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Independent Living & University Heights Arts Association announces second series of exhibitions of artists with disabilities in the Genesee Region

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The second ARTiculations Ability Exhibition — a forum for artists with disabilities in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties to display their work publicly — will open at Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) in Batavia on September 5th. Titled “Faces and Places”, it features the work of two artists: Gary Appis, whose paintings depict rural landscapes and farm scenes; and Timothy Logston, whose detailed graphite portraits feature celebrities as well as the artist’s family members.

A product of a partnership between ILGR and the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), the Exhibit will be on display through December 3rd. The opening reception is on Friday, September 8th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at ILGR’s office, 113 Main Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

Other artists with disabilities residing in the Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming County areas are encouraged to submit their work to this juried competition, as there will be additional ARTiculations planned quarterly exhibits in the future.

For over a year, ILGR has been “art partnering” for people with disabilities with the UHAA, a group of artists in North Buffalo with a commitment to community that places art in businesses and nonprofits through an established ARTpartnering program. The organizers are pleased to note that the ARTiculations Ability Exhibitions has “mapped” into UHAA’s system by placing a plaque with a Quick Response (QR) code scatter bar graph that can bring up information about it when scanned by your smart phone.

For questions on the event, please call Emily Dale at (585) 815-8501, ext. 400.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Starlight Summer Group Show: Inaugural Eleven Twenty Projects Exhibition

 

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Starlight Summer Group Show
Inaugural Eleven Twenty Projects Exhibition
Opening Reception Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6-9pm
On View August 3 – September 2, 2017
Exhibition Hours: Friday – Saturday 11am-4pm or by appointment
Eleven Twenty Projects: 1120 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209

Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to announce a new partnership with Starlight Studio & Art Gallery. This collaborative effort will showcase Starlight’s numerous talented artists both in exhibitions at the Main Street gallery as well as in online exclusive shows on artsy.net.

Starlight is a cooperative environment that supports adults with disabilities in their artistic development. Through technical assistance by professional artists and opportunities for representation, the Starlight artists hone their artistic interests; become stronger advocates, and better-integrated citizens.

In collaborating with Starlight, Eleven Twenty Projects seeks to help shed the overused categorization “Outsider Art”. Renowned art critic Jerry Saltz once wrote about this exact problem in a 2013 issue of Vulture, stating that “Millions of viewers and thousands of nascent artists are being denied the chance to see some of the best work made in the last 100 years simply because it was once decided that to be an artist meant having had preapproved training”. To move away from this historical practice, one of the goals of this affiliation is to broaden the audience for Starlight artists.

Upon visiting Starlight, one is immediately struck by the expressive, emotional work being made in all varieties of media. The nurturing environment provided by the teaching artists clearly sparks inspiration in the Starlight artists to create beautiful pieces of artwork. Carrie Marcotte, Starlight’s Director, is optimistic about this partnership and the new opportunities it would bring for the Starlight artists. In her words, “The work is being interpreted by someone who has not been so close to the process, which makes for interesting results. The prospect of this upcoming exhibition and ongoing relationship injects the artists at Starlight with a new bit of inspiration and enthusiasm”.

The Starlight Summer Group Show marks the launch of the collaboration, with works by many artists including; Ray Barret, John Budney, Saeed Dubaishi, Janet Harrison, Eric Johnson, Sonya Lewis, Chace Lobley, John Montedoro, Larell Potter, Jeremy Pratt, John Price, Ronald Steele, and Josh Wagner.

There will be a closing reception Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm.

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With dark clouds on the horizon for continued federal support, Mental Health PEER Connection to hold Kite Festival for Mental Health

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In the prior Affordable Care Act that Congress is working to repeal and replace, mental health services was one of ten Essential Health Benefits, similar to maternity care and prescription drugs, that Health Insurance plans were mandated to cover. In the alternate laws proposed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, mental health coverage is, at best, left as an option to which the cash-strapped states must determine if they are willing to dedicate some of their limited funds.

Under the theme “Celebrate Mental Health…while we still got it”, Mental Health Peer Connection (MHPC) is offering a ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak forecast by inviting the public to a “Kite Festival Celebrating Mental Health”, including free hot dogs – for which no government funds will be expended. The activity is to take place from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday September 16, 2017, at Gratwick Riverside Park on River Road, northwest of Ward Road in North Tonawanda.

Intending it as a fun activity for the whole family, in addition to the hot dogs, the organizers invite participants to bring a dish of food to pass. Attendees are encouraged to supply their own kites, or, standard basic kites will be available. More information is available by calling Shannon at (716) 836-0822, extension 170.

MHPC Director Maura Kelley said, “In light of the lack of importance accorded to mental health services by both houses of Congress, they are, in essence, telling citizens with mental illnesses that they ‘might as well just go and fly a kite’! We are putting an upbeat interpretation on the idea by holding a Kite Festival in which members of the public have the opportunity to meet individuals with mental health concerns and learn how much like them that our populace is.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states on their webpage “Mental Health Myths and Facts”, that “Mental Health problems are actually very common. In 2014, about one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue.” They add, “Many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.”

Mental Health PEER Connection is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Starlight Studio & Art Gallery Presents: The Bold and The Beautiful

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TONIGHT
Art Exhibit featuring Andy Calderon from Starlight
with James Marino and Benjamin Brauen Jr. from Autism Services Inc.

Also Exhibited: Debbie Medwin, Jeremy Pratt, and Ron Steele

Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
6-9pm

Food for purchase by Kiosko Latino

On-View through September 1st, 2017

About the Art:

Though the subject matter has shifted over the years, Andy Calderon’s work finds continuity in flamboyant color. What might be, in a more straightforward depiction, subdued and dull is substituted with stronger, more essential hues. And as his color choices avoid digression, so do his compositions. Spatial development is restricted so that the subjects of the works are seemingly lined up for the viewer, presented more as items laid out for taking inventory than as a scene with fore-, middle-, and backgrounds. For this exhibition, Andy will be showing two exuberant portraits and a small series of plant and foliage drawings.

James Marino’s color choices are notably more restrained than Calderon’s, opting typically for a few colors hovering around a green/blue palette. The contour line work is looser, as if only marginally obligated to the image. He returns to common themes of glamorous culture and cars on one hand and notable civic or natural monuments on the other, as evidenced in this show by his paintings of Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, and of a beaming high-society type posing with a classic car.

Benjamin Braun’s Jr. work goes between image and abstraction, but each is handled with similar patchwork structures. In the abstractions, this patchwork quality plays out in the classic push/pull sense as outlined by Hans Hoffman: each block of tone and color readjusting the compositional balance of the piece. The shapes are amorphous and the borders imperfect, making the math of the painting more complicated. As figurative work, that patchwork overlooks smaller details and instead develops mass. The patches reluctantly abide by the image, scantily defining form while seemingly trying to break from it and head back toward abstraction.

Independent Living & University Heights Arts Association announces exhibition of artists with disabilities in the Genesee Region

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The first ARTiculations Ability Exhibition will open at the Independent Living Center in Batavia on June 6th. The ARTiculations Ability Exhibit is a forum for artists with disabilities in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties to display their work publicly. The title of the first exhibition is “Painted Horse”, featuring the work of Peter Langen. Peter is a sculptor, illustrator and painter who has been painting since 1995. His work has been exhibited throughout Western New York. This solo show will include 10 acrylic paintings of wild animals in their natural setting.

This exhibit is a product of a partnership between Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) and University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), the ARTiculations Ability Exhibit will be on display June 6th thru September 3rd. The opening reception is on Saturday, June 10th at 10 AM at ILGR’s 113 Main Street, Suite 5 office in Batavia.

Artists with disabilities residing the Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming County areas are encouraged to submit their work to this juried competition. ARTiculations is an ongoing exhibition opportunity, with planned quarterly exhibits.

For over a year, ILGR has been “art partnering” for people with disabilities with the UHAA, a group of artists in North Buffalo with a commitment to community that places art in businesses and nonprofits through an established Art Partnering program. The organizers are pleased to note that the ARTiculations Ability Exhibitions has “mapped” into UHAA’s system by placing a plaque with a Quick Response (QR) code scatter bar graph that can bring up information about it when scanned by your smart phone.

For questions on the event, please call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Thing Much Any Great: Opening Reception for Bobby Griffiths & Ray Barret

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Starlight Studios and Art Gallery

Main Gallery

TONIGHT
Friday, January 27th, 2017
6-9pm
Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
340 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo NY 14202

Four other artists will also be exhibited this evening:
The Blue Sink Cafe:
John Price

The Hallway:
John Budney, Chace Lobley, & Larell Potter

Make sure to look for more information on upcoming events and exhibits in all THREE of our exhibit spaces!

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