The Genesee Center for the Arts begins its 14th season with a varied calendar of events and exhibits beginning this week with the opening of the photography exhibit, "Talking in Black and White." Under the leadership of Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts, and Alan Gordon, a professor of Fine Arts, the array of opportunities to explore the creative arts continues to expand on stage and through a variety of exhibits in the Lobby Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre.
"We are very excited about the variety of work and artists coming to the College and the enthusiasm we are experiencing throughout the community about this season's artistic expression," Gordon said. "With the coming events and exhibits, Genesee Center for the Arts is on track in helping our students explore the richness of the visual and performing arts and also providing a vibrant outlay of creativity for the entire community."
2005-2006 Visual Arts Exhibit Schedule in the Lobby Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre:
The "Talking in Black and White" photography exhibit opened on September 10, 2005 and consists of the work by six adult education students who have worked under assistant professor Robert Cooper in his Advanced Photography class at Genesee Community College. The work of Rebecca Green, Wyoming, NY; Robin Markle, Darien Center, NY; Nancy Masters, Batavia, NY; Natalie Schmitt, Pembroke, NY; Christine Titus, Wyoming, NY; and Priscilla Varland, Batavia, NY will be exhibited through October 19.
The "Transformative Power of Community" is a traveling exhibit coming to the Genesee Center for the Arts from the World Life Institute / Project Life program in Waterport, NY. It will be on display November 4 - December 16, 2005. The exhibit features the over 45 images taken by the volunteers of Project Life program reflecting the experiences and life stories of war orphans from three international areas of conflict who visited western New York.
"Powers to the Fourth Power," an exhibit featuring the current work of the Powers family with four different artists of significant distinction working in different media. J. Michael Powers, a long term professor of art at Genesee Community College works in ceramic sculpture. He has been teaching at Genesee since 1973. "Powers to the Fourth Power" will also feature the work of Michael's son, daughter, and daughter-in-law. His daughter, Sarah N. Powers, is a painter residing in Raleigh, North Carolina who is also the manager of Donor Relations with the Carolina Ballet. Michael's son, Angus M. Powers teaches Glass sculpture and glass blowing at the College of Ceramic Art and Design at Alfred University; and his wife, Amy Powers is a painter and an art teacher at Alfred-Almond Central School District. Their multi-media exhibit will be on display February 2 - 26, 2006 with an artists' reception on Friday, February 3, 2006.
Painter Athesia Benjamin, a faculty member at Monroe Community College will exhibit her paintings March 2 - 30, 2006 with a tentative opening reception on March 2, 2006. With powerful compositions that highlight the psychological foundation of visual art-Ms. Benjamin's creativity is a strong contribution to our contemporary culture and the work of women and minorities. Ms. Benjamin received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed many murals, public works, and private commissions that can be seen throughout the city of Rochester. Her most recently completed piece was a painting of Harriet Tubman commissioned by civil rights attorney, Van White.
The Digital Art Student Exhibition featuring the current work of Genesee Community College students will be displayed April 6 - 28, 2006 with a tentative opening reception scheduled on April 6, 2006.
The Fine Arts and Photo Students Exhibition will run May 4- throughout the summer of 2006 with an opening on May 4, 2006.
The Lobby Gallery is located in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College, One College Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays and during college vacations. For more information, call the Arts Center office at 345-6802.
Fall 2005 Performances at the Stuart Steiner Theatre:
The Forum Players, the student-based acting group at Genesee Community College, will present Jonathan Pielmeier's "Agnes of God" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October, 6, 7, and 8, 2005 at 8:00 PM. The drama delves unabashedly into the often tenuous relationship existing between faith and science when a young, naÃ¯ve nun is discovered with a dead newborn baby in her convent quarters. When a psychiatrist, who happens to be an erstwhile Catholic comes to investigate the case, the interplay between the leading characters touches on a wealth of contemporary topics. The cast consists of Jaime Arena of Batavia who plays Dr. Livingston, Elizabeth Batt from Buffalo as Sister Agnes, and Tiffany L. Widrick of Carthage, NY in the role of Mother Superior.
Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings will bring their supreme Mississippi delta blues to the stage of the Stuart Steiner Theatre on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 8:00 PM. The "exceptionally exquisite slide guitarist," as quoted by Rolling Stone, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, received eight Grammy credits for production and performance work, and was nominated for three W.C. Handy Awards, most recently as Best Blues Guitarist in the Instrumentalist category for 2005.
Rogers' latest release, Live! From the Big Room at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, has received four-star reviews and features special guest performances by pianist Phil Aaberg, harmonica wizard Norton Buffalo, vocalist Shana Morrison (Van Morrison's daughter) and fiddler Tom Rigney. Rogers, has also worked with Carlos Santana, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and Los Lobos.
The Genesee Symphony Orchestra, which is in residence at Genesee Community College, will perform the works of Verdi, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven in a "Forces of Destiny" on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 4:00 PM.
Genesee Community College's Forum Players will present "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" on Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2, 2005 at 7:00 PM and also on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. Written by Roald Dahl and following the same spirit of the recently released Hollywood film starring Johnny Depp, it follows a young, kind-hearted boy on his tour of a neighboring chocolate factory. It is a holiday treat for the whole family, providing a "pro-confectionery" version of life within a factory of fun!
Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00.Tickets for these events are on sale now and can be reserved by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814.