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Transition at the Arts Center of Yates County



Arts Center Exhibit Celebrates Transitions

As summer gives way to fall and green hillsides morph to autumn reds and golds, the Arts Center of Yates County welcomes two artists whose work is constantly evolving in new and different directions. 

Christine Barney grew up in the Corning area where she developed a lifelong fascination with glass. She’s been working in that medium for more than 43 years - first as a glass blower, then exploring furnace-formed solid sculpture, including cast glass sculpture. Christine admits “I follow a path that is an evolving, continual dialogue between myself and the material. An artist must continually explore, invent, and question.”

Studying in Corning, the Seguso Glass Factory in Murano, Italy and the Creative Glass Center in Millville, NJ, Christine’s work “follows a pursuit of color and form. [She] celebrates color, an internal symphony that glass embraces and magnifies.” Both furnace-formed and cast glass pieces are subjected to alteration in a cold-working studio process, where Christine can rework forms and redirect light to match her vision. Her sculptures are included in permanent collections at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of American Glass as well as in many other public and private collections.

Painter Daniel Roemmelt spent more than 39 years as an art instructor, first at Bath High School and then at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. A lifelong Finger Lakes resident, his retirement in 2017 led to a number of changes, including winters spent in Florida and the opportunity to focus on his own art rather than the needs of his students and classes. 

Previously known for his large paintings of a variety of scenes caught during his travels, Daniel was inspired by a master painting class in Florida to focus on creating a series of portraits. Using models and photographs of friends Daniel has created more than 26 large scale oils on canvas, exploring the theatricality of his subjects, who exhibit a wide variety of costumes as well as unusual hairstyles and make-up. 

In addition to work by Christine and Daniel, the Transitions exhibit will include work by many of the Arts Center’s talented local and regional artists. The exhibit opens on Friday, September 28 from 5 to 7 pm. The opening will include wine tastings from Tabora, live music and hors d’oeuvres and is free and open to anyone.

The exhibit runs through November 4th.

The Arts Center of Yates County is located at 127 Main St., Penn Yan.  The exhibit is open to all 
from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 3pmSaturdays.  For more information on exhibits and 
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