The colors and activities of summer take center stage for the Arts Center’s July exhibit, featuring the work of Michele Izzo and Caryl Flickinger. The new exhibit formally opens Friday, July 13 at 5 p.m. in the Arts Center’s Flick Gallery. Visitors will be treated to some of the best art in the Finger Lakes, with striking landscapes, intimate studies, and art that celebrates summer activities.

Michele Izzo began her artistic journey studying at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. A resident of Cortlandt Manor, Michele is a graphic designer who has pursued her love of painting, particularly in watercolors. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and her work has been exhibited throughout the country. A passionate cycler and swimmer, Michele is in her element painting outside and often paints around New York State’s Hudson Valley, as well as on beaches in Delaware.

“I prefer to concentrate on design, shapes, and a three-value approach, rather than reporting a  location exactly. Making a photographic rendering is not my goal. Rather, I try to improve and simplify, leaving out unwanted elements.”

Michele will be sharing her on-location painting techniques in a class she’s teaching for the Arts Center during her time as an artist-in-residence at the Arts Center’s Sunny Point facility during the first two weeks of July.

Caryl Flickinger is the Arts Center’s 2018 Artist of the Year. A dedicated volunteer and supporter of the arts, Caryl says “I have always loved to draw. I was the kid who spent every extra moment in high school in the art room with the other kids who loved art.”

Caryl briefly taught elementary art and then concentrated on raising her family in Ohio and Corning. When Caryl’s husband, Bob, retired they moved to Keuka Lake full time, and Caryl rekindled her love of painting, finding she was drawn to oils.

“I don’t have any particular deep philosophical reason for painting what I do, I just love color, and light, and want to share my view of the beautiful things we have around us every day and mostly take for granted.”

Michele and Caryl’s work, along with a variety of pieces from many of the Arts Center’s exhibiting artists, will be on display from July 10 through Aug. 20. Stop by and meet Caryl, Michele, and others at the exhibit opening July 13, enjoy some homemade hors d’oeuvres, and taste some of Rooster Hill’s fine wines. The opening is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Arts Center at 315-536-8226 or visit our website at www.artscenteryatescounty.org.