GO ART! members embrace snow for annual show

Dec 3, 2015

BATAVIA — While weather forecasters are predicting a greener winter than usual, die-hard fans of the white stuff can get their fill at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council’s annual holiday art show.

“Winter Moments,” opens at the GO ART! satellite gallery in the Batavia Senior Center on Friday with a reception as part of the Christmas in the City celebration in downtown Batavia. Visitors can stop in the Bank Street gallery between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to view work by various artists with a winter theme.

The show features the work of 7 local artists rendered in acrylics and watercolor, as well as digital images. With titles like “First Snowfall,” “Ice on Branch,” and “Snow Hill, Big-Horned Sheep,” there’s no mistaking that this exhibit is “perfect for the season,” according to Jen Gray, interim director of the arts council.

An additional exhibit featuring about 30 works by local artist Denniston K. Wood will be hung in the group’s Main Gallery. Wood, who passed away recently, was an active member of the Batavia Society of Artists.

“Dennis’s show is a stand-alone show in essence, while serving as an extension of our Winter Show,” Gray said.

A well-known local artist, the as-yet-untitled show is an homage to Wood’s life’s work.

“This is more than just an exhibit of paintings, as it highlights Dennis’s work as a designer, teacher, and arts advocate,” Gray said. “We’ll have a lot of memorabilia on display, so the exhibit is more like a visual timeline of everything he’s been a part of.” A separate reception for Wood’s show will be scheduled later in December.

“Winter Moments” is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Batavia Senior Center, 2 Bank St. The work of Denniston K. Wood can be viewed during regular hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at GO ART, 201 E. Main St. For additional information, call (585) 343-9313, or visit www.goart.org.