As winter morphs to spring, the Arts Center of Yates County features two Rochester artists whose careers as graphic designers have morphed into fine art painters in an exhibit entitled “Between the Seasons,” opening Friday, March 22 at the Arts Center of Yates County.

Laura Wilder found her work as a graphic designer and commercial illustrator rather unsatisfying. Discovering the designs and philosophy of the American Arts and Crafts movement, historically centered at the Roycroft in East Aurora, she was inspired to learn printmaking. Embracing the craftsmanship of creating vintage-style carving and color layered printings on an antique, hand-cranked letterpress, Laura has become a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan.  

In addition to being an award-winning artist, she is a distant cousin of the husband of the beloved Little House on the Prairie author, Laura Ingalls Wilder.  To find out more about Laura’s process, check out her blog at www.laurawilder.com.

Kathy Armstrong has spent most of her adult life working as a graphic designer as part of a husband-and-wife team communications firm in the mid-west.  After dabbling in fine art for years, she began painting in watercolor in earnest after her second child was born.

Kathy is largely self-taught, although she did work with Colorado painter Julia Jordan in developing her watercolor techniques over several decades. Her driving force is trying to capture the “light (that) touches the world and immediately brings it to life.”  To learn more about Kathy and her work, visit www.kathyarmstrongfineart.com.

In addition to Laura and Kathy’s art, the exhibit will include work from many of the Arts Center’s juried artists, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and more.  

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Arts Center 127 Main St. in Penn Yan. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a tasting of some of Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Brewery’s craft ales. Musician Barbara Anderson will provide live music at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Between the Seasons runs from March 18 through April 27. The Arts Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Arts Center at 315-536-8226.