‘Pastels and Pottery' to Be Displayed in the Lobby Art Gallery at Genesee Community College

The new academic year at Genesee Community College begins with a dual exhibit highlighting local artist Gloria Betlem: Pastels , an exhibit featuring intimate and panoramic views of Western New

The new academic year at Genesee Community College begins with a dual exhibit highlighting local artist Gloria Betlem: Pastels, an exhibit featuring intimate and panoramic views of Western New York’s Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. Simultaneously, the Lobby Art Gallery will display local artist and Genesee Trustee Chuck Ruffino: Raku Pottery, a ceramics experiment with the textural qualities of natural objects, emphasizing natural forms. The ‘Pastels and Pottery’ exhibit will run September 3 through October 13, 2009. An opening artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 3 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

Gloria Betlem is a local artist who works from her studio in Livonia, NY and has an extensive collection of pastel drawings featuring stunning views of Hemlock and Canadice lakes, the two smallest of Western New York’s Finger Lakes. She and her husband, Kent Divers have published a book featuring her pastels and his photography as a tool to bring awareness about the future and preservation of these lakes. The book contains 57 full color images of their photos and paintings. They hope their work will, in some way, contribute to the protection of Hemlock and Canadice in their unique, natural state. For more information, please visit her web site at www.gloriabetlem.com.

Chuck Ruffino’s art exhibit features Raku pottery, a type of Japanese pottery that is traditionally and primarily used in the Japanese tea ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by hand-molding of the clay as opposed to turning it on a potter's wheel, resulting in each piece being "one-of-a-kind;" low firing temperatures, lead glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese firing process, the fired Raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and put directly into water or allowed to cool in the open air. Raku techniques have been adopted and modified by contemporary potters, such as Ruffino.

Mr. Ruffino is no stranger to the Genesee Community College. He currently serves as Secretary of the College Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board’s Policy Committee, and is one of two Board liaisons to the College Foundation’s Board of Directors. He resides in Batavia, NY.

The Pastels and Pottery Exhibit is free and open to the public. The Lobby Art Gallery is housed inside the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia Campus. For further information, please contact Heather Jones at 585-343-0055 x6448, or at hsjones@genesee.edu.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Editor’s Note: Photographs of Gloria Betlam’s and Chuck Ruffino’s artwork are available at the following internet addresses:

Gloria Betlam’s ‘Canadice Mandala’ –

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Canadice_Mandala.jpg


Gloria Betlam’s ‘Contemplating Canadice’ –

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Contemplating_Canadice.jpg

 

Chuck Ruffino’s Raku Pottery –

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/ruffino1.jpg
http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/ruffino2.jpg
http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/ruffino3.jpg

 

Category: