Genesee's Dansville Campus Center and GVCA Host Capstone Exhibition

On August 1, 2008, kick-off Dansville’s first annual Arts and Music Extravaganza with a stop at Genesee Community College’s Dansville Campus Center to view a Capstone Exhibition featuring artwork from four photographers. The exhibit runs July 7 through August 1 and concludes with a reception on August 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm featuring summer refreshments and a chance to meet the artists.

Anne Clements has lived in Livonia, NY with her husband, Rod, for 34 years. As a teen she dabbled in watercolor and has always had a camera in her hands. She recently started using a digital camera on her fourth trip to Ireland. While completing her bachelor’s degree in 2005, she studied the Reggio Emilia approach where children focus on different media to explore the world around them. Her documentation of the study was done in photographs and text and is displayed at Empire College in Rochester, NY. Anne facilitates a Reggio-inspired art studio at Annie’s Ark Child Care Center where she exposes children to drawing from life, clay sculpture, painting, and collage representation.

Liesel Gaesser, of Geneseo, NY specializes in rural landscape photography. She received her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Brockport and operates her own business, Sentiments Remembered, where she designs gifts for people using their own sentiments and ideas to create unique, personalized poems and matching graphic art. Having lived in Western New York for more than 20 years, she has developed great fondness for country landscapes and country life. Liesel’s photography focuses on color and black & white landscape photographs of the region.

Bob Oswald started his photographic career at age 12 when he received a Kodak Instamatic as a gift. Over a lifetime, he has used the medium to capture and document his many interests, including nature study and a passion for collecting roadside Americana. Retired after a 30 year career with Kodak, Bob and his wife Cynthia reside in Atlanta-North Cohocton. Bob can frequently be found at events across Western New York, camera at the ready. His work is featured in many Livingston County tourism brochures and publications.

Sally Sakshaug’s love of nature is evident in her photographs as she captures the beauty that she finds in the natural world. At age 49, Sally has ventured into the business world to share her photography with others. Faced with medical issues that will not allow her to return to the nursing profession, Sally discovered that she is able to pursue her passion for photography. Since receiving her first camera at age 12, she has become an accomplished photographer and currently operates Sally Saks Photography in Avon, NY.

“We are very pleased to support the Dansville community by hosting the Capstone Exhibit and also by bringing these four photographers together for a reception that is also a kick-off for our weekend -long Arts and Music Extravaganza,” Pete Soscia, Associate Dean of Genesee’s Dansville Campus Center said.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 am – 10 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 9 pm; and Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm. Genesee Community College’s Dansville Campus Center is located at 9221 Robert Hart Drive in Dansville, NY. For more information contact the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at 585-243-6785 or