Yates Arts Center exhibit Cabin Fever opens Feb. 8

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Foxchase Farm in Winter by John Slivjak

The Arts Center of Yates County’s first exhibit of 2015 features the work of three of the Arts Center’s artists in residence over the past three years, and runs from Feb. 8 to March 16.

For the last four years, the Arts Center has offered the opportunity for artists from around the country to spend 10 days “in residence” at its lakeside facility, Sunny Point. “Cabin Fever” features the work of three painters who found their time at the Sunny Point cottage to be inspirational.

Mary J. Arthur was the Arts Center’s first artist-in-residence in 2011. Working mostly in oils, Mary taught life drawing, anatomy, portraiture and painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, St. John’s College, and Anne Arundel Community College for many years before relocating to the mid-west. Her 20+ year career as an artist and educator has centered around the figure, still life, and landscape painting. Her work is published in New American Paintings as well as The Artist’s Magazine and she exhibits nationally and internationally.

Ruth Connell was an Arts Center artist in residence in 2012. Ruth studied art and art history at Vassar College, and became a registered architect following graduate studies in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Painting mostly in oils, Ruth likes both studio and plein air painting. She is also a printmaker, working with lithography. Her focus is on the landscape and the process of abstraction. Ruth says, “My visual thinking is centered in the landscape. I am intensely connected to specific places through my life experience; I am the traveler who decides to return again and again to the same location.”

John Slivjak’s 10 days on Keuka Lake last summer was his first trip to the area. Working primarily in oils and focusing on plein air landscapes, John has a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Indiana University. He exhibits his work in regional shows. His oil painting, “Beach Figures.” won third place in the PleinAir Salon’s 2013 June/July contest. When not in his studio, John is inspiring students as a middle school art teacher.

The Cabin Fever exhibit will also include a variety of work by many of the Arts Center’s 100+ member artists. The exhibit opening is Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. and will feature live music by harpist Trudy Moon, homemade hors d’oeuvres, and wine tasting provided by Seneca Shore Wine Cellars. The exhibit opening is free, and all are welcome.