Ontario County Arts Council members present group exhibit with the theme "The Majestry of Flight"


CANANDAIGUA — The Ontario County Arts Council will kick off its 2019 residency at the Ontario County Historical Museum, 55 N. Main St., on April 6 with a group exhibit in the North Gallery of the museum. "The Majesty of Flight" exhibit will contain a wide variety of examples of new pieces of artwork, created by the OCAC members.

This flight-themed exhibition and art sale, the brainchild of the council's Judi Rogers Cermak, contains a collection of over 50 works of photography, drawings, needle felting, collage, sculpture and paintings done in oils, acrylics and watercolors. It showcases the creative talents of 35 Arts Council members who are demonstrating their unique, creative takes on this theme of anything and everything that flies. There are images of planes, birds, butterflies, hot air balloons, found object sculpture, and much more to see within this exhibit.

During the exhibit's run there will be two flight-related presentations at the museum. On Wednesday, May 15, local painter Ted Williams will talk about his aeronautical paintings and veteran pilots from Ontario County. On May 22, photographer Jack Haley of the Daily Messenger will give a presentation about drone aircraft, and how he does aerial photography using drones. In addition, according to arts council secretary Denise Van Derouf, the Canandaigua Sky Chiefs will be lending remote-controlled airplanes to hang from the ceiling.

The exhibit is part of the OCAC's partnership with the county historical society. "We take over the gallery and we transform it every three months," said Van Derouf, noting that upcoming exhibit themes (both suggested by council members) include "Tell a Story" in summer and "Captivating Light" in fall.

The opening reception for the "The Majesty of Flight" exhibit will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, during which the public can meet exhibiting artists, view the artwork and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Arts Council. This exhibit will continue to be on display through Thursday, June 13, during the regular open hours at the Historical Museum. Admission to the museum is always free. Details can be found online at on the OCAC website at www.ocarts.org, under "Exhibits and Events."