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Who we are . . . .
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“this everyday world affects the way art is created as much as it conditions its
response” Alan Kaprow
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist…
Who we are . . .
Brockport Artists’ Guild, a growing resource for area artists.
Back in 2010, a group of Brockport area artists gathered together to decide how they wanted to promote art in the Brockport area. After meetings and discussions, this group formed the Brockport Artists’ Guild. The founding members included Katherine Weston, Richard Hart, Cheryl Hungerford, Jappie King Black, Sarah Hart, and Jeanne Sozio.
Over the years, BAG, as its members fondly called it, grew and became better known in the community. Katherine Weston owned the building at 27 Market Street which had gallery space, a small retail space, and upstairs gallery and studio spaces. Soon A Different Path Gallery was up and running and featuring Katherine’s art as well as that of other artists. Artists rented studios and offered classes. Musicians had practice studios. Potters were able to work on the main floor behind the shop. And other artists were drawn in.
Soon BAG was holding an annual members’ show at A Different Path Gallery. Openings featured local musicians and crowds of artists, their families and friends, and interested art lovers. In 2019, Katherine Weston made the decision to sell her building and move to Vermont. Fellow BAG member, Sarah Hart and her husband Benton, have purchased the building and are providing a strong presence for skilled artists of the area. Currently the Hart Gallery has 11 artists in residence, in 9 studios, and one artist being represented in the second floor hallway. A second floor gallery is available for visiting and local artists.
In recent years, BAG has had displays at Java Junction in Brockport, at 80 West medical building, and even some work hung at Lift Bridge Book Shop. June and July of 2019 included a members’ exhibit at the Seymour Library on East Avenue in Brockport. In November, 2019, there was a group show at Marti’s on Main in Albion. Individual members participate in exhibits in many locations throughout the year.
Members of BAG are becoming well known beyond Brockport. Brenda Cretney, Christopher Manaseri, Nancy Radzik, Jennifer Wells-Dickerson, Roseanna Mascari, Gretchen Lee Carletta, and Rebecca Maynard are among the many artists in the group who are represented in galleries throughout New York and beyond. They create in many styles, forms, and media as do all of the artists in Brockport Artists’ Guild. At any members’ show one can see watercolor paintings, oil and acrylic paintings, collage, prints, fiber art, ceramics, and three-dimensional work. Members favor realistic, impressionistic, and abstract styles, among others.
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