Before signing up to take a class, you want to see the teacher’s credentials, right?

The opening exhibit of 2011 in Yates Gallery is designed to do just that for you: five of YCAC’s teaching artists will be in the spotlight. By exhibiting their own works and offering free mini-workshops on Saturdays during the show, YCAC hopes to recruit interest in their classes.

Dick Kane, a popular Rochester artist, creates in several media. His watercolors, oils, and acrylics of regional landscapes will reflect his penchant for plein air painting.
He will be teaching a winter studio workshop at YCAC in six sessions, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 7 through March. He encourages potential artists to try their hands, while he also challenges the old timers to grow.

Sandi Cirillo is a Steuben County artist and teacher working in fibers. She uses various felting techniques to create semi-abstract pictures, landscapes, bowls, and other fiber pieces.

Robin Secrest teaches both adult and children s classes year round at YCAC.
The Creative Workshop space is always hung with her students drawing exercises, paintings, perspectives, color experiments.

She will begin an 8-week adult drawing class Feb. 1 exploring a variety of techniques, compositions and subjects. Working from still life, photos, and the imagination, basic principles such as line, shape, volume and perspective are discussed, but different creative approaches and expression are the main focus of the class. An after-school class for students also starts Feb. 1.

Roger Hyndman has been an artist in residence at YCAC s Sunny Point on Keuka Lake, teaching Solar Print-making. Roger is a practicing artist who is striving to find and record a balance between the natural environment and the human imprint upon it.
His recent work focuses on recording the harmony and balance that exists between the creative expressions of humans and the majestic forms and beauty of nature. He explores the use of environmentally-friendly materials and accepted conservation practices in his print-making.

Kathy Wheat leads a monthly Stamping workshop at YCAC, inspiring students to create original designs and using Stampin Up materials. A bridge between craft and art, polishing the design element brings out the artsy side of students.

The stamping group won’t meet in January, but resumes on Feb. 21, and is held the third Monday of each month all year. People are welcome to one evening to try it out, but most likely will return for more.

During the February-March exhibit, free mini- workshops will be offered by these artists on Saturdays. Check for more information.

Hunt Country Vineyards will be donating the wine for the reception, Sunday, Feb. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. Get a look at these instructors talents and sign up for a class while you’re there.