‘Unity’ Art Guild Exhibit to Open at ACYC – Chronicle Express

Yates County Arts Center

WHAT: Opening of the Penn Yan Art Guild exhibit WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 30 WHERE: Yates County Center for the Arts, 127 Main Street, Penn Yan WHO: Local Penn Yan artists and from around Yates County

The Penn Yan Art Guild will celebrate its 60th anniversary at this year’s annual exhibition at the Yates County Arts Center. Officially opening Friday, September 30 from 5-7 p.m., works by members of the Penn Yan Art Guild will be on display through November 7. The theme of this year’s Guild exhibition is “Unity”.

“Unity” is defined by Merriam Webster as “1) the quality or state of not being multiple: unity, 2) a condition of harmony: agreement, 3) the quality or state of be unified: unification and 4) a totality of related parts: an entity that is a complex or systematic whole.” Unity is also used in the dramatic structure of writing which requires a play to have a single action occurring in one place and in one day When capitalized, the word identifies a religious movement that emphasizes the spiritual sources of healing for the individual, humanity and our relationship with the nature. There’s even a cross-platform game engine called “Unity” that supports a variety of desktop, mobile, console, and VR platforms. So many ways to view “unity”!

In art, unity is a principle that is not seen but best felt as ‘unity’. They are separate parts that work together to create a sense of wholeness or cohesion. The individual artist uses one or all of the methods of repetition (repeating lines, textures, colors, or values), continuation (carrying the observation from one element to another), simplicity (less it is more) or proximity (close placement to create a group) to create a sense of unity within their work. Unity is created by the intention of the artist. So when we use unity, agreement, and unification, we create a complex or systematic whole. The wonderful irony of unity in art is that each artist can individually use various methods to create a sense of unity that speaks to the viewer!

Taking this a step further, the Penn Yan Art Guild, in its 60th year, exemplifies the concept of unity. The guild was founded in 1962 “…to improve skills and get people interested in the arts.” (Florence Middlebrook, 1977). Growing from 16 original members to over 50 today, the Guild has been integral to the creation and continued development of the Yates County Center for the Arts. In addition to the annual exposition, the Guild offers workshops and demonstrations, outdoor and open studio days, day trips, Adirondack Adventures, and the Anthony Road Winery PYAG Plein Air event. The Guild welcomes budding, new and established artists; anyone interested in exploring and creating art.

This year’s annual exhibition will illustrate and demonstrate the Unity concept with beautiful works by Eileen Correll, Fran Bliek, Pat Jackson, Eric Happ, Carol Kuehn, Bonnie Barney, Sandy Cook, Daryl Davis, Lana Grauer, Anne Lahr, Hannelore Wolcott-Bailey, Ginny Deneka, and many more. This is the must-see show of the year! The exhibition opening on Friday, September 30 will include wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to meet and chat with many artists. The vernissage takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free and open to all.

For more information, contact the Arts Center at 315-536-8226 or [email protected]

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