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September 15, 2017 - 9:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GO ART, batavia, news, arts, entertainment.


Wyoming County writer and photographer Barbara Knight was on hand Thursday night at GO ART! for an artist's reception featuring her photos of Ireland. Knight has worked for 25 years as a writer and photographer and she traveled to Ireland in April. The photos on display at GO ART! capture the beauty and grandeur of what she saw during her visit.

GO ART! also opened its latest member show, "Guilty Pleasure."


Alex Segouia, of Avon, with his painting, "Lust." 


Lydia Zwierzynski with "Dreams of Fortune." 


Top picture, "West of the Fields" by Kevin Hammon, and "The Fishing Shack" by Julie Lambert.

July 28, 2017 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GO ART, art, entertainment, news, notify.


For more than 100 years, there was a bar serving drinks at 201 E. Main St., Batavia, and GO ART! is looking forward to reopening the bar once the art council's application for a liquor license is approved.

"We're really excited because of our use of the old Batavia Men's Club," said Gregory A. Hallock, executive director of GO ART. "I can't wait till it's midnight and there are people walking on the street because the City applied for a DRI grant and they're hoping to get $10 million to do some arts and cultural stuff.

"So they're going to get that grant and people will be walking down the streets and they're coming here at 11:30 at night to get a glass of wine and walk around looking art. I'm really excited to have that happen."

Hallock made his announcement during GO ART's inaugural media dinner, with catering donated by Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, last night at Seymore Place.

The liquor license is just for beer and wine, but Hallock is working with an old friend, a bartender in Hawaii, to create cocktails that use beer and wine.

"We're actually going to have mixed drinks and we're going to have the bar open and we're putting in to open our back ally way," Hallock said. "It's going to be a beer garden so people can just hang out. It's just going to be incredible."

To start, the bar will just be open on weekend evenings.

Hallock's other big news of the night was an announcement of a planned showing for photographer Ryan Gustman. Hallcock discovered Gustman's working during the Sprout Film Festival and wanted to feature his work locally. Gustman has autism. He's from Winston-Salem, N.C. He also happened to be in town this week because he's doing a new series of photographs in Rochester and Buffalo.

Gustman specializes in art photos of old, decaying buildings (below, the video about him that was part of the Sprout Film Festival).

Through his discovery of photography and abandoned buildings, Gustman has found a way to focus and better manage his autism. Since then, he's been able to move out of his parents' home and take a job in IT with a company in Winston-Salem.

The process started when Gustman wandered into an abandoned building and sat for 30 or 40 minutes watching old lead paint fall from a ceiling like snow.

"There was this utter silence and I found out with the silence that I can actually calm down," Gustman said. "I'm not sure you understand how the autistic mindset works. There's always something clicking and everything --  that sounds a little crazy -- and normally and you can't basically focus. I was able to calm down and I took that feeling and I started taking pictures with it."

Hallock said he's hoping to draw wide attention for the show, bring in other autistic artists at the same time, and Gustman said he wants to use his newfound notoriety as a photographer to help other autistic artists.

"There's not enough programs or creative avenues for people with autism," Gustman said. There are plenty of classes you can go to for 30 minutes. But then there's nothing to show. So I'm trying to use this platform reaching out and actually helping these people."

That show should be in September.

Hallock also laid out a series of ambitious plans for the coming year, from a 1940s themed Picnic in the Park, more member shows, including one with theme of "Guilty Pleasures," a tea for children, a puppet show, a show by local artist Sean Madden (who has a regional following), and a return of the popular juried art show (which got 130 entries in its first year this year).

He's also very ambitious about what to do with Seymore Place. His goal is to get art on every wall.  

There are currently two shows at Seymore Place, one by Mary Ann Fritz, from Delavan, of her work of painted and sewn cloth, and Stacy Kirby's show of en plein air paintings and illustrations.


Mary Ann Fritz


Ryan Gustman

May 14, 2016 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in appraisal fair, GO ART, news, arts, Antiques.


Modeled after Antiques Roadshow, GO ART! hosted its second annual appraisal fair today at Seymore Place. Area residents were able to bring in the rare, the antique and the unique to have experts give their best estimate of the piece's value and quality.





June 28, 2013 - 5:43pm

GO ART! presents the 35th Annual PICNIC IN THE PARK • Thursday, July 4th, 2013 • Centennial Park, Batavia. Noon – 5 p.m.! A daylong celebration of art & music. Free Fun for the Whole Family!!! 

Main Stage -- 12 Noon
Batavia Concert Band. Always a crowd favorite, BCB performs Sousa-esque marches & Big Band numbers. 

1 p.m. -- The Town Pants. Irish traditional, folk and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy "West Coast Celtic."

2:30 p.m. -- Trio Los Arpegios. Traditional Latin American music in the typical trio style of close vocal harmonies with guitar accompaniment.

4 p.m. -- The BossTones. Strongly grounded in old-time & bluegrass traditions, this fiddle trio also incorporates jazz, swing, & Celtic influences.

Explore Art!
Families are invited to join us for a FREE CREATIVE ACTIVITY at the Explore Art! Tent...decorate paper flowerpots & create paper flowers to be delivered to area nursing homes & hospitals. Also, try your hand at decorating white paper bags to be used in delivery of Meals on Wheels to senior citizens. Materials provided! AmeriCorps volunteer Beth Ely will help kids & adults alike to be creative. Face Painting will be available, too!

Kiddie Parade -- New this year! Bring your bikes, scooters or strollers…decorations will be provided! Decorating begins at 11 a.m.; Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Ellicott Avenue.

Stage II
12:30 p.m.  & 2 p.m. -- The Traveling Dress Up Theatre. Family friendly dress up storytelling... Unique and great fun for kids of all ages!

1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. -- The Stringmen. A delightful mix of folk & participatory music for kids of all ages. Doug Yeomans & Judd Sunshine bring over 30 years of experience to young people across Western NY.

All Day in the Park

  • Juggling by Brian Kozody & Owen Gould
  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides & Petting Zoo by Hartland Carriages
  • Miniature Golf by My Cowboy
  • “Cookie Songwriting” by Geoffrey Clough
  • Food Vendors & Nonprofit Organizations
  • Air Gym & Inflatable Obstacle Course by YMCA
  • Wildlife Educators Coalition
  • Recycling by Genesee County ARC
  • The Jaycees famous dog and burger stand!
  • Arts & Crafts Show & Sale

For more information: 585-343-9313 / [email protected] / www.GOart.org / www.facebook.com/geneseeorleansarts. This event is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.

October 26, 2012 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GO ART.

GO ART! continues its new workshop series “Embracing Innovation: The Business of the Arts” with a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 14, by Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise.

The approximately two-hour workshop is titled "Fundraising and Development for the Local Organization."

It will begin at 9 a.m. at GO ART!, 201 E. Main St. in Downtown Batavia. Light refreshments will be available.

Peterson will share the knowledge he has gained through his various fundraising and development experiences. He will describe strategies that will be useful for “small-town” organizations and those starting out at the grassroots level.

A certified fund-raising executive (CFRE) since 1992, Peterson has an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several first-class nonprofit organizations totaling more than $120 million.

This workshop is free for GO ART! members. There is a nominal fee for non-members or organizations wishing to attend: $10/individual or $20/organization (up to three attending).

You may pay over the phone, online, or at the door, but advance reservations are required by calling (585) 343-9313 or email [email protected].

For more information on the workshop series and future workshops in the series, please visit www.GOart.org

July 29, 2011 - 4:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in GO ART.

The fourth annual "Artist Road Show" will be held in Genesee County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. (In Orleans County, the event is on Aug. 27.)

Previously called the "Open Studio Tour," it will feature an art trail wherein participants will visit a number of sites to see the work of photographers, painters, sculptors and more — all free. See where art happens!

The Artist Road Show is envisioned to provide an exciting opportunity to raise awareness of art and culture in our region, and to view, purchase or order local artists’ and artisans’ work, as well as to contribute to local tourism.

Some locations will also have music and food available. Maps of participating sites and artists will be available at each site and at GO ART! the week prior to the event. Information is also available online at www.GOart.org.

The 2011 Artist Road Show is sponsored by The Bank of Castile with some additional funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Any artist interested in participating may contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313 or [email protected]. Also, for general information on the event, please contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313 or email [email protected].

January 19, 2010 - 7:29am
posted by Joseph Langen in volunteer, GO ART, Americorps.

(New Orleans Tugboat)

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.~Tom Brokaw

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Gook morning Joe. You've been making yourself scarce lately.
JOE: I can't deny it. My life is suddenly awhirl.
CALLIOPE: What did you do yesterday?
JOE: I started by taking my car for an oil change so it doesn't grind to a halt. I watched a movie. Then I went with Carol to cash in on a Christmas gift, Restorative Message for Two. Finally I represented GO ART! at the Volunteer Fair put on by AmeriCorps.
CALLIOPE: I thought I might hear from you later yesterday.
JOE: I thought you might too, but alas I ran out of energy.
CALLIOPE: At least you are keeping busy. How was the Fair?
JOE: Great. I got to know a few of my fellow AmeriCorps volunteers better as well as meeting some old friends and representatives from community services and agencies.
CALLIOPE: Sounds exciting.
JOE: It is exciting. I'm glad to taking more of an active part in the community.
CALLIOPE: Back to GO ART today?
JOE: Yes. I'm ready for more adventures.


July 10, 2009 - 4:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, arts, genesee county, GO ART.

Kelly Kiebala is the new executive director for Go Art!.

She replaces Linda Blanchet, who retires at the end of the month.

Most recently, Kiebala is executive director of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, and previously she spent nine years as program director for Go Art!

(Originally reported by WBTA.)

(Note: This almost seems like a trade -- We give Orleans County Pat Weissend (who is becoming branch manager for Bank of Castile in Medina), and Orleans gives back to Genesee County with Kiebala.)

July 10, 2009 - 2:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, photography, GO ART, Darrick Coleman.

Darrick Coleman, a Le Roy resident who often shares his photos on The Batavian, has some of his work on display at the Shirt Factory Cafe in Medina now through Aug. 31.

There is an opening reception July 18 at 6 p.m.

The show portrays "the beauty that can be found in many backyards in Western New York through all four seasons, but in particular Mr. Coleman's backyard," according to the press release.

The exhibit, titled "Out of Doors," is sponsored by The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

The Shirt Factory is located at 115 W. Center Street, Medina.

September 19, 2008 - 3:19pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in GO ART.

Anyone heading to the opening reception for A Soldier's Anthology tonight will recognize much that unites the two artists: in their medium (polaroid manipulations), in their themes (reinterpreting the past), and in their subject matter (war). Yet what electrifies the artworks and makes them so much more than what any war photos hung on a wall could hope to be is their difference. In their opposition not their unity, the works speak what is most important about themselves.

Artist Karen Reisdorf grew up understanding that you did not talk about the war. Her father did not tell stories about his time in Vietnam. Her grandmother did not talk about it. Wartime photographs, letters, medals and memorabilia were sequestered in a box in the attic, where all such discussion, too, seemed shuttered in the dark. Its contents were not known, aside from a fleeting childhood glimpse, until last year. That discovery was—and it should not be hard to comprehend—a revelation.

"In a way," says Karen, "it was like bringing back this old wound."

One year after that revelation, several of those photos and the content of those letters have been transformed by the daughter who had longed to not only know her father's story but to share it. (In a video we produced last month, you can see how Karen went about transferring the images onto glass plates to produce the light boxes on display at the exhibit.)

Her father, Anthony J. Reisdorf, was 19 years old when he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in October, 1966. He fought in the Tet Offensive as part of the Lightning Bolt 4th Battalion, based out of Tay Ninh. He was shot and wounded on December 13, 1967. He wrote a letter home detailing the path of the bullet, which pierced his back and his gear, including several packets of Kool-Aid. Upon returning to the United States in October 1968, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He never spoke of any of it. He was no hero, he insisted, for walking through enemy fire with a comrade-in-arms slung over his shoulder. Anyone else would have done it, and far more did more, he would say. Such abnegation was never enough to shake a daughter's faith in the heroism of her father.

Karen resituates his history in Vietnam, transposing images—photographs of her father in the Vietnamese jungle, the bullet that pierced his flesh, the letters he wrote home to his family—and in this way telling the stories she was never told by piecing together fragments of forgotten experience. Karen calls the light boxes "spaces of time captured in a moment." As such, they are beyond time. They are mythic, sacred as well as profane. They are an homage. No photographs of the light boxes can reproduce their illumined fragility—each one a testament to how profound and everlasting a fleeting moment can become. So you will not see any photographs of them on the site. You will simply have to go to the show.

Opposite Karen's light boxes, Becky LeFevre has displayed a series of thirteen works of polaroid transfers made of her grandfather's photos taken during World War II. One of these is comprised of a single image. It depicts a pair of hands, grizzled with age, thumbing through a stack of photographs. Hands and photographs both belong to Becky's grandfather, Stephen J. Novak, now 96 years old. He is perusing and likely reminiscing.

That image is enough to signal the profound difference between the stories of the two men—father and grandfather—and the works of the two artists. I'll say it again, it is through their opposition that these disparate works are transformed into a whole that is volatilized through its differences. This is why we can speak of this as one exhibit and not two. Set as they are side by side, literally facing each other across a room, the two halves force a dialogue that says what neither could say on its own.

Becky can relate the circumstance and often even name the individuals that appear in the photographs taken by her grandfather. Each can tell a story in full relief with a concrete past, present and future. We can follow its inhabitants through the vicissitudes of their personal histories. On the other hand, Karen tells us that her father, when shown his photographs from Vietnam, could not or would not begin to relate their details. The particulars are mired in obscurity, a darkness forced upon them through repression. They are not what could be remembered. They are what had to be forgot.

In heartfelt sincerity, Becky's grandfather has told his family that the war was the best time of his life, however much that may have perplexed them. Stephen J. Novak enlisted in the military on May 9, 1942, because... well... because all of his friends were in the war. That's pretty much how he explains it, says Becky. He was 30 years old, and so intent on becoming a soldier at all costs that he persisted despite rejections by several branches of the military, until he was accepted by the Army. He was sent to the south Pacific with the 90th Bombardment Group—the "best damned heavy bomb group in the world," they were later dubbed—as an aerial photographer and gunner. He sent photographs and stories back home to his reporter friends in New Jersey detailing his visits with the natives—he was sure they were cannibals—in New Guinea or relating whatever other adventure he found in Australia or the Philippines.

Becky poured through boxes of thousands of such photographs and chose about a dozen to serve as the raw material for the exhibit. She discovered in the process of making the polaroid transfers a symbolic act that mirrored the transfer of the photographs through the generations.

"I wanted to do something to make it more personal to me, something that I created," she says. "I wanted to create images based on his work. It's my version of his story, not so much the stories themselves."

As for her grandfather's statement that the war was the best time of his life, she understands that as meaning "the most impactful," she says.

"It was the best not because it was the most enjoyable, but because it was the most meaningful."

Meaning is what this show is all about. Whatever else they are, these images are concretions of meaning: several senses sedimented and folded into what Karen calls spaces of time. Through juxtaposition and through the manipulation and deconstruction of the image, meanings are birthed multiple. Each image was once a photograph—of something, of someone. Something was once there that became something else, something different, someone else's space of time. There are so many eyes caught in the glass, where we can never forget that the image, too, is caught. Eyes looking out, eyes looking in and through, eyes looking back, shaping each image—too many eyes for any image not to vibrate with the lives and histories and interpretations read into every gesture and landscape.

Sam Beckett once wrote: "The only fertile research is excavatory, immersive, a contraction of the spirit, a descent. The artist is active, but negatively ... drawn in to the core of the eddy."

We can only ever hope to be drawn into the core of the eddy, where everyone else was already drawn before us, where they await us. Thank you, Karen and Becky, for drawing us in.

Artists Becky LeFevre and Karen Reisdorf welcome the public to the opening reception of their exhibit, A Soldier's Anthology: Family Images from WWII and Vietnam, tonight. Folks are encouraged to come by, meet the artists, scope the works and munch hors d'oeuvres from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the GO ART! cultural center at the corner of East Main and Bank streets.

September 15, 2008 - 12:29pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Daily News, GO ART.

An old brick building on Main Street will get a much needed facelift and interior restoration, according to the Daily News. Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council's Cultural Center in Batavia has long been in need of renovation, and now the group has all the funds they need to finish the project.

Dick and Kathy Seymour were honored at a dinner over the weekend as having made the donation that tipped the scales. The Cultural Center will be renamed in their honor, becoming Seymour Place once the work is finished.

The Cultural Center is undergoing exterior work right now.

The Daily News today includes coverage of the Muckdogs championship victory Sunday night and the wind storm that swept through the region in the early morning hours. Both stories were included on The Batavian this morning.

The Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K will be relocated  to Elba this Saturday and again in 2009 due to the road construction along Wlanut Street in Batavia. Participants can check in at 8:30am Saturday and get ready to race at 10:00am.

From the article (no author listed):

This event raises money for disability services and helps fund the Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship. Graney was a dedicated parent, a long-time supporter of Genesee ARC, and a strong advocate for persons with developmental disabilities.

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