February won’t last forever, that’s a promise. But if you need a break from the cold and gloom, stop by the Arts Center and check out the talents and vision of four regional artists. The Winter Interlude Exhibit continues through Feb. 26, and creativity takes center stage, spotlighting various styles and mediums including oils, watercolors, collage and pottery.

Fran Bliek’s watercolor and oil paintings embody her love of flowers, plants and “other treasures that are hidden in nature.” A long-time participant in and supporter of the Arts Center, Fran often teaches art classes during the spring and summer. You can also see her paintings displayed at various wineries throughout the Finger Lakes area.

The fanciful paintings, doodlings, and collages created by Char DiGennaro exemplify her signature claim that “if you aren’t having fun with your art, you aren’t doing it right.” Her work includes a variety of materials such as torn, textured and painted paper, paints, and stained tissue paper, all of which clearly echo her philosophy of fun and “anything is possible.

Full time potters in Branchport since 1972, Eric and Barbara Havill live and work at their Branchport farm overlooking Keuka Lake. Their stoneware and ceramic dinnerware pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe and designed to be used every day. Everything from individual mugs to dinner sets, including Japanese inspired noodle bowls, are flawlessly painted in vibrant reds, greens, and blues. Decorated with hand brushed birds, flowers, grapes, and sailboats, each item skillfully exemplifies a distinct feature of the Finger Lakes region.

A past president of the Arts Center board of directors, Bonnie Barney has been honored by the Center as both the Artist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. She began painting when her husband hired Mona Trezise to give her art lessons while she recuperated from surgery.  Though Bonnie has painted scenes from around the world, she is best known for her inspired watercolors of life and landscapes, capturing the unique beauty in the Finger Lakes.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the world of imagination and color at the Arts Center in Penn Yan.

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 2 p.m. Saturdays. For details contact the Center at 315-536-8226, visit www.artscenter@ycac.org or like us on Facebook.

If you go

What: Close to Home exhibit

When: M-F 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where: Arts Center of Yates County, 127 Main St., Penn Yan