BATAVIA — An exhibition featuring three of the 10 local artists who are collaborating as part of the “GLOW Creatives” project to engage area residents through art is underway on the second floor of the Rotary Room at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, 201 East Main St.
An artist’s reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 tonight.
The project and exhibition are the result of a state competition for artists called Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employment Program that took place earlier this year. Artists had to propose collaborations with community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments.
The recipient organizations would receive funding for each artist including artists’ salaries and benefits for two years. A total of $49.9 million in funding has come from the Mellon Foundation to New York state for distribution.
That includes $1.5 million award to GO ART!, the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts in Mount Morris and the Arts Council for Wyoming County. The group collaborative is named the “GLOW Creatives.”
“We are so thrilled to be working with an amazing group of artists through the CRNY program,” said Education and SCR director Mary Jo Whitman of GO ART! “Through the collaboration with GVCA, ACWC and the GLOW Creatives, over the next two years we aim to expand on art-related events, education, and programing throughout the GLOW region and create more opportunities for the community to be involved in the arts.”
Participating artists include:
n Dan Butler: Painter; muralist, illustrator, graphic designer, portrait artist, instructor in storyboards, set painting, drawing and painting.
n Ted Canning: Steel band performances, workshops, residencies.
n Ruben Ornelas: Dance for children, youth and adults.
n Jill Pettigrew: Visual artist/art teacher
n Susan Ferrari Rowley: Sculpture, group projects, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.
n Rashaad Santiago: special effects artist, sculptor, fabricator, concept artist, director, producer, and actor.
n Gaitrie Devi Subryan: Dancer, choreographer, Kathak (Indian classical dance), and Bollywood.
n Annette Daniels Taylor: Poet, writer, teacher, playwright, film maker, video, workshops, director, spoken word, African American history, Underground Railroad, theatre, monologues, readings, solo performance, and actor.
n Paul Thomas: Functional pottery
n Keith Walters: Photographer, videographer, and storyteller.
Work by Butler, Rowley and Walters is featured in the exhibition “Selected works of GLOW Creatives.”
“Each working in a different medium, the artists bring a unique set of skills which really showcase the talent of the group as a whole,” Whitman said.
Rowley has been an artist and arts educator her whole life, choosing both as a career. She has degrees in art education, a master of science in teaching, and a master of fine arts. She is a professor emeritus at Monroe Community College.
Rowley’s art exhibition career has spanned decades, with major exhibitions early in her career such as Young Americans, a selection of 50 artists under age 30 that represented the future, and the Venice Biennial of Sculpture 2018, where she was one of 30 selected sculptors internationally.
Walters is a professional photographer and video producer from Geneseo with more than a decade of experience. After spending 10 years working in media production for higher education, Walters opened The Gallery in the Valley and pursued his passion for visual arts full time.
His experience in the field of photography and videography has taken him around the world for a variety of clients. At his core is a passion for storytelling and a love for the outdoors, which shows most predominantly in his landscape photography. His landscape photography – Letchworth State Park is a frequent subject – seeks to inspire a sense of awe, incorporating large skies, bold colors and dramatic contrasts of light and dark.
Butler is a muralist/painter and illustrator in traditional and digital media. A primarily self taught artist he has created art on everything from painting sunflowers on an old grain silo to etching memorials on headstones. He recently completed a mural on the wall behind GO ART!
Butler’s passion for creating art was initially ignited by drawing comic books and superheroes, and expanded to painting and digital art. He spent close to 20 years working in print production creating graphic art and designing printed circuits. Butler now applies printing knowledge and production principles to his craft creating murals, paintings, children books, graphic design and whatever else inspires him.
The exhibit will be open until Oct. 29.
The grant to the arts councils is called the Artists Employment Program, or AEP, which is designed to support employment opportunities for artists, The program is funding 98 collaborations statewide involving 300 artists employed by community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across New York State. The grant will allow the artists to grow their skills, develop relations with their community, and provide arts programming.
From an initial pool of more than 2,700 written applications, 167 projects were shortlisted for interviews with reviewers, and from that pool the final 98 projects – representing 300 artists – were selected, according to Creatives Rebuild New York.
Ten artists from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming (and Monroe and Erie counties joined, proposing artistic development for the upstate region and receiving a portion of the funds.
A Quick Look
WHAT: “Selected Work of GLOW Creatives,” an exhibition featuring the work of three artists from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties who are part of the “GLOW Creatives” collaborative.
WHERE: GO ART!, 201 Main St., Batavia.
WHEN: Through Oct. 29 in the Batavia Rotary Gallery.
RECEPTION: 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15.
GALLERY HOURS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
INFORMATION: Go to www.goart.org, or call (585) 343-9313.