“Furs, Feathers and Fins” is celebrating animals of the world and their presence in daily lives through Sept. 29 at Wayne County Council for the Arts, 108 W. Miller St., Newark.
The exhibit demonstrates the extent of its artists’ travels or visitors in their backyard.
Animals in society benefit everyone. From pets to service animals, domesticated or wild, they help solve crimes; work on farms; serve as people’s eyes and ears; provide companionship, entertainment, food and clothing; and are a major part of the economy. Some are endangered by human activities, others are part of conservation efforts.
Ken Townsend serves as juror for this exhibit. Townsend found his inspiration back in high school from the late art teacher Richard Hawver. With a degree from Syracuse University, Townsend went on to work as a commercial artist for various small design firms while freelancing in Greater Rochester. He wound up working in the exhibit department at Strong Museum for 13 years.
During his 22 years with the former Bob Wright Creative Group, he provided illustrations for clients including Fisher-Price, Wegmans and Constellation Brands. Nowadays, Townsend is a self-employed illustrator. These days, as his commercial career winds down, he finds himself free to pursue personal work in a variety of themes and mediums.
Bonnie Evangelist and Sheri Scherbyn are exhibiting “mother/daughter” in the Chris Fayad Members Gallery.
Evangelist, of Newark, has over 30 years of experience in human resources. She always enjoyed taking pictures, and has several books filled with family holidays, vacations and special occasions.
About 12 years ago, she decided to enter a photo show at Wayne Arts. Before she knew it, she became a board member, treasurer and, ultimately, president. She carries her camera with her at all times to capture unexpected photo opportunities.
Scherybyn, of Phelps, has worked for the Ontario County Department of Social Services for 20 years, currently in the child welfare field. A few years ago, she started taking pictures on her cellphone while out walking and hiking. The pictures seemed popular on social media, so her mother gave her an old Olympus camera to use while out adventuring.
The first exploration using the camera was at Sodus Point. Her mother encouraged her to enter the upcoming photo show that year at Wayne Arts and one of the lighthouse pictures she took won third place. A couple years later, she received an honorable mention for the “Autumn Falls” picture taken in her hometown of Phelps.
Wayne Art Gallery is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays-Saturdays and by appointment. Admission is free.
Call (315) 331-4593, email info@wayne-arts.com or visit wayne-arts.com for information.