqua County Society of Artists Jan. 14 through Feb. 11.

            There will be an opening reception to meet members of the group and discuss their work from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, in the Library’s Fireplace Room. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.         

            The Chautauqua County Society of Artists grew out of the Jamestown Sketch Club organized in the early 1900s. The group provides an opportunity for talented people to develop their artistic gifts and share their work with the community. Members range from self-taught amateurs to professionally trained artists with master’s degrees. Several have exhibited widely in many galleries.  

                Chairing the show is the group’s current president, Elaine Caflisch, who teaches porcelain painting and works in acrylics and watercolors. She has designed Mother’s Day cards for the National Osteoporosis Foundation for two years, and her mini murals are on display at Body Beautiful in Lakewood and the office of Dr. Mahesh Vejendla.

            Ron Nasca, who participates in the annual Empty Bowl project to benefit local food pantries, will also furnish work for the library show. A potter and teacher who learned his craft at SUNY Fredonia, he owns the Mudslingers studio and gallery in Fredonia.

            Other exhibitors are Dorothy MacLees, who has worked for 15 years making pressed flowers and nature creations from flowers she dries herself; Audrey Schafer, who works in oils and acrylics; Emma Duncanson, who makes fashionable freak art dolls; Margaret Braun, who paints nature art ornaments; and Butch Poole, who does abstract nature photography shot with an i-Phone using multiple exposures.

            Four new members will be represented:

            * Linda Mason, a self-taught flameworker who also does fiber art and porcelain painting and sometimes combines her efforts into one project, such as a felted purse with glass beads and a painted porcelain button to accent the design;

            * Sally Hutchison, self-taught artist who uses area scenes and vacation memories to create acrylic landscapes;

            * Mike LaMancuso, who studied art in Buffalo and has been painting watercolors on and off for 15 years; and   

            * Judith Whittaker, who uses acrylics for portraits and landscapes.

            There are also quite a few family participants:

            * A mother-daughter team, Velma Jones, who makes handmade traditional Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, and her daughter, Sally, who works in oil, watercolor and acrylic, and whose Christmas-themed mini murals could be seen at the Value Home Center in Lakewood;

            * Sisters Linzey Carlson, who does pen and pastel animals and Native American-themed art, and Charlene Loveless, a self-taught artist who creates ethnic jewelry and acrylic rock art; and

            * A mother and daughter-in-law, Carole Norberg, a self-taught artist who paints in a Grandma Moses style in oils and pastels, and Denise Snyder Norberg, who makes jewelry and wooden crafts. Carole has been painting for 50 years, was president of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists for four years and is one of the group’s original members.

            There are also two husband-wife teams, Suzette and Jerry Paduano and Milt and Audrey Shelgren. Suzette is a photographer, president of The Jamestown Audubon Photography Club,   and has a studio called the Photo Shed. Jerry works with multimedia, mostly oils and acrylics. Milt enjoys photography and wood burning. Audrey uses mixed media and creates intricate dried gourd carvings.

            Family members are also lending works by Linda Shattuck-Harrington, who was a commercial illustrator, and William Inglesby, who was self-taught. Now deceased, both are past presidents of the group.

            Gallery hours for the group’s Prendergast exhibit are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.

            A new exhibit called “A Lifetime of Painting” will open Feb. 18 with work by Renate Bob, Bernie Chiama, Dick Haseley, Gayle Johnson, Celia Knapp, Teresa LoGuidace, Chris Mesmer and Jean Voltmann.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.            


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