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MAY 30: An Afternoon of Musical Favorites

On Saturday May 30, The Livingston Arts Center will be holding a benefit concert in support of Livingston County’s own Tim McGowan’s attendance at two elite Breve Opera summer programs. “As an aspiring young opera singer there are great benefits with programs. I’ll be able to work in master classes with professional artists. I will also have both stage and dramatic coaching and private lessons,” said McGowan. A Dansville native and currently a vocal performance major at Houghton College, McGowan has been accepted into highly coveted summer programs in Witcha Falls, Texas and Steam Boat Springs, Colorado. The cost for these programs is over $1,500 each, in support of McGowan, Livingston Arts is proud to hosting “An Afternoon of Musical Favorites,” with songs performed by McGowan and others students Houghton College. Musical selections will include songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz, and some entertaining opera classics.

The event will take place on May 30, at 1 pm on the Arts Center’s west porch. Some folding chairs may be provided but attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Admission is a suggested donation of at least $10 per person. All money goes towards Tim’s Breve attendance.

“It’s a good feeling no matter where you go in life to know that you have a strong community backing you,” said McGowan. “Any kind of support would mean the world to me.”


Tim McGowan
Tim McGowan

Friday May 8: Two great galleries, one great night!

Ted Wetherbee: “As I See It”

On Friday, May 8th, Livingston Arts Center will be unveiling two new exhibitions with a reception to follow. The Arts Center will be holding the first regional artist in Apartment One. Ted Wetherbee will be hosting a solo show titled As I See It. Ted’s large format paintings are a wonderful exploration into the human form and also the way the artist views the world around him. You can meet the artist on Friday, May 8th as he will be present at the reception and able to answer any questions and to discuss his work.

New Deal Gallery: Changing Landscape: Architecture in American Scene Painting in the 1930s.

The New Deal Gallery at Livingston Arts Center’s new show will be Changing Landscape: Architecture in American Scene Painting in the 1930s. This exhibit will be a compilation of WPA paintings showing how artists involved in 1930s American Scene painting depicted their surroundings, including the architecture in landscapes. From this sample of our over 200 piece collection, the viewer will be able to see that although these paintings were created at around the same time, there are certainly changes in technique, style and the depiction of architecture within a changing landscape.

American Scene painting is an over arching term that includes both the more rural art movement, Regionalism and the urban art movement, Social Realism. Both movements were reactions to the ever-popular modern European style and focused largely on every day life. The most apparent difference between the two was the political fervor Social realism took on and depicted in their art. Changing Landscape: Architecture in American Scene Painting in the 1930s will give the viewer the opportunity to see both as our collection is wide ranging in both style and subject.

Please join us for good conversation, light fare, local New York State wine and most importantly, art on Friday, May 8th from 5-7pm at Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris New York 14510. We are up Grove Street off of Main Street in Mount Morris. Once you are on campus the arts center building is next to the Office for the Aging and Cornell Cooperative Extension. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the arts center at 243-6785 or by emailing

Livingston Arts Presents Annual Round and Square Dance

Livingston Arts invites you to a Round & Square Dance on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8:00-11:00 p.m., in the “old” gymnasium at York Central School, 3578 Genesee St., Retsof. Admission is $5 Adults; $3 Spectators, 18 & under free and all ages are welcome. Music and calling will be provided by Kelly’s Old Timers, now counting 60+ years of performing, along with the Geneseo String Band led by SUNY Geneseo Professor, Jim Kimball.

If you’ve never been to a square dance, you can come early at 7:15 p.m. and learn the basic steps. No special clothing or prior knowledge is required—beyond knowing one’s left from one’s right! The dance is truly a fun evening for all ages, and a great opportunity to enjoy a longtime local tradition. Refreshments will be available.

Eric Kelly, leader of Kelly’s Old Timers and MS-HS instrumental music teacher at York, tells us that many a square dance was held in the gym in years past. The band was started by his uncle, Woody Kelly and father, Roger in the 1950’s. The group continues with Doug Kelly calling the dances and playing bass, Eric on keyboards and vocals, Roger Kelly on guitar, Guy Macaluso on keyboards, vocal, trumpet and guitar, and Tom Kwiecien on drums. Members of the Geneseo String Band will join the group on fiddles, guitar, banjo, mandolin and washboard.

The event is sponsored by Livingston Arts and the York Music Boosters, and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. For more information visit our website at, or call 585-2423-6785.

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2015 All County Scholastic Art Show now on display


Every year, we coordinate an exhibit with area high school to recognize the artistic accomplishments of area youth.  The Scholastic Art Exhibit provides both teachers and their students with a great opportunity to view what’s happening at other schools, share ideas and techniques, and enjoy some well-earned recognition.  It is an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our high school art teachers and honor the efforts of their students.  The Scholastic Art Exhibit is held in early spring and features a one-day exhibition and judging (high school art teachers are each allowed to bring up to 40 pieces), followed by a month-long exhibit of first place and Best of Show winners.  The one-day exhibit rotates among Livingston County high schools and Best of Show and First Place winners will have their work displayed in the Livingston Arts Center on Murray Hill during regular gallery hours.

Livingston Arts awards up to three $200 scholarships to seniors who are planning on attending college in an arts or arts-related field.  The pieces in this show will be their submissions and the judges will pick our scholarship winners.  Students are nominated for consideration by their teachers.

Our 2015 Scholastic Exhibit is currently on display with a closing reception and scholarship award ceremony on April 25.

Check out the list of talented award winners here:

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The Dick Smith Young Artists Grant

The Dick Smith young Artists Grant program is for high school juniors and seniors who are serious about developing their artistic talents. Any junior or senior who resides in Livingston County is eligible to apply for up to $500 to pursue a special extra-curricular opportunity in his or her artistic discipline. A panel of artists and art teachers selects the awardees. Livingston Arts awards grants once a year for opportunities in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts (including film, video and computer art.)

The application deadline is the first Thursday in May 4 p.m..

Selection criteria are”

a.) artistic excellence of the student’s work,

b.) artistic excellence of the student’s work,

c.) student’s preparation in the discipline, and

d.) good academic standing. There are no need based awards.

Since June 1998, the arts council has awarded grants to young artists from tall over Livingston County. These grants have enabled them to take advantage of artistic opportunities at SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Fredonia, Eastman School of Music, Hochstein Music School, NEw York STate Summer School of the ARts, Writers & Books, Visual Studies Workshop, Alfred University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, RIT, Nazareth College, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Join Us! The 2nd Annual Benton Bash at Charred Bar and Grill

The Arts of the West, 1932, Thomas Hart Benton
The Arts of the West, 1932, Thomas Hart Benton


On a sunny 80 degree day in mid-April, 2014, 15-20 lucky patrons saw New Deal paintings displayed in an entirely new setting: Charred American Bar and Grill on Main Street, Mount Morris. Thanks to the generous cooperation of Thomas and Frank Provo, their family, and staff, we presented New York State’s first Benton Bash.
A long-time event in Missouri, a Benton Bash celebrates the birthday of Depression-era star Thomas Hart Benton. Since Benton wanted his paintings to be displayed where people from all walks of life could appreciate them, on his birthday, Benton’s million-dollar paintings are put on display at a bar and grill in Missouri. We don’t have any of Benton’s works, but we have a lot of pieces from the depression that were influenced by him. The Provo’s created a perfect min-gallery space for us in the restaurant. We displayed a dozen paintings, many WPA posters and hundreds of digital images of the Great Depression and of Thomas Hart Benton’s work.
Join us for good food, drink, conversation, and art at the second annual Benton Bash at Charred American Bar and Grill, on Sunday, April 12, at 4pm.

Charred American Bar and Grill is located at 36 Main St. Mt. Morris.

Call For Work!

2015 Rockin’ the Arts

Will be held on August 13, 2015, so we need some ARTWORKS for our Auction and Silent Auction.

It will be all about “Functional Art That Makes a House a Home”

All proceeds from this celebration of Livingston County artistry, flavors, and music will benefit local children and art through two of the area’s most valued not-for-profit organizations.  Livingston Arts enriches life in the County by encouraging and promoting the arts and cultural activities.  KidStart’s special services, day care, and Head Start programs are unique because they serve children both with and without disabilities in an integrated setting.

If you would like to participate in this event by donating a piece of your artwork:

Applications are due May 1, 2015

Artwork Drop Off is June 12 & 13, 2015

Rockin’ the Arts Benefit is August 13, 2015

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We are starting figure drawing group again!

It will be every Saturday from noon-2pm. We begin April 11th. The cost is $10 to pay the model (& the 25% administration fee for Liv Arts). You will need to register via email each week. There is no prepay, you pay each time you attend. The group will only meet if we have at least 4 people attending.  I will inform everyone whether we are drawing by Thursday night.

This is open to the public so if you know of anyone who is interested please bring them along. Thanks.