Society of Artists to exhibit at Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library Art Gallery will feature a group exhibit by the Chautauqua County Society of Artists May 2 through May 30.

There will be an opening reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Library’s Fireplace Room.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Chautauqua County Society of Artists grew out of the Jamestown Sketch Club organized in the early 1900s. Naturalist Roger Tory Peterson was one of the earliest and eventually most famous members of this group, which provides an opportunity for people to develop their artistic gifts and share their work with the community.

Chairing the show is the group’s current president, Elaine Caflisch, who teaches porcelain painting, works in acrylics and watercolors, and has designed cards for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

A special feature this year will be collaborative pieces reflecting the work of several artists such as a porcelain necklace with handmade glass beads and a carved wooden box decorated with painting and beading inserts.

Several new members will be represented, including Patricia Turcotte, an accomplished equestrian artist; Mike Fitzpatric, a retired art teacher who works in oils; and Wendy Samuelson, who recently provided original paintings for the hallways of the refurbished maternity and delivery area of WCA Hospital.

There will also be several family groups, including:

Carole Norberg, who paints in a Grandma Moses style in oils and pastels, and her daughter-in-law Denise Snyder Norberg, who makes jewelry and works in watercolor and acrylic. One of the group’s original members, Carole has been painting for more than 50 years and served as president of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists for four years.

Sisters Charlene Love-less and Linzey Carlson, who both create Native-American themed artwork, while Linzey also does pen and pastel animals.

Julie Nelson, copper tooling, acrylic paintings, and photography; and her daughter Ashley Whitmore, photography.

Husband and wife teams of Jerry Paduano, who works in pencil, and Suzette Paduano, photographer; and Jim and Ann Jackson, jewelry and turned wood creations using inset glass beads.

Another longtime member is Lois Anderson, who does watercolors. The artist whose work is featured on the show’s promotional postcard is Sarah Niebank, who creates Mandalas through digital means.

Other exhibitors and their media include Ron Nasca, pottery using multiple firing techniques; Dorothy MacLees, pressed flowers and nature creations; Audrey Schafer, oils and acrylics; Emma Duncanson, freak art dolls; Margaret Braun, acrylic nature art ornaments; Butch Poole, abstract nature photography shot with an iPhone; Loretta Berringer, pencil; Margaret Blakeslee, portraits and still life paintings; Sally Hutchinson, acrylic landscapes; Daniel Marchini, pen and ink; Laurie McGrath, jewelry and paintings; Bill Smith, photography; Linda Mason, fiber art and porcelain painting; and Mike LaMancuso, watercolors.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The next exhibit will be adult art students of Helen Gilbert.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.