'Emerging Spring' exhibit to open April 1

Arts Center of Yates County
"Endless Rhythm," by  Denise Rizzo

PENN YAN — Here in western New York, even the mildest of winters seem to drag on as if reluctant to let go, until, at last, the sun begins to make more frequent appearances, days become longer and suddenly, with a burst of energy and color, spring arrives.

This always welcome change of seasons is being celebrated with a new exhibit at the Arts Center of Yates County entitled "Emerging Spring."  Featuring works by Webster painters Virginia Braun and Denise Rizzo, the exhibit will also include works from other area artists that reflect the vibrancy of spring in the Finger Lakes.

"Touchdown," by Virginia Braun

Virginia Braun is a native of upstate New York and has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from SUNY Potsdam. A long-time Arts Center exhibiting artist, she is known for her “fantasy illusion dreamscapes,” usually painted using a “wet on wet” watercolor technique. She often tries to capture the essence of local scenery in her paintings. 

"Keuka Vineyard," by Virginia Braun

“Every painting is a walk in the woods with me,“ she says.

Braun is a signature member of the Rochester Art Club and an associate member of the National Watercolor Society.

Denise Rizzo is also a native of upstate New York and received a Bachelor’s of Art from SUNY Oswego before continuing her education at the University of Rochester and spending 30 years as a school counselor. Since her retirement, she has been able to concentrate on her love of art, working in pastel, watercolor and glass mosaic. Rizzo is known for her landscape and wildlife painting. She’s inspired by nature and is an avid bird-watcher with a long “life list.”

"Heron," by Denise Rizzo

“I delight in capturing a certain light or the delicacy of a scene. My interest in photography helped me to capture the detail in the things around me," says Rizzo. "It helped me to see differently.”

Rizzo is an active member of the Pastel Society of Western New York as well as an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of New York. Her work can be seen in numerous shows throughout the region and into the Adirondacks.

Take a few minutes to bask in the promise of spring at the Arts Center’s Emerging Spring exhibit. Stop by and meet the artists at the exhibit opening on Friday, April 1 from 5-7 p.m. That event is free and open to the public. Emerging Spring will be on display until May 7.

The Arts Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and, on “First Fridays” until 7 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are appreciated.

For more information, contact the Arts Center at 315-536-8226 or artscenteryates@gmail.com.