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November 29, 2022 - 6:14pm


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Batavia Society of Artists is having its Winter Art Exhibit at the Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room for the month of December.  All are welcome to the Free Opening Reception Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with light refreshments.

Every Winter Show we highlight one of our members. This show's "Featured Artist" is David Burke.  We are having a monetary prize for the People's Choice Award that night.  So please come to the Opening Reception and vote for your favorite piece of art!

The hanging date for entries is this coming Saturday, Dec. 4. Entry forms are due soon, and artists are asked to email your artwork information and attach payment to the back of your artwork when you drop it off starting Thursday and Friday.

The entry fee is $15, checks payable to Batavia Society of Artists.  Entry fees may also be sent to: Teresa Tamfer, 157 Hutchins St., Batavia, NY, 14020.

Artwork may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the library, 19 Ross St., Batavia.

Click here For more information about BSA.

File photo of BSA Winter Show, by Howard Owens.

October 6, 2022 - 1:25am
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The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Julie Lambert on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia. Julie will take us through how she makes handmade paper and how she uses it in her artwork. Non-Members are welcome for a $5.00 fee. The 2.o.1. Tavern will be open during the demonstration for cash purchases.

Julie A. Lambert is an award-winning papermaking artist who lives in Le Roy.  While pursuing her BFA in Printmaking and Painting at SUNY Oswego, the artist learned how to make paper. Instantly intrigued by the art form, Julie found her medium.

The artist’s works reflect her deep connection to nature and her surroundings. Through handmade paper, Julie explores both natural forms and humankind’s impact on the landscape.  Many of her pieces are based on her love of exploration. Sometimes inspired by brooding skies, a twist of a tree or a decaying structure, nature speaks to her and she recreates these scenes in her art.

Julie is also creating a series called “Discern”.  Words' meanings are often interpreted based on influences in social media and life experiences.  The artist’s works are created to challenge her own perceptions and encourage questioning and conversation.

Recently retired, Julie has been pursuing her art full time, winning 3 awards, and participating in 10 exhibitions, including a solo show, in the past 2 years.  Julie has also taught several workshops at local venues including the Rochester Brainery.  Julie is excited to present to the Niagara Art Guild and the Batavia Society of Artists.  The artist is currently showing at the MVA Gallery in Easton Pa. and Go-Art.

Julie is a member of The Batavia Society of Artists and The Rochester Contemporary Art Center.


September 8, 2022 - 5:48pm
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The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Karen Crittenden on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia.  Karen will be doing a hands-on demonstration of Mono Printing on Gelli Plates.  Non-Members are welcome for a $5 fee.  Tavern 2.o.1.will be open for cash purchases during this demo.

Karen is a lifelong artist.  Starting with office supplies, cereal boxes and construction paper when she was very young.  Karen received her first camera at the age of 10 as a gift and has not put one down since then.  She has explored many mediums and styles of art.  In recent times, mixed media has been a well-received favorite as well as her photographs.  

Karen owns and operates Karen’s Yarn Paper Scissors, 550 E. Main St., Batavia, where she offers classes in mixed media, junk journals/folios as well as other art and craft lessons.  She has been doing this for the last 10 years.

Her philosophy regarding art and craft is this: “I sincerely believe that anyone can be an artist.  It takes time and practice and finding a medium you really love and feel comfortable doing.  Anyone can practice art and craft and can learn.  It is up to the teacher to find appropriate ways for people to learn.”




August 19, 2022 - 3:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Society of Artists, art, news.


David Burke won the "People's Choice" award in the Batavia Society of Artists' summer show on display now through Sept. 30 at GO Art!

His painting is titled "Garden of the Mystic" and he described it as an intuitive painting.

Other artists in the show are Shauna Blake, Joan D'Alba, Richard Ellington, Kevin Feary, Nikki Greenbaum, Brian Kemp, Julie Lambert, Adrian Morris, Madeleine Rusch, Teresa Tamfer, Morgan Wagner, and Lydia Zwierzynski.


Brian Kemp with "Artsperience," a mixed-media piece that was a collaboration with his 14-year-old niece Danielle Jefferson.  Kemp met her for the first time this summer during a trip to North Carolina and found out that she is a young artist.  She showed him a drawing but said she didn't like it and intended to destroy it.  Kemp told her to give it to him, he said.  She did, and he finished the painting and then mounted it on a chunk of scrap iron he had in his storage shed.



August 15, 2022 - 4:52pm
posted by Joanne Beck in news, arts, Batavia Society of Artists, notify.


Batavia Society of Artists will be hosting its Member's Summer Art Show, kicking it off with an opening reception this week at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 East Main St., Batavia. The free reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and light refreshments will be served.

Fifteen artists and 39 paintings will be on display, and there will be a People's Choice Award in lieu of a traditional judge for the exhibit. Spectators will have an opportunity to cast their vote, and the winning artist will receive a $75 prize during the reception. 

"So please come out and vote for your favorite painting," organizers say.

A cash bar will be available at Tavern 2.0.1.




Submitted photos of Batavia Society of Artists' works.

July 5, 2022 - 6:01pm
posted by Press Release in Kevin Feary, Batavia Society of Artists, batavia, arts, news.


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The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Kevin Feary in a Plein Art Painting (painting outdoors) demonstration on Tuesday, July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The demonstration will be held at Karen's Yarn, Paper and Scissors, in the back yard, at 550 E. Main St., Batavia. Bring a lawn chair. 

Non-members are welcome for a $5 fee.

Kevin will base a quick demo on how to capture light effects through observing how the light hits a bush or potted plant or some other simple object. There will be something in Karen's backyard we can use to get sunlight where he can demonstrate how the light hits an object and how we can create an impression of that on our canvas.  He will also try to demonstrate how to paint scrub and weeds to add interest. People can bring their paint gear and give it a try, kind of like a short class, hands-on thing.

Kevin will do his best to keep it quick so people can try it if they want.



June 10, 2022 - 5:30pm
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The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Colette Savage Tuesday, June 14th at 7 p.m. at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia.  Colette will be demonstrating painting with pastels.  Non-members are welcome for a $5 fee.

We will also have a very affordable Art Supply and Frame sale before the demo starting at 6:30 p.m., at the break, and after the demo.  The supplies and frames have been donated by the Virginia Carr-Mumford Family to help with the cost of artist demonstrations.

Award-winning artist, Colette Savage, is a native Rochesterian whose love of the area in which she grew up is reflected in the art she produces.  A life-long artist, Colette has painted en plein air for 18 years.  Most of her work is done in pastel, a medium with incredible versatility.  Colette feels that there is always something new and exciting to be discovered when painting with pastel.

Colette received her BA from SUNY College at Brockport but feels that her greatest education has come from frequently working on location where the challenge to produce a finished painting before the light has changed has taught her to work faster, more accurately, and efficiently.

Colette is a member of Suburban Rochester Art Group, the Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters and the Pastel Society of Western NY.

You can see Colette’s extensive body of pastel paintings on the internet.  Colette maintains several websites: www.colettesavage.blogspot.com and www.colettesavage.weebly.com.  You can learn about Colette’s plein air process at www.pastelsenpleinair.blogspot.com/.  She has recently posted several videos on You Tube, demonstrating several pastel painting tutorials.   These can be viewed at (3) Colette Savage - YouTube

In addition to doing demonstrations and workshops, Colette teaches classes in pastel painting, drawing and plein air painting at the Art Stop and through Irondequoit Community Education.  Original paintings and prints can be purchased on her Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/ColetteSavage.

When not focusing on art, Colette works at Monroe 2 – Orleans BOCES as a Student Behavioral Assistant and job coach, working with young adults with developmental disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center.



May 16, 2022 - 10:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Society of Artists, batavia, arts, news.


The Batavia Society of Artists' Member Spring Art Show opened last week at the Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room, 19 Ross St., Batavia.

The event included awarding the Virginia Carr-Mumford Scholarship to Ben Wilkins.

Submitted photos.


Richard Ellingham, 1st place and two honorable mentions.


Adrian Morris donated his painting to raffle off for the BSA.


Brian Kemp, 3rd Place


Julie Lambert, honorable mention


Nicole Greenbaum, honorable mention


David Burke, honorable mention


Julie Jensen, honorable mention

May 4, 2022 - 2:44pm


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The Batavia Society of Artists' Member Spring Art Show is in the Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room, 19 Ross St., Batavia  till May 26th.  There are 15 artists contributing to the show.  We are showcasing Rick Ellingham as our Featured Artist in this show. There are a total of 60 pieces of art.  The Public is invited to the Free Opening Reception on Tuesday May 10th, 6:30 - 8pm.  The artwork is being Judged by Retired Middle School Art Teacher Kathy Schwank.  Winners will be announced at the opening reception.

We are also having a Silent Auction on a painting donated to the Batavia Society of Artists by Adrian Morris.  He painted this while demonstrating Acrylic Slap & Dash Landscape at our February demo.




March 29, 2022 - 5:37pm

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Set the date aside for a fun night on April 12 from 7 to 9 PM at the GoArt-Seymour Art Center at 201 E.Main St.  Batavia Society of Artists is proud to be able to present the opportunity for its members as well as guests to experience the intuitive painting process. This process is a tool to allow artists the experience to be inside color, paint, and process. Reference has been made to being spontaneous and to not over-think your painting. Taking away all expectations for your art may free your mind from the normal constraints of “getting it perfect”.

Batavia Society of Artists will have a program in collaboration with the Genesee Wind Ensemble, led by Conductor Philip Briatico, who has been in the music education field for 15 years. His background includes music education at  Buffalo State College and the University of Buffalo. He has extensive experience in conducting and holds the GIML Level 1 certificate. Mr. Briatico has been a member of Genesee Chorale and the Eastman Community School Music Educator’s Wind Ensemble and is also co-manager of the Batavia Swing Band. He currently works at Niagara Falls City School District and has worked at Elba and Warsaw Central Schools. 

As the ensemble plays in various parts of the facility, artists and guests are invited to “let the music take you” and practice this free-form, loose style of painting. This promises to be a new experience for many painters and may even inspire a new category at local art shows.  No over-thinking or evaluating your work….. after all, it’s ART!
All members are welcome, the non-member fee is $5.00

March 6, 2022 - 5:06pm
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The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Karen Crittenden on Tuesday at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St, Batavia at 7 p.m.

She will be doing a Drum Fun hands-on demo with African Drums. Also doing a transfer of a Mandela onto a drum.  Non-Members are welcome for a $5 fee.



January 21, 2022 - 7:04pm
posted by Press Release in Batavia Society of Artists, art, Event.
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February 8, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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December 10, 2021 - 10:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in arts, entertainment, Batavia Society of Artists, batavia, news.


Nicole Greenbaum won "Best in Show," as selected in voting by attendees, at the opening of the Batavia Society of Artists Winter Show at the Richmond Memorial Library.  Her painting, a watercolor, top right, is entitled "Silent Observations." 


Madeleine Rusch is the featured artist in the show.  Rusch has been painting for about 15 years and is mostly self-taught though attended classes with John Hodgins and Dennis Wood. Her main interest is acrylic paint. She has participated in many art shows and recently won Best in Show at the Alden Art Show.





October 26, 2021 - 5:32pm
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The Batavia Society of Artists will host Artist Shauna Blake on Tuesday, Nov. 9th at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia at 7 pm.  Shauna will demonstrate Acrylic Pour Painting on an ornament. Everyone who comes gets to make one of their own to take home. Please call or text Teresa Tamfer to reserve your spot at (585-506-2465.  Non-Members welcome for a $5.00 fee.

BIO: Shauna Blake, Artist

Shauna Blake started painting in her early teens and has devoted her entire working life to her artwork. She has a love for nature and the outdoors and uses the inspiration and energy it provides to create her art.

She paints in a wide variety of mediums including, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, and silk dyes.

In 1994 she graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a major in Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked in the Graphic Design field for 7 years before joining her husband, Brendan in his glass art business in 2001. Here she expanded her art by studying and creating lampwork glass beads.

Shauna currently sells her hand-painted silk scarves, silk ribbons, and art prints worldwide on her website. www.QuintessenceSilk.com and on the popular Etsy handmade crafts site online.

October 8, 2021 - 7:51pm


To help celebrate its 100th Anniversary, the Stafford Country Club invited members of the Batavia Society of Artists to paint pictures of the club grounds, and tonight those paintings were sold to members. Twenty percent of the proceeds go to the club's scholarship fund with the remainder of the sale price going to the individual artist.

Top photo: Teresa Tamfer, one of the BSA's organizers of the event, with one of the paintings by a BSA member


October 7, 2021 - 6:52pm
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October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting Irish artist Adrien Morris on Tuesday, October 11th at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia from 7 pm-9 pm.  Adrien is demonstrating portrait painting from a live model! Non- members welcome a $5 fee.

September 16, 2021 - 9:11pm
posted by James Burns in news, Batavia Society of Artists, GoArt!.


Two new shows opened at GOART! and will be on display until October 28th. David Francis Burke, pictured above, has his exhibit "Human/Nature" on display as well as The Batavia Society of Artist have their annual exhibit up on display with quite a variety of works from the club members. GOART! is open 11 am to 9 pm Wednesday to Friday and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. 



August 11, 2021 - 12:50pm


Members of the Batavia Society of Artists participated Tuesday evening in a Plein Air painting exhibition at the Stafford Country Club.  

The artists spread out over the golf course to paint various landscapes of the club.  The event was organized by club member Mari-Ellen Lamont as part of the club's 100th Anniversary Celebration.

The paintings will be sold at auction to benefit Stafford Country Club Scholarship Fund.







June 22, 2021 - 11:42am

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The Batavia Society of Artist is hosting artist Collette Savage on Tuesday, July 13th at 6 p.m. at DeWitt Recreation Area at 115 Cedar St. in Batavia. She will be demonstrating pastels en plein air (outside).

We will be in the smallest pavilion on the left side of the park. Nonmembers welcome for a $5 fee. Please bring a chair in case Savage wants to get closer to the water.

Savage has been an artist since she could pick up a pencil. She received her bachelor’s degree in art from SUNY Brockport but has found the best education she received has come from sources outside of academia.

She has taken classes from local artists including Sari Gaby and Thomas Keggler, as well as nationally known artists Albert Handel and Marc Hanson.  Nevertheless, working directly from life on a regular basis has been her greatest teacher.

Savage has worked in pastels for the past 20 years and continues to be fascinated by all the creative ways that pastels can be used. An avid plein air pastel painter, she teaches classes in pastel painting and plein air for the beginner where she can share her knowledge and love of what she does.

Savage is a member of Suburban Rochester Art Group, Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters and the Pastel Society of Western New York. In addition to teaching classes, she does workshops and demonstrations.

Savage enjoys sharing her knowledge of pastel and plein air painting. Recently, Colette has begun recording videos on YouTube, which demonstrate pastel painting techniques. Here is the link.

You can read her blog about pastel painting here.

She also offers her pastel paintings and giclee prints on her Etsy shop. You can email her at:  [email protected]

May 14, 2021 - 9:12am

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Did you ever want to add some bushes or cattails to a painting but thought what you were looking at was just too busy or complicated?

Well it can be done simply and it doesn't have to be daunting.

The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Kevin Feary (top photo) outside at DeWitt Recreation Area on Cedar Street in the City of Batavia at 6 p.m. on Tuesday June 8th.

He is demonstrating methods for plein-air painting  -- all different kinds of landscape elements -- bushes, reeds, a pond, and any general scrub you may see in a field or hedgerow -- using simple application methods and color mixtures.

All types of brushes, pallet knives, paper towels, your fingers or whatever tools are at hand can be used.

The live demo will be in Pavilion #3, the smallest one. Please bring a chair in case Kevin wants to get closer to the pond!

There is a charge of $5 for nonmembers. See our facebook.com/bataviasocietyofartists for more info.

About Kevin Feary

He has taken classes and workshops from local and nationally known artists throughout his career and has been honing his skills studying, drawing and painting. He creates commissioned paintings and murals, and paints from life through figure/portrait sessions and plein air.

He teaches plein-air and portrait workshops and demonstrates for art groups here and nationwide.

Feary is a member of The All Weather Gang, the Batavia Society of Artists, a signature member of the Genesee Valley Plein Aire Painters, signature member of the Rochester Art Club, Penn Yan Art Guild, and an associate member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society.

He has been juried into multiple shows and events such as: Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2016, 2017; Plein Air Funfest 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020; National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS) Best of America Small Works National Exhibitions 2019 and 2021; a finalist in the 2010 Oil Painters of America (OPA) Eastern Regional Exhibition; and finalist Artist's Magazine 25th Annual Art Competition.

Feary has won numerous awards. His work is collected throughout the United States.

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