Local artists' works on display until October 7

The Penn Yan Art Guild staged the opening of its annual exhibit of local artists’ work Friday, Sept. 8, which will be on display through Oct. 7.

The PYAG was founded in 1962 to improve skills and get local people interested in the arts. One of their goals was to establish a gallery where members could have a permanent place to work and leave their equipment, which was the impetus for the Arts Center of Yates County and the fulfillment of their dream. Guild members have been very active in the ACYC’s development over the years. The 16 original members of the PYAG have grown to nearly 50 artists.

One of those members, Charlie Northrup, is remebered in the exhibit as a well-loved and respected painter, and one of the most popular stops on the ACYC’s Studio Tours. Kris Pearson, ACYC’s executive director says, “Charlie painted in his studio shed behind his North Main Street home, concentrating on landscapes, local landmarks, and people going about their daily lives. Several of his works are permanently displayed in the Yates County Office Building.” Pearson recalls, “He was a quiet man who loved to paint, despite crippling arthritis in his later years.  He also loved playing the huge theater organ he had in his studio.”

Northrup, 93, died July 8 after a brief illness. He was a veteran of World War II and a recipient of the bronze star medal. After his retirement from Delco Products in Rochester, Charlie moved to Penn Yan with his wife, Bette, living and working here for over 30 years.