The Batavia Society of Artists is helping Stafford Country Club celebrate its centennial.

About 20 artworks for eight artists will be featured during an Oct. 8 display as part of a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception for members and guests at Stafford Country Club, 8873 Morganville Rd., Stafford. The reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

The artwork – which includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and Conte crayon, which create finer lines, less dust and are easier to control than charcoal – was created by the artists during an Aug. 10 en plein air painting program. En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air,” and is used by artists to describe painting outdoors and on location.

Pieces showcase scenery and other historic aspects of the club. The pieces may include grounds designed by Harold L. Olmstead, the 1921 historic landmark clubhouse designed by Herbert Stern, the course’s charming covered bridge or flower gardens found throughout the property.

During the reception, the works will be presented by the artists and auctioned to members of the Stafford Country Club.

A portion of the auction proceeds will help support the Walter J. Travis Scholarship Foundation. The scholarships are open to students interested in various areas of golf, including management of golf courses, amateur golf, turf management or course design.

“So the more paintings sold, the more commission will go towards the Scholarship Fund,” said Teresa Tamfer of the Society of Artists.

Stafford Country Club features a course designed by Walter J. Travis, an amateur golfer in the early 1900s who went on to become a noted golf course architect, or designer.

Travis was innovative in his approach to golf course design. In a “Practical Golf” chapter on hazards, Travis was critical of the ubiquitous and, to him, unappealing cross-bunkers that stretched all the way across the fairway at predictable intervals. Rather, he argued for more strategically and visually appealing bunkers placed along the edges of fairways, stating, “Hazards arranged somewhat upon the lines indicated, rather than slavishly following the system adopted on the great majority of our courses, would, I think, make the game vastly more interesting, and more provocative of better golf all around.”

The Society of Artists, itself, has been around for more than 70 years.

Tamfer said the artists’ organization was “excited to be part of this creative event and to honor this ‘Gem of Genesee County.’ ”

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