Trade the gray skies and biting frost of January for the warmth and sparkle of the Winter Interlude Art Exhibit at the Yates County Arts Center.

Beginning Jan. 2, 2018, the Center ushers in the new year by spotlighting the distinctive talents of four featured regional artists whose vision and style showcase the best in painting, jewelry making, photography, and basket weaving.

Painter Kent Salisbury is a long- time friend of the center and a favorite contributing artist to the Arts Center exhibits and events. In addition to working with paint, which he says is “slow and messy,” he also creates through computer graphics, which he lauds as “quick and precise.” His mixed media works are full of humor and whimsy and beautifully express his appreciation of people around him, their lives and the places they live.

The unique jewelry designs of Janis Long create one-of-a-kind pieces of art from sterling silver, copper wire and the jewel tones of semi-precious stones. The beauty of each piece is enhanced by her precise attention to texture, luster, and detail. She often teaches classes in jewelry design and creation at the center, offering students an enjoyable outlet for their imagination and creativity to soar.

Bruce Bozeman’s passion for nature and the little details of our every-day world speaks clearly of the beauty he captures through his photography. He says, “life happened… other interests besides photography intervened… and then with the advent of the digital medium, my interest was piqued again.” His photographs, illuminated with light and color, elicit magic from objects such as an ordinary old, rusty truck filled with berry crates to a weathered and abandoned boat on a quiet Caribbean beach.

Function and fancy are woven into each basket created by master weaver Joan Belles, who doesn’t think twice about calling herself, “a genuine basket case.” For the past 18 years, Joan has taught classes and workshops in basket weaving across the United States, Canada, and Mexico as well. Creating small baskets, tall baskets, tote baskets and wall baskets, she “loves the challenge of creating with a variety of natural materials.”

The holidays may be over, but there’s still plenty to celebrate at the Arts Center. Come on in and experience for yourself the beauty of each piece by these talented featured artists and many more.

The Arts Center of Yates County is located at 127 Main St., Penn Yan. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more visit