Art in Albany

Local artists have received the opportunity to display their work in the state capitol.

For the fourth consecutive year, Assemblyman Andy Goodell is transporting local art to Albany to exhibit in the Legislative Office Building.

In the past, Goodell, R-Jamestown, has displayed artwork from Aspire, The Resource Center and CASA. This year, he chose Women Create, a local group which supports women artists.

“I share my hallway (in Albany) with seven other legislators and we will have hundreds and hundreds of people going through that hall in the next several months,” he said. “I’m really excited to highlight the incredible art created here in Chautauqua County. Our hallway, with this artwork, will be without question the absolute best hallway in the Legislative Office Building.”

Goodell said he was approached four years ago to look at art produced by students from CASA.

“After I saw the quality of their work, I asked for permission to display it in Albany,” he said. “The reaction was so positive, I began looking into other groups.”

Goodell said his colleagues in Albany are anxious to see the Women Create pieces.

Judith Whittaker of Jamestown is sending two of her paintings with Goodell and said she’s thrilled.

“My sister lives in Albany, so she’ll be making a special trip to the building to see my art,” she said.

Jennifer Schlick, creative director of Women Create, said she was excited when Goodell contacted her.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our women artists,” Schlick said. “I’ve heard from so many of them who are just thrilled to be in this show.”

Schlick said other pieces have been submitted for a biennial exhibit at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. Women Create art will be on display throughout March, with the opening reception on March 1 from 7-9 p.m. A salon series will also take place at the gallery featuring guest speakers on Wednesday evenings throughout March from 7-9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.womencreate.org.

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