Batavia Society of Artists https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Batavia Society of Artists https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:18:50 -0500 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Wed, 14 Feb 2024 08:05:00 -0500 Batavia artist works with precision, talks about his artwork on display at GO Art! https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-artist-works-with-precision-talks-about-his-artwork-on-display-at-go-art
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During his talk Tuesday evening at GO Art! in Batavia, artist Bryan Wright shows how he uses a plasma cutter for precision cuts in metal to create pieces of artwork. 
Photo by Joanne Beck

Of the sundry tools that artists gravitate toward, from chalk and colored pencils to watercolor and acrylic paints and brushes, Bryan Wright has chosen a lesser-known and more expensive pursuit.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-artist-works-with-precision-talks-about-his-artwork-on-display-at-go-art#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-artist-works-with-precision-talks-about-his-artwork-on-display-at-go-art Feb 14, 2024, 8:05am Batavia Society of Artists Batavia artist works with precision, talks about his artwork on display at GO Art! jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Bryan Wright with cutout art" class="image-style-large" height="642" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/bryan-wright-with-cutout-art.jpg?itok=8gefMhfo" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>During his talk Tuesday evening at GO Art! in Batavia, artist Bryan Wright shows how he uses a plasma cutter for precision cuts in metal to create pieces of artwork.&nbsp;<br>Photo by Joanne Beck</figcaption> </figure> <p>Of the sundry tools that artists gravitate toward, from chalk and colored pencils to watercolor and acrylic paints and brushes, Bryan Wright has chosen a lesser-known and more expensive pursuit.</p>
'Unique' metal artwork demonstration Tuesday at GO Art! in Batavia https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/unique-metal-artwork-demonstration-tuesday-at-go-art-in-batavia/638273
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The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Bryan Wright on Tuesday at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St. Batavia starting at 7 p.m.  He will be showing how to do his metal artwork, which is said to be “very unique!”

Light refreshments will be provided, and the 2.o.1. Tavern will be open for cash purchases.  Non-members welcome for a $5 fee.  We are always open to new members, all skill levels and mediums!  Dues are single $30, couple $50, veteran or student $10. 

Bryan Wright  was born and raised in Charleston, S.C., and lives in Batavia with his “amazing wife and two beautiful children.” As a child he would spend countless hours drawing, and says that “if I had a pencil and paper, the sky was the limit and I was content.” 

“As I grew older I developed a love for tinkering with computers and digital art and went to college to pursue this new passion and still unsure about my future career I saw that BOCES had a basic-advanced welding class, and signed up immediately,” he said in a press release. “Totally unsure what to expect, all I knew was I loved working with my hands and kept an open mind for this, was the first time I was introduced to a Plasma Cutter and as the class ended I started saving up my hard earned money for a used one. 

“Over the past 15 years I have been using this same machine and collecting scrap junk metal as my new blank canvas,” he said. “At the end of a busy work day or week, I can't wait to get out to the garage, even in this ridiculous WNY weather and create something special.” 

Wright is even more excited to be able to demonstrate his craft and extend this invitation to others who might be interested or are just looking to learn about something new, he said.

Photos submitted by Batavia Society of Artists

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/unique-metal-artwork-demonstration-tuesday-at-go-art-in-batavia/638273#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/unique-metal-artwork-demonstration-tuesday-at-go-art-in-batavia/638273 Feb 12, 2024, 5:15pm Batavia Society of Artists 'Unique' metal artwork demonstration Tuesday at GO Art! in Batavia jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Bryan Wright fish" class="image-style-large" height="398" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/bryan-wright-1-large.jpeg?itok=cLAiBZ-I" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Artwork by Bryan Wright<br>Photo submitted by Batavia Society of Artists</figcaption> </figure> <p><span>The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Bryan Wright on Tuesday at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St. Batavia starting at 7 p.m.&nbsp; He will be showing how to do his metal artwork, which is said to be “very unique!”</span></p><p><span>Light refreshments will be provided, and the 2.o.1</span></p>
Local artist featured in BSA Winter Show melds Irish and American traditions https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/local-artist-featured-in-bsa-winter-show-melds-irish-and-american-traditions/637530
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Adrian Morris, an Irish immigrant who has made Batavia his home, is the featured artist in the Batavia Society of Artists Winter Show at the Richmond Memorial Library.
Photo by Howard Owens.

The folk tradition of music and art in Ireland informs the work of Batavia artist Adrian Morris, featured in the Winter Show of the Batavia Society of Artists at the Richmond Memorial Library.

The show opened Thursday and features 35 paintings by Morris, both his Irish landscapes and his portraits of musicians, writers, political figures, and commissioned work.

'I'm painting every day, painting all the time, in my spare time," Morris said. "It's just, I can't stop doing it. It's a passion that I've had from a young age."

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BSA's annual Spring Show dazzles at Richmond Memorial Library https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/bsas-annual-spring-show-dazzles-at-richmond-memorial-library/634793
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Brittny Benjamin, a GCC art student, received the Virginia Carr Mumford Scholarship from the Batavia Society of Artists on Tuesday.
Photo by Howard Owens.

At the Richmond Memorial Library, the Batavia Society of Artists is displaying some of the best works of its members for the spring, and on Tuesday, at the annual Spring Show's opening, the best of the best were honored, including a GCC student who received the Virginia Carr Mumford Scholarship Award.

The art show was judged by Le Roy artist Lori Longhany.

The show runs through Friday, May 26.

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Hills of Canandaigua, by Kevin Feary, received the Best of Show award.
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Steer'd by Shelley Moore received the first place ribbon.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Bryan Wright, who entered four metal paintings received the second place award.
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Richard Ellington, who received an honorable mention, poses with his painting (top), High Peak Sunset.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/bsas-annual-spring-show-dazzles-at-richmond-memorial-library/634793#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/bsas-annual-spring-show-dazzles-at-richmond-memorial-library/634793 May 10, 2023, 8:47pm Batavia Society of Artists BSA's annual Spring Show dazzles at Richmond Memorial Library Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="batavia society of artist spring show" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/bsa-spring-art-show-2023.jpg?itok=DX1JjX2_" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Brittny Benjamin, a GCC art student, received the Virginia Carr Mumford Scholarship from the Batavia Society of Artists on Tuesday.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>At the Richmond Memorial Library, the Batavia Society of Artists is displaying some of the best works of its members for the spring, and on Tuesday, at the annual Spring Show's opening, the best of the best were honored, including a GCC student who received the Virginia Carr Mumford</p>
GCC student Brittny Benjamin to receive Virginia Carr Mumford scholarship May 9 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/gcc-student-brittny-benjamin-to-receive-virginia-carr-mumford-scholarship-may-9 Press Release:

The Batavia Society of Artists is having its Spring Art Show at Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room, 19 Ross St., for the month of May.  

The FREE Opening Reception with light refreshments will be Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Judge for the show is artist Lori Longhany.  

At 7 p.m. we will be presenting the Virginia Carr Mumford Art Scholarship to GCC student Brittny Benjamin. Brittny will also have her artwork on display.  

This event is open to the Public and everyone is invited!

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Mary Jo Whitman is BSA guest speaker this month, on how to prepare an exhibit https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/mary-jo-whitman-is-bsa-guest-speaker-this-month-on-how-to-prepare-an-exhibit/631521 Press release:

The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Mary Jo Whitman on Tuesday, April 11, starting at 7 p.m. at GO ART!/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia.  Mary Jo will be doing a demo on Preparing for an Exhibit. Which every artist needs!  The 2.o.1. Tavern will be open for cash purchases.  Non-members are welcome for a $5 fee.  We are always accepting new members, any medium or skill level, single $30, couple $50, and student/veteran $10.

Mary Jo Whitman is the Education Director/SCR Coordinator at GO ART! and an Adjunct Art History Professor at Genesee Community College. She has been a practicing artist for over 20 years, working in a variety of forms, including drawing, mural painting, photography, digital art, and sculpture, with a focus on conceptual art. Although much of her work is commissioned, she has exhibited in various group and solo exhibits, both locally and internationally.

Earning a MA in Critical Museum Studies from the University of Buffalo, her graduate research focused on exploring critical theory as it pertains to the construction of identity in a postmodern era. Graduating from SUNY Brockport summa cum laude, she holds a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Art History. Mary Jo also has an AAS in Fine Arts, with a concentration on Digital Art, from Genesee Community College.

Passionate about promoting and fostering the arts, Mary Jo served on the Board of Directors at GO ART! from 2015-2018, chairing the External Affairs and Gallery Committees. As the former Art Gallery Coordinator for the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery, Mary Jo focused on enhancing the student’s education through exposure to a variety of mediums and art forms while curating diverse and dynamic exhibitions for the community to enjoy. She has also had the honor of speaking as a guest lecturer to several artistic and educational groups, as well as serving as a juror for many exhibitions across the region, including the Congressional Art Competition for the 27th District.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/mary-jo-whitman-is-bsa-guest-speaker-this-month-on-how-to-prepare-an-exhibit/631521#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/mary-jo-whitman-is-bsa-guest-speaker-this-month-on-how-to-prepare-an-exhibit/631521 Apr 6, 2023, 6:00pm Batavia Society of Artists Mary Jo Whitman is BSA guest speaker this month, on how to prepare an exhibit Press Release <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p></p><div class="align-right"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-04/mary_jo_whitman.jpg?itok=0FSDBrn_" width="200" height="283" alt class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Mary Jo Whitman on Tuesday, April 11, starting at 7 p.m. at GO ART!/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia.&nbsp; Mary Jo will be doing a demo on Preparing for an Exhibit. Which every artist needs!&nbsp; The 2.o.1. Tavern will</blockquote>
BSA's monthly art demonstration focused on collage multimedia https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bsas-monthly-art-demonstration-focused-on-collage-multimedia/628150
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Press release:

The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Karen Crittenden on Tuesday, March 14, at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., in Batavia at 7 p.m.  Karen will be demonstrating hands-on collage multimedia.  all materials will be provided at no charge.  Tavern 2.0.1. will be open for cash purchases.  Non-members are welcome with a $5 fee.  We are always accepting new members, Single $30, Couples $50, and Students/Veterans $10.

Karen is a lifelong artist who has had a love of all things colorful and accessible.  Her current work has been based in collage/mixed media and photography.  She has traveled to a lot of wonderful places, and this often has an effect on her work.

In recent times she has been collecting and working on making books, journals and junk journals with all the fun vintage and handmade ephemera to go inside those books.  She also enjoys designing and stitching her own embroidery designs.

Karen owns and operates a niche yarn and media business where she offers group and private lessons in a variety of media.  

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bsas-monthly-art-demonstration-focused-on-collage-multimedia/628150#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bsas-monthly-art-demonstration-focused-on-collage-multimedia/628150 Mar 8, 2023, 3:32pm Batavia Society of Artists BSA's monthly art demonstration focused on collage multimedia Press Release <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-02/karen_c._1.jpg?itok=L1JnBD1U" width="460" height="345" alt="karen_c._1.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Karen Crittenden on Tuesday, March 14, at Go-Art/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., in Batavia at 7 p.m.&nbsp; Karen will be demonstrating&nbsp;hands-on&nbsp;collage multimedia.&nbsp; all materials will be provided at no charge.&nbsp; Tavern 2.0.1. will be open for cash purchases.&nbsp; Non-members</p></blockquote>
BSA kicks off 2023 with 'Intuitive Painting' exhibit https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bsa-kicks-off-2023-with-intuitive-painting-exhibit/626995
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Press Release:

The Batavia Society of Artists are kicking off the New Year with a demonstration by artist David Burke on Tuesday February 7th at Go-Art!/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia at 7pm.  The Tavern 2.0.1. will be open for cash purchased that evening.  Membership for 2023 is open to all for $30 single, $50 couple, and $10 for student or Veteran.  Non-members welcome for a $5 fee.

Intuitive Painting With David F. Burke happens when you truly have no preconceived image in your head about how your finished artwork will look, and you just let your blank paper or canvas lead you each step of the way.

It’s an exciting way to paint because there are so many possibilities and ideas for every painting! It is liberating because there are no rules, there are no restraints, you just allow for each paint stroke or mark that you have made to speak to you about the next one.

You are completely freed up from needless self-analyzing or overly scrutinizing your work. And it can be very meditative and self-reflective as you explore all the possible combinations of color, value, shape, visual texture that show up through your own personal style of mark-making.

What you paint will be your very own intuitive style, generated from all that is within you…yet very much inspired by how you see the world.

About David: "I’ve been an artist all my life, but in the last 7 years I began painting full time, have participated in many art shows and done numerous murals around the area. I received a BFA from SUNY Brockport in 1999, he says.

"My artwork has been primarily inspired by nature, and my connection to the life of the earth and that greater Mystery beneath the manifest world. I love how the effects of light and shadow, color and composition evoke subtle emotions and unconscious memories. In the last couple years I began playing with Abstract Expressionism and Intuitive Painting. It’s very liberating!"

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Artist David Burke's works.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bsa-kicks-off-2023-with-intuitive-painting-exhibit/626995#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bsa-kicks-off-2023-with-intuitive-painting-exhibit/626995 Feb 3, 2023, 4:11pm Batavia Society of Artists BSA kicks off 2023 with 'Intuitive Painting' exhibit Press Release <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/david_burke_-_doodles.jpg?itok=EFwTCIJb" width="450" height="600" alt="david_burke_-_doodles.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press Release:</p> <blockquote> <p>The Batavia Society of Artists are kicking off the New Year with a demonstration by artist David Burke on Tuesday February 7th at Go-Art!/Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia at 7pm.&nbsp; The Tavern 2.0.1. will be open for cash purchased that evening.&nbsp; Membership for 2023 is open</p></blockquote>
Society of Artists opens winter show at Richmond Memorial Library https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/society-of-artists-opens-winter-show-at-richmond-memorial-library/624385
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Richard Ellingham won the "People's Choice Award" at the opening reception on Thusday for the Batavia Society of Artists annual Winter Show at the Richmond Memorial Library.

The show runs through Dec. 28.

Photos by Howard Owens

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/society-of-artists-opens-winter-show-at-richmond-memorial-library/624385#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/society-of-artists-opens-winter-show-at-richmond-memorial-library/624385 Dec 9, 2022, 10:46pm Batavia Society of Artists Society of Artists opens winter show at Richmond Memorial Library Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-11/img_4146bsa.jpg?itok=kidvz42C" width="460" height="313" alt="img_4146bsa.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Richard Ellingham won the "People's Choice Award" at the opening reception on Thusday for the Batavia Society of Artists annual Winter Show at the Richmond Memorial Library.</p> <p>The show runs through Dec. 28.</p> <p><em>Photos by Howard Owens</em></p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-11/img_4140bsa.jpg?itok=keR0WMYa" width="460" height="345" alt="img_4140bsa.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-11/img_4141bsa.jpg?itok=9H8F8MeD" width="460" height="345" alt="img_4141bsa.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-11/img_4142bsa.jpg?itok=Pp8pAJfJ" width="460" height="248" alt="img_4142bsa.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p>
BSA Winter Art Exhibit reception Dec. 8 https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/bsa-winter-art-exhibit-reception-dec-8/623343
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Press Release

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.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/bsa-winter-art-exhibit-reception-dec-8/623343#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/bsa-winter-art-exhibit-reception-dec-8/623343 Nov 29, 2022, 6:14pm Batavia Society of Artists BSA Winter Art Exhibit reception Dec. 8 jfbeck_99_272012 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/societyofartistswintershow2016-4.jpeg?itok=A12eU6FU" width="460" height="307" alt="societyofartistswintershow2016-4.jpeg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press Release</p> <blockquote> <p>Batavia Society of Artists is having its&nbsp;Winter Art Exhibit at the Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room for the month of December.&nbsp; All are welcome to the Free Opening Reception Thursday, Dec. 8&nbsp;from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with light refreshments.</p> <p>Every Winter Show we highlight one of our members.&nbsp;This</p></blockquote>