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Call for artists and business owners to make Batavia more vibrant

By James Burns

Sometimes canvas and an easel just isn’t enough for an artist with a big idea. Sometimes, you need to search out a different medium, something bigger, like a building. Brian Kemp is spearheading an effort to connect commercial business owners with artists of all genres to create the “Batavia City Canvas Art Trail.” Brian envisions this art trail as 20 to 30 works of art painted directly on a building or weatherproof art hung on a building. The art trail will incorporate existing works, such as those in Jackson Square, as well as planned new works.

Brian is asking for volunteer business owners to donate a specific portion of an exterior wall for the art trail. Artists are asked to donate their time and talents for creating these works on the buildings.  Artists interested in participating are asked to submit representative samples of their original works so the building owners can be matched with suitable artists.

Below, Brian readies the side of his building for future paintings by local artists.

Much like the Le Roy Barn Quilts, Brian plans on printing free maps for a self-guided tour. The maps will be available available for the patrons of the establishments that are participating in the Batavia City Canvas Art Trail as either a cash sponsor or donation of wall space. 

Kemp says, “This is a creative project between building owners and local artists. Just a grassroots effort to place art into our community with the goal of making Batavia a more vibrant place to live and work.”

For more information or to participate in the Batavia City Canvas Art Trail please contact Brian Kemp at 585-345-1993 or

To learn more about the LeRoy Barn Quilts go to:

Ed Hartgrove

As I looked at Brian, atop the scaffolding, it hit me.

As a tribute to the sesquicentennial of the civil war, simply climb down and label it "The Blue & the Grey".

Apr 18, 2015, 8:49pm Permalink
tom hunt

Who remembers the ex-Batavian Vincent DelPlato who painted the sides of the local commercial buildings with those WWII scene? They maybe faded but not forgotten.

Apr 20, 2015, 3:53am Permalink
Kyle Couchman

Why is Vinnie DelPlato an ex-batavian? He still lives here and is still painting. did a few things last year like the gym over on main st. as well as a couple of fire hydrants.

Apr 20, 2015, 5:31am Permalink
Kyle Couchman

Nope I see him everyday Tom... As a matter of fact he is painting a picture (small 18 x 18 canvas) for me for my wife for our anniversary. I can't say more in case she stumbles over this. I assure you he is still a Batavian, both him and his brother John. :Smile

Apr 20, 2015, 4:27pm Permalink

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