Painters invited to join ‘GV 100’ community art project

Genesee Valley ConservancyA painting by Judy Soprano, one of the participatants in the “Genesee Valley 100” community art project presented for a third time by the Genesee Valley Conservancy.

Painters are again at work this year creating pieces for the “Genesee Valley 100” community art project.

The project, organized by the Genesee Valley Conservancy, started in 2018 with painters. Last year, the project featured photographers. This year, the project returns to painting.

Guidelines for each painting remain simple: use a provided 12-by-12-inch canvas and create a piece inspired by the Genesee Valley.

The size requirement ensures that all submissions will be of a uniform size, and also provide a compelling presentation, according to the project’s entry guidelines.

Painters of all ages, abilities and styles were invited to apply for a slot in the exhibition. The goal of the project is to create a mosaic as diverse as the Genesee Valley itself.

Artists are free to choose the medium, subject and style. For the initial exhibition of paintings, the works were as varied as the artists, featuring realistic, abstract and interpretive styles.

For the exhibition – named for the number of works organizers hope to feature – the Genesee Valley is considered to be an area that generally ranges from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border.

The Finger Lakes, Genesee River, wildlife, and agriculture are some of the main areas that have been featured in the past, but organizers hope painters will also submit less obvious subjects and photos of hidden corners of the Valley.

The initial painting exhibition featured 110 works created by 96 artists.

Paintings are due to the Conservancy office in Geneseo by Oct. 26.

Pieces will be on sale in November.

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The diversity of the Genesee Valley has long provided inspiration for artists, including Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of Art. Cole traveled to the area in 1839 at the request of state Canal Commissioner Samual Ruggles who wanted Cole to capture the gorge’s unspoiled beauty.

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