Current Exhibit:

"A LITTLE SOMETHING..." Members small works show

November 12th - January 14th

 

The Tri-County Arts Council proudly presents the third annual “A Little Something” Small Works Members Show!

 
We started this event to give an opportunity for all our region’s artists to show their work here in the stunning Peg Bothner Gallery. What began as 40 pieces has
grown into 150, with artwork that continues to impress us more each year. From
painting to pottery, fiber to photography, this show is a beautiful sampling of
this region’s artistic talent.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF ARTISTS

Past Exhibits:

“KNOTS, WEBS, AND ENTANGLEMENTS” by Carla Stetson
September 30thth – October 29th

Carla is the 2021 Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition Best in Show Winner

Carla Stetson is a visual artist currently living and working in a barn built in 1840 that she converted into her studio and home on four acres near Ithaca, New York.  It is also home to Sky Barn Apiaries.  Her work explores the tangled interrelationships between the wild and human in mixed media drawings, sculptures, and installations.

Stetson received a bachelor’s in fine arts degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College.  She recently retired as an Associate professor of Art at Ithaca College in New York and now works full time in her studio.   Previously, she lived in Duluth, Minnesota, where she is best known for public sculpture, especially the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, the first large scale memorial to victims of lynching in the United States.

Stetson’s residency awards include Draw International in France; McColl Center for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina; Saltonstall Foundation in New York; and the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming.  She has received fellowships and grants from the Puffin Foundation, Intermedia Arts, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Ithaca College.  Her work is included in several collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, Minnesota, the City of Duluth, and Carolinas Health Care in Charlotte, North Carolina, the University of Minnesota, and the St. Louis County Historical Association. 

"COLOURED POTS" IZINKAMBA AMAKALADI

by Fileve Tlaloc

Coloured Pots (Izinkamba kwamaKhaladi) is an example of pottery inspired by izinkamba style of the amaZulu ethnic group, which in part, makes up my maternal line.  By transposing family photgraphs and snippets of scholarly work based on race onto these pots, the work explores the history, culture, and identity of creole people in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa who are known as “Coloureds.”  This work connects the past and the present by exploring family photos of individuals and communities that played a role in the creation of the creole ethnic group.  Through the combination of clay, photography, and scholarly research I unpack notions of race, purity, science, and law in relation to creole individuals and communities who are combinations of indigenous Africans, settler Europeans, and immigrant Asians.  Coloured Pots Izinkamba amaKaladi contributes to artistic and cultural diversity by showing the exchanges and intimate relationships across cultural and geographical borders.  Although the focal point builds upon my personal heritage living abroad, and my intentional, personal maintenance of my familial relationships in South Africa, the subject matter and my local experience, opens a forum for discussion of similar instances of creolization in America as well as engaging timely issues of privacy, policy, and agency.

"ZWEYGARDT SCULPTURE" by Glenn Zweygardt

On exhibit July 8th - August 13th 2022

As an artist, Glenn Zweygardt states, “Finding one’s place in a relationship with nature is the theme of my sculpture. While working with materials such as metal and stone, a relationship between nature and myself is formed. Further, I want to tell stories and comment on my collective life experience and my perception of a collective consciousness. Hopefully, these ideas and expressions will enter into human consciousness and the fourth dimension.”

 The works of Glenn Zweygardt are simultaneously ancient and contemporary. With his use of diverse materials – cast bronze, glass, iron, marble, stainless steel, stone, and granite – he creates complex media sculptures that exemplify a master of the three-dimensional form. Zweygardt’s work will be on displayed not only in the Gallery but on the TCAC sidewalk, as we are adding one of Zweygardt’s sculptures with the Tri County Art Council logo. 

 Zweygardt possesses an uncanny ability to fuse dissimilar elements and concepts, natural occurring and fabricated forms, into structures that command the attention if the observer. This interaction of artist, nature and technology has a unifying effect on the observer’s imagery and psyche.

Duplication and relationship are a recurring theme found throughout Zweygardt’s work. A carefully chosen stone, cast, and duplicated in bronze, aluminum or steel becomes the basis of definite architectural themes that manifest in a range of sizes.

Zweygardt’s mastery of the building process along with his ability to create enormous works of art from materials of tremendous mass has gained him international recognition and membership to the Berman Group, a cooperative of sculptors whose collective work spans virtually the entire spectrum of possibilities of “traditional” modernist sculpture.

Kansas born; Zweygardt earned the BFA degree from Wichita State in 1967. He received the MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1969 and is an emeritus Professor of Sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Zweygardt works independently in his immense workshop in Alfred Station, New York. Here his work continues to evolve-varied shapes and rich surfaces, transparent and dense forms, concept, and technical relationships, personal and collective perceptions-into fine art of eminent legacy.

“Restless Creativity”

Debra Eck

On Exhibit May 27th through July 2nd

Recpetion on Saturday June 25th 5:30-7:30pm

“Like many artists today my work is not defined by any single material. I move restlessly between mediums, letting each idea find its own expression. This exhibition is a survey of works both old and new, that showcases the variety of materials and techniques used in my studio practice and highlights the common themes that run through them all.”

Debra Eck is a book and installation artist who works primarily with thread, text and
fibers. Her work is in public and private collections, both here and in Europe. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in Western New York for
over 30 years. Eck received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo, and an
MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). After many years of working as a college instructor at Jamestown Community
college and SUNY Fredonia, Eck has chosen to focus on teaching adults in
community settings. She is currently the director of the Pearl City Clay House
program at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, and is a member of
many local arts organizations, including TCAC where she sits on the board.

“Birds”

Samila Sosic

On Exhibit from April 16th through May 20th

The “BIRDS” series comes to life through observation and documentation of hummingbird flying patterns. The driving force behind this series is a fascination of non-verbal communication between flying partners. My intention is to embrace and present their graceful moves and striking beauty through elements of color, texture, and movements. By using bracketing photo references and transferring them into paintings, the hummingbirds started to perform their dances on my canvases. I left the curiosity of the viewer’s eyes to create their own patterns and find the personal dance in each of my “BIRDS”.

Samila Sosic is a Bosnian native, who moved to New York City in 1992 after graduating with a BS in Architecture from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2005, she enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. After obtaining a BA degree in 2011, she continued her art education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. In 2014, Sosic received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art and secured the position of Adjunct Professor at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

For more information on Samila Sosic, visit her website at: http://www.samilasfineart.org/

"Silent Beings"

Amanda Parry Oglesbee

Was on Exhibit Febuary 18th through April 2nd

The larger paintings in this show were made recently and are portraits of trees that I have found walking or driving that call to me.  Primary elements in the paintings are tree trunks, the surrounding atmosphere, and their interior essence.  Scars of lost limbs and forms created through decay and adaptation reveal their unique histories made over very long lives.  Smooth bark displays shadows from the exterior world while rough bark alludes to inner growth and struggle.  Some exist in a golden atmosphere suggesting the infinite while others appear to be posed in a portrait studio or seen against the sky.

The inspiration for the larger paintings came from the making of smaller ones such as those selected here.  Some studies were made working outside directly with the tree(s) and some were imagined.  It was through these pieces that I found a way to express something of what trees and life means to me.

I am moved by the beauty and courage of all things that grow on earth, especially trees.  As I paint trees they become portraits of beings compelled to grow, nurture and survive.  Some of my paintings are made directly observing nature.  My work is sometimes influenced by historical art and other times built entirely from my imagination allowing the piece to grow organically with an equal combination of intent and acceptance.  Most of my paintings are a combination of these different approaches.  While I have painted many other subjects and use different mediums and approaches in my work, I have always painted trees. –Amanda Parry Oglesbee

For more information on Amanda Parry Oglesbee, visit her website at:  https://amandaoglesbee.com/

 

"Yadahta:wak Hihšönya:nö' (Father & Son - They Make Things)”

Peter & Mike Jones

Exhibit took place June 12th to July 24th 2021

Pottery, sculpture, and paintings by renowned artists Peter and Mike Jones. The work of both artists reflect their Native heritage and issues that have impacted the Hodínöhsö:ni:h “People of the Long House”.

Internationally renown potter and sculptor Peter Jones, whose work is “neo-traditional” a modern take on pre-colonization Iroquois pottery forms that had died out in the 1500’s. Peter studied under Hopi artist Otellie Loloma while attending the Institute of the American Indian Art in New Mexico. His work is in private and public collections world-wide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Heard Museum. Mike Jones, who learned pottery from his father Peter, also paints and sculpts, taking inspiration from a diverse set of Native and Non-Native artists such as T.C. Cannon, Dan Namingha, Earl Bliss, M.C. Escher and Gustav Klimt among others. Mike’s work is in collections nationwide, including the Heard Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

“This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council”

“A House for a Home”

This was a special exhibit at the Tri-County Arts Council on Monday, June 7th 6PM-8PM!

“A House for a Home” was an Art from the Heart project done by 30 Olean Middle School students who created over 60 wonderful ceramic ornaments in the shape of houses. These ceramic houses will be for sale to raise funds for a permanent home for Ugandan orphans. Cari Matejka, an Olean Teacher, started Literacy of Love to help destitute children and orphans in Uganda find hope and a future! She teamed up with fellow teacher Laura Hamed and Tara Dedrick, a recently retired teacher and ceramics instructor at TCAC to organize the project.


This exciting one evening event was open to the public and all were welcome to come and collect the handmade ceramic ornaments and support a worthy cause.
The houses are also for sale after the exhibition at: https://www.literacyoflove.com/the-project/ and also at the Tri-County Artisan Market located inside the Arts Council at 110 West State Street in Olean!

"Maestro Moods”

Watercolor & Mixed Media by Peg Bothner

Was on Display during April 16th to May 22nd 2021

Pottery, sculpture, and paintings by renowned artists Peter and Mike Jones. The work of both artists reflect their Native heritage and issues that have impacted the Hodínöhsö:ni:h “People of the Long House”.

Internationally renown potter and sculptor Peter Jones, whose work is “neo-traditional” a modern take on pre-colonization Iroquois pottery forms that had died out in the 1500’s. Peter studied under Hopi artist Otellie Loloma while attending the Institute of the American Indian Art in New Mexico. His work is in private and public collections world-wide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Heard Museum. Mike Jones, who learned pottery from his father Peter, also paints and sculpts, taking inspiration from a diverse set of Native and Non-Native artists such as T.C. Cannon, Dan Namingha, Earl Bliss, M.C. Escher and Gustav Klimt among others. Mike’s work is in collections nationwide, including the Heard Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

“This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council”