'Seeing the Light' exhibit opens at Arts Center

Arts Center of Yates County
"Lake Cows" by Barbara Blumer.
"Entrance to Sonnenberg Rock Garden" By Barbara Doyle.

PENN YAN -- With the advent of spring, days are getting longer and flowers, animals and area residents (and visitors) are responding to the warmth and promise of that additional light.  The promise and potential of that illumination is the focus of the Arts Center of Yates County's “Seeing the Light” exhibit, which opens May 27 in the Flick Gallery.  Featuring the art of Barbara Doyle and Barbara Blumer, the exhibit celebrates the effects of light in painting in a variety of mediums.

Barb Doyle

Barbara Doyle is a Rushville resident whose has been an exhibiting member at the Arts Center and a member of the Penn Yan Art Guild for decades. 

“Painting the effects of light on the landscape is one of my favorite things,” says Doyle. “I work from photos or plein air, from sky to water and everything in between.”

Doyle began by painting in in watercolor, then moved to pastels, then oils  and now has come full circle to concentrating on watercolors once again.

“At one time watercolor seemed limiting,” says Doyle. “Now it is full of possibilities and fulfills my need to explore its versatility.”

Barbara  Blumer

Barbara  Blumer has 45 years of experience in business and art including an art history degree from Brown University.  She has lived in Corning and on Keuka Lake for over 35 years, originally moving here for a marketing job in Corning Consumer Products. She thought she’d stay in that job for only two years but, like so many others, she fell in love with the people and place and stayed on, segueing to a creative career pursuing her art, including opening a studio on Market Street in Corning. Blumer says she “recreates experiences” in her work.

“I’m inspired by color and the challenge of making art that is believable,” she says.  “There’s magic in painting colors and shapes on canvas to form images that others respond to.” Blumer’s interests include painting, storytelling, and genealogy.

“Seeing the Light” opens May 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a free reception, open to the public. Come and meet Barbara Doyle, Barbara Blumer, and many of the other talented artists whose work will be on display in this exhibit. “Seeing the Light” runs from May 27 to July 4.

For more information, contact the Arts Center at 315-536-8226.

If you go

Who: Arts Center of Yates County

What:Seeing the Light exhibit featuring Barbara Doyle and Barbara Blumer

Where: 127 Main St., Penn Yan

When: Opening Friday, May 27, 5-7 p.m., running through July 3