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In a Year of Tribute to the EARTH:

The Wonderful World of Art in the Finger Lakes


Perhaps when we are in the height of summer we most appreciate our life in the Finger Lakes.  What better time to celebrate this “world”?  The Arts Center exhibit opening July 28 does just that.  Entitled “The Wonderful World of Art in the Finger Lakes” the exhibit features work by Renée Simone-Lee and Sandy Cook.  Many of the Arts Center’s exhibiting artists will also bring work that celebrates the beauty that surrounds us in the magical corner of the globe. 

For renowned Rochester painter, Renée Simone-Lee, the adjectives ”colorful” and “bold” are hardly adequate to describe the magic she brings to two dimensional landscapes as well as portraits and other subjects.  Her early love of drawing evolved into a Studio Art degree at Nazareth College where Renée worked in drawing, printmaking and ceramics.  This appreciation for the more concrete forms of expression can be seen in her painting as well.  Renée is recognized locally as well as nationally and is the recipient of the 2013  D’Amanda Memorial Award of the Finger Lakes Exhibition of the Memorial Art Gallery.

Sandy Cook is the Center’s own “success story” having retired to Keuka Lake after a career raising a family and teaching in New Jersey.  Her first  foray into the art was a watercolor workshop with Bonnie Barney.  That hooked her and she has been painting non-stop  ever since in oil, pastels and watercolor.  Her devotion to the art has taken her to numerous workshops, both locally and across the country.  Both Sandy and her husband enjoy traveling and her work reflects many of the spectacular sights they have encountered in recent years.  Sandy’s rapid maturation as a painter earned her the Artist of the Year Award for 2016 from the Arts Center.

Meet the artists and see The Wonderful World of Art in the Finger Lakes at a free exhibit opening on Friday, July 28  from 5 pm to 7 pm.  The Brewery of Broken Dreams in Hammondsport will provide a craft beer tasting and there will be homemade hors d’oeuvres.  Everyone is welcome!

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

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