Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Season's Greetings!

Photo by Denise Atherton

BOFA Members Join the Festivities

Photo from the Public Domain
of the Belfast Public Library
Facebook Page
Kathy Garrison, Larry Beiter and Sharon Beiter braved the elements Dec. 1st to bedazzle the annual BOFA Christmas Tree 

in the Belfast Town Park in preparation for the annual tree lighting activities, including free reception and refreshments with Santa at the Town Hall, on 
December 9th. 

Story Time with Santa 
Santa stopped in at the Belfast Library on Dec. 8th to join in the morning Story Time. Children were invited to stay and make a holiday ornament after the story and cookies. 
More fun to come... 

Andover Ecumenical Choir Christmas Concert 
Dec. 14th 7-8pm The Andover Ecumenical Choir will present "their annual advent concert on in the Nancy Howe Auditorium of the David A. Howe Public Library. This favorite regional choir has performed regularly on the Auditoriums' stage for severy years with their inspirational Advent and Lenten programs. The Choir is directed by March Bledsoe. This concert is free and open to the public."

Ice Skating Party 
Dec. 14th 5-9pm Lifeway Youth Center Belfast NY Local youth travel to the Olean Ice Skating rink for a couple hours of ice skating. There will be a heated room near the rink to get warm and plenty of snacks, drinks, and hot cocoa. Cost is $3 (fee charged per skater). Permission slip required.  Ph: 585-365-2293 

At the Palmer Opera House Cuba, NY 
  • Dec. 15th 7-10pm 4th Annual Holiday Concert ~Olean Barbershop is here for the 4th Annual Concert. Coffee, Water, Soda and snacks available. Call 585-209-5512 for more information.  
  • Dec. 17th 6:30-9:30pm Christmas Wine & Design $24 with limited spots available. Bring pruning shears or scissors. Call 585-209-5512 for more information or to reserve your spot. 

Crafternoons at the Cuba Circulating Library
Dec. 19th 1-2pm For adults looking to do a simple decorative craft for the holidays, participants are making miniature polymer clay figures perfect of snow globes, ornaments, or diorama. Registration is required. Stop in or call the library to sign up for this free event.  

Save the Dates for Activities in the New Year  
January 12th 1-3pm at SheilaLynnK Art Studio 
Wellsville, NY   RSVP by Jan. 4th The 12th International SWAN Day is March 30th 2019. Local Creators and Patrons are invited to attend this planning meeting to share, decide, and schedule SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2019 Activities for March and April. 

Art & Visual Communication Faculty Exhibition
January 11th - February 8th
Reception Event: Friday, Jan 11 (6-8pm)

A Correction 
to the UFO Day post listed in the Winter Allegany Arts Association Newsletter. 
Open to creators working in all genres. BYO materials and works in progress during this FREE shared makers' space activity.


SWAN Days Allegany County NY Include All Local Events For/By Local Women Artists occurring in March and April SWAN Days Exhibitions, Awards, and Event Dates TBD at the First 2019 Planning Meeting. Don't forget, Local Creators and Patrons are invited to Join in the planning process Jan. 12th at the first 2019 SWAN Days planning meeting. RSVP by Jan. 4th 2019. Entry Deadlines TBD at that time. 

Historically, this event has been largely dedicated to local visual artists. This is mostly a logistical issue. This year we are seeking performing arts venues and activities to include in the SWAN Days Agenda. This event is open to women artists working in all genres! From puppet shows to Shakespeare, should the venue be available, we hope to see creative works by our local female performers. 

 Putting the spotlight on women artists every March and April through Support Women Artists Now Day…SheilaLynnK Art Studio and the Belfast Organization for Artists began participating locally in 2014. Local women artists working in all genres are invited to participate. March 30th 2019 we will celebrate The 12th International SWAN Day during SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2019 activities.  

Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is an annual international celebration of women’s creativity and gender parity activism, which was co-founded by Martha Richards of WomenArts and Jan Lisa Huttner of FF2 Media in 2008.

WomenArts led SWAN Day from 2008 – 2018 and selected Statera Foundation to lead SWAN Day starting in 2019.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Making Connections ~ Making Things

In this area, this time of year, many art studios and creative spaces might bare a strong resemblance to Santa's Workshop. 

Local artists and artisans are invited to join with other creators during the BOFA Unfinished Objects day 
today at the Belfast Town Hall. 
It's free to participate. 
No registration required. 
Just bring your materials, 
your works in progress, 
and a willingness to enjoy the 
company of friendly neighbors. 

If you would like to share photos of your works in progress, please send them to with subject: BOFA Creator 
and we will share them
 (with proper credit to you) 
on our blog and  our facebook page

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Creative Unity Inspires Plans and Memories

Established in 2009 in loving memory 
of Amanda Nicole Curcio 

Oct. 17, 1989-May 19, 2007 Virtual Memories Page

October 17th 2007 was a Wednesday.

It was also the day we celebrated Amanda's life 

for the first time

 without her. 

Today we acknowledge twenty-nine years of her creative energy in the world. Hers was a dynamic presence which left a loving mark on all who knew her. As I attended the National Statera Conference for gender parity and equality in the arts this month, I could not keep myself from wondering how different the path might have been had such a resource of unified and dedicated people been available to her during her lifetime. I have to admit that she was in my heart and on my mind when I accepted the invitation to attend. While I walked through this example of what the world could be if the US Congress were as diverse as this union of creative souls, I saw her in the faces of so many of the young artists there seeking what this gathering brought together. 

BOFA was launched, in part, to be sure that others who thrive in the nurturing nest of the arts have access to the creative activities which feed their hearts, minds, and spirits. The arts are essential to human well-being and the pursuit of individual, local, and global Independent Sustainable Wellness. Our local youth truly need these expressive, creative, enlightening opportunities void of cultural bias, gender inequity, and socio-economic barriers as they explore their identities and the path that they will follow as the become the future of our world. 

In addition to that, it was my hope that local creative projects would provide an opportunity for local creators and their patrons to come together with a unified purpose to establish that safe space for our children, together. 

Due to circumstance beyond my control which required me to relocate, it became quite difficult those first few years, for me to follow through on those intentions and to establish that type of connection within the community. 

Kathy Garrison became the events coordinator for the organization in my absence. In the midst of numerous other volunteer obligations and community service projects in the Belfast, NY area; she has held this space over the years so that we can continue the hope of keeping these goals vibrant in the community. During this time she received generous support from Marie Nix and worked to reach out to local creators to include them in the Annual Art Show at the Belfast Public library. Eventually, she also established a FREE Unfinished Objects (UFO) Day at the Belfast Town Hall. On this day, local creators come together to work on their projects in progress and share ideas about new projects in the community. 

We have also been advocates for and participated in the Lawn Concerts at the Belfast Public Library and STRUM ACCORD at Belfast Central School. 

Though our mission has not been a blazing inferno by any means, I am ever-thankful for her dedication to keeping the fires of intentional local creative unity burning. There is a spark there that is worthy of more. The Statera Conference showed me the possibilities. (You can read more about my take aways from the conference here.) Statera Arts is now working in partnership with Women Arts to support SWAN Day. 

With thoughts of the wonderful women artists living in our community and the belief that Amanda, as a musician, poet, and visual artist, had the potential to become one of them, several years ago, in honor of the women and men working diligently to keep the arts accessible to all members of our community; the Belfast Organization for Artists and SheilaLynnK Art Studio began a local annual celebration of this international holiday to celebrate women in the arts. 

Now in its twelfth year, "SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is a growing worldwide movement that spotlights the contributions of diverse women artists. Whether their art involves a longing for cross-cultural understanding, a passion for social justice, or a sheer love of the arts, women are expressing solidarity with each other and sharing their visions with their communities through a wide range of SWAN Day events."
Although we began locally with a small planning party, we have grown into a long term event with an effort to acknowledge and support the other arts activities happening in March and April across the county. 
This winter we are planning our 5th year of  SWAN Days Allegany County, NY activities to take place in March and April 2019. Our local activities are shared on the International SWAN Day calendar so that visitors from outside our region gain access to these events, too. 
This annual celebration has included an art exhibit featuring works by local women artists. During the celebration, local women creators have the opportunity to share and sell their work, win cash awards, and present or teach about their creative gifts. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. Visitors' vote to choose the winners. 
This year, we working to increase the awareness that we welcome works in all genres and hope to include more listings and activities pertaining to women in the performing arts. 

Contact SheilaLynnK Art Studio if you would like to participate in this planning process or have a local event or activity by or for women in the arts that is occurring during that time and we will add it to the calendar. 

The official date for the Twelfth International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 30, 2019, the last Saturday of March, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.


Through independent efforts and in collaboration with Belfast groups and clubs we wish to  
assist artisans to create work and make it available to the public, provide area artisans with links to information and resources, exchange ideas and skills knowledge with area artisans, create new opportunities to show work in the Belfast Area, provide publicity, collaborate with Allegany County Arts organizations, represent Belfast at the County Level, and provide enrichment and service opportunities to community members. 

BOFA welcomes creative minds
Creators from a diverse area of knowledge enrich our community... poets, painters, writers, performers, photographers, fabric artists, woodworkers, book arts, sculptors, potters, graphic designers, framers, and more..

Promoting Creative Unity awareness & participation in the arts in the Belfast, NY Area since 2009.
Events Coordinator,Fabric Artist, Designer, and member; Kathryn Garrison, resides in Belfast, NY
Founder, Artist & Studio Owner,Sheila L. Kalkbrenner assists BOFA from her studio,SheilaLynnK Art Studio in Wellsville, NY.
Retired Founding Member, fabric artist, and community volunteer, Marie Nix resides in Belfast, NY

Follow BOFA on Facebook for links to current resources and information. 

 Contact Sheila at the studio 
if you would like to become an active member and volunteer 
to assist us in achieving our mission.


There is a memorial scholarship set up at Belfast Central School to benefit a student who intends to pursue the arts. 

Donations can be mailed to 
Belfast Central School, 1 King Street, Belfast, NY 14711.  
Checks should be made payable to Belfast Central School, with a memo/note indicating it is a donation to the Amanda Curcio memorial scholarship. 

If anyone has any additional questions, they can reach either Teresa Heaney at 585-365-8297 or 
Bob Lingenfelter CA BOCES District Treasurer 585-365-8289 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autumn Activities

And...We Are Back! 
After a busy summer supporting numerous other community activities we are back in the studio and ready to 
Make and SHARE the Stuff. 
You won't want to miss the Local Celtic Art On Display 
at Walker Metalsmiths Now until September 29th
Featuring local produced Celtic Art and Design 
from the last 50 Years 
Andover Alumni featured include "Scotty" McCrea, 
Dick and John Lang, Jerry Brown, Greg Hardy, Eric MacMichael, Terry Scott and Stephen Walker. 
Other artists featured are: Jennifer Slocum, Sean Hyland, John McHenry, Roxanne Friend, Lyndsay Burr, Lindsey Thurber and Shelby Sullivan.The exhibit will be at 1 Main Street in Andover, NY, at the workshop and former showroom of Walker Metalsmiths,
The Northern Allegany Quilters show will be on display at the Belfast Public Library                        Oct. 1st- 31st 

2018 Wellsville Art Association 
Annual Members' Show
Taking entries Thur. Oct. 4th 3-7:30, Fri. Oct.5th 12-4:30 
Sat. Oct. 6th Hang Show 10-? 
Reception Thur. Oct. 11 5:30-7:30 

OCTOBER 13 & 14, 2018

Allegany Artisans 
Invite you to visit them in their studios.

Don't miss The Allegany Artisans Studio Tour Preview in select studios,

Friday, October 12 5-8 pm.

All participating Studios will be Open October 13th and 14th 

This is an annual cooperative event that includes artisans of diverse styles, tastes and traditions working with clay, wood, metal, fiber, jewelry, paint, glass, paper & more!

Stop in to see works by Belfast Area Artisans 

Only a few of the studios keep regular business hours throughout the year. Many studios function primarily as workshops but artisans are often willing to open their private spaces to visitors by appointment. This is one way to shop locally and directly. Please contact individual artisans to make arrangements.
Area artisans interested in joining the next Studio Tour should Contact Allegany Artisans to apply in the spring. Membership is open to artisans living/working in Allegany County. See Membership information.
This year, Women Arts is partnering with the Statera Foundation to bring quality SWAN Days Activities and benefits to women artists around the world.
WomenArts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. We share news about trailblazing women artists and gender parity activists all year long through the WomenArts Blog and Facebook page.
During March and April, women arts will be collaborating  with the Statera Foundation to put the spotlight on women artists through Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day
Please note that the SWAN Calendar and other information about SWAN Day has moved to the SWAN Day section of the Statera Foundation website.
"WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards will facilitate a discussion with leading SWAN organizers from New York, Connecticut, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Kenya, and the Czech Republic.Although these organizers have often corresponded online over the past eleven years, this will be the first time that they have met each other face-to-face. The goals of this historic gathering will be to share best practices and to find ways to increase the impact of SWAN Day. Richards will also moderate a panel discussion about SWAN Day as part of the main Statera conference on Friday, October 5."
Simeilia Hodge-Dalloway"In addition to its partnership with WomenArts, Statera is collaborating on this year’s conference with Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks, a company dedicated to promoting the work of women onstage and off.
Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, CEO of Artistic Directors of the Future, will give a keynote at the Statera Foundation Conference
There will be a terrific line-up of speakers who will help the attendees reflect on the ways gender parity intersects with other forms of oppression such as stereotypes about race, non-binary genders, body images, and motherhood. There will also be presentations on topics such as being a solo performance artist, emotional well-being for artist/change-makers, and organizing women’s theatre festivals." ~From the Women Arts Blog
By invitation, On Behalf of SWAN Days Allegany County, NY;
Sheila L. Kalkbrenner will be joining the
Statera National Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from October 4-7, 2018. 
While there, she will have the opportunity to discuss SWAN Days planning and opportunities with event organizers from around the world. Then, she will meet with theatre professionals from all over the country for three days of networking, socializing, experience-sharing, theatre-going and more! "The Statera conference is all about intersectional gender balance and our goal is to take action to bring artists who identify as women into full and equal participation in the American theatre and the arts." 
StateraConIII will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and take place on campus at the Peck School of the Arts.
Browse the Schedule. Then Contact Sheila to let her know if there are sessions you feel she could attend to gain more insight into local concerns regarding equality in the arts and ways to increase participation in local performing arts activities.



If you would like to attend the conference, Registration is Open until all seats are full. 

"UPLIFT. AMPLIFY. ADVANCE.  Statera Foundation takes positive action to bring women into full and equal participation in the theatre. Statera, deriving its name from the Latin word for balance, works to expand employment options, improve salary, and remove barriers to growth and achievement through mentorship, research, engagement, education, networking, and support.
Statera Foundation works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, gender, ability, and sexual orientation as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all."
The official date for SWAN Day 2019 is Saturday, March 30, 2019, but please feel free to celebrate any time during March or April. The spirit of SWAN events is more important than the exact dates.
Are you hosting or organizing a 2019 SWAN Day event? Make sure you submit it to the Statera SWAN Day Calendar!
Do you have questions about SWAN Day? Reach out to Statera Foundation directly at

Come help the Tri-County Arts Council celebrate their 20th anniversary and thank the volunteers! Live music, light snacks, cake and beverages will be served at the Arts Council studio, 100 West Main Street, Allegany on Monday evening, October 15th from 4:30-6:30pm. 
This is a free event open to the public.
The Arts Council promotes the creation, presentation and appreciation of arts and culture in the region, while nurturing education and commerce in the arts. A thriving arts and cultural community is essential for vibrant communities - especially in rural areas like ours. For 20 years, the Tri-County Arts Council (formerly the Cattaraugus County Arts Council) has played a pivotal role in supporting the arts in the region, and our recent name change reflects our official expansion to Allegany and Chautauqua counties. Last year we:
● Supported 30 organizations and artists with over $70,000 of grant funding to bring programming to communities in all three counties
● Hosted 13 gallery exhibitions at three locations through partnerships with other community organizations
● Offered more than 60 classes at which over 300 community members experienced engaging art classes
● Provided opportunities for artists to grow their creative businesses through professional development classes, sales opportunities and art festivals
Tri-County Arts looks forward to strengthening the many relationships and collaborations that we have built over the years in the tri-county region. So whether you create art, or just appreciate the value it brings to our lives, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate our anniversary!



Thursday, May 17, 2018

May Days, Makers, and Memories


SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2018
~ "Phoenix Costume, "Faux the Phoenix" (Upcycled Materials)~Kristen Kruger
~ "Phoenix Costume, "Faux the Phoenix" (Upcycled Materials)  ~Kristen Kruger
~ "Pail by Comparison" (Watercolor)~ Pat Shannon Gay
~ "Garments of Praise" (Colored Pencil)~ Wendy Skinner
 ~ "The Moon Broom" (Wood burning, Wood, Broom Corn) ~ Debra Mersereau  
Principal Sponsors
Belfast Organization for Artists 
Creative Wellness Theme Basket Featured Entrepreneurs

Ann and Jack Holland! 
(Video of the ticket drawing was posted in the SWAN Days Allegany County NY 
event page on facebook here. )

Congratulations to BOFA member Daniel Fox who won this year's Allegany Arts Association's 11th Annual Poetry Contest/Slam.

 On April 19, 2018, he competed with other poets at the Wellsville Library. His poem "Out of the Migrant Streams Endless Floods" was voted the best of the presentations. Angelica Community Radio (WRAQ, 92.7 FM) broadcast the poetry from this contest on April 20 and 21, 2018. Selections of Dan's poetry can be seen on weekly rotations at the Belfast Public Library in Belfast, NY. Look for a new poem every Saturday. Dan read his popular poem, "Out of the Migrant Streams Endless Flood, pointing out we are all immigrants. He also read, "The Journey" and a short poem "A Voice We Need" exhorting women to speak and be heard.

Are you a painter? Know a painter? Genesee Valley Conservancy will give you a free canvas to paint a work inspired by the Genesee Valley! Contact them for details!
"Free 12”x12” canvases are being distributed throughout the spring and summer to artists to produce a work inspired by the Genesee Valley.  Other than the inspiration, everything else is up to the artist.  The style, scene, and method will be determined by each individual artist and their unique creativity.
The goal of the project, titled Genesee Valley 100 for the number of canvases to be painted, is to showcase the many unique artists in the region while highlighting the beauty and significance of the Genesee Valley....Works will be collected until October 20th and then displayed in digital and physical shows for the public before works are returned to the artists...More information on Genesee Valley 100 can be found on the Conservancy website.  Artists interested should contact Jim with a brief description of their idea for the project and to arrange receiving their canvas.This project is being supported in part by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts grant program and Steuben Trust Company.Details can be found here."
Allegany Artisans, Together with Friends Artisan & Craft Fair
"The second annual "Allegany Artisans With Friends" art show is Saturday June 9th (10-3) at The McLane Center, Alfred University. We are hoping to spread the word that there is available spaces for vending. If you or someone you know is interested please message me. We have spaces left and are open to meeting new artists. Last years show was very successful with 22 Allegany artisans along with 16 artist friends. We intend to build this show to one of the largest art gatherings in the Southern Tier. 
If you or someone you know would like more information please get in touch. It's a fun day surrounded by beautiful art collections and good friends. Thank you for sharing our message. See you there." ~Allegany Artisans 


Mountain Home Magazine is a publication promoting Pennsylvania and the New York Finger Lakes Regions. They frequently have contests and opportunities for local artists, photographers, and writers. Find out more about them when you Visit their website.

FUNDING for the Arts

  • FACE Foundation is accepting applications for the New Music Fund.                Deadline June 7th. 

  • The Vilcek Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 Creative Promise Prizes in Culinary Arts. Deadline June 11th. 

  • The Fledgling Fund is accepting proposals for their Outreach and Engagement Fund and Rapid Story Deployment Fund. 
  • The Aaron Copland Fund for Music is accepting applications for its Performance Program. Deadline June 30th  


Guilford's Corner Store in Belfast has vendor space available.

Looking for people interested in renting a space to 
showcase what you sell...hand crafted, home made goodies,direct sales, etc.


"How can we support you if we cannot find you?"

That is one of the biggest and most common responses I have gotten when asking visitors what they think local women artists need most. Marketing, advertising, public listings...all speak to a need to increase awareness of the work you are making. 
Local women Creators in Allegany County, NY and surrounding areas...
Let’s make a directory of what you do (visual, performance, music, any genre), 
where you are, and how people can find your work.
Send your name,  description of your work, PUBLIC contact info/website/links, location to: 
SWAN List at 
SheilaLynnK Art Studio 345 South Main St. Wellsville NY 14895
or email:  subject: SWAN List 
As the list grows, you will be updated on where to find it, how to share it, and receive news about opportunities for local artists. 


Allegany County Sunrise ~ Quilt by BOFA Member and Fabric Artists, Kathryn Garrison 


The Belfast Public Library is looking to replenish crafting supplies at the children's annex.
 If you are doing your spring cleaning and come across anything you think might be useful, 
they would be happy to take it off your hands.
All donations are greatly appreciated!
75 South Main Street, Belfast, NY
Hours: Mon. 10-1, Tues. 3-7, Wed. 10-1, 3-7, Thurs. 3-7, Sat. 10-1
Story Time Ages 0-5 is held on Wednesdays from 11a.m. to Noon


"A Wish For Tea" Artist ~ Bonnie Leigh 

May 18th 6pm - 7pm  Artist's Reception at Wide Awake Library Club featuring Art by Bonnie Leigh. 

"Meet our May artist, Bonnie Leigh on Friday, May 18th at 6:00 pm in our Community Room. (Light refreshments will be served) Bonnie will be discussing her work "NOW & THEN: A RETROSPECTIVE OF MY LIFE IN ART". Questions for the artist? Contact Bonnie at or 585-365-2104"

Artists Among Us Touring Art Program FREE art exhibit 

2018 Host Sites:The Fountain Arts Center Belmont, NY, Houghton College Community Gallery Houghton NY, Cuba Library, UR Medicine/Jones Memorial Hospital Wellsville NY, Allegany County Office for the Aging, and SheilaLynnK Art Studio. 

"Artists Among Us" is a touring art program created by the Fountain Arts Center, Belmont, NY. The Artists Among Us program is funded in part by the New York State Council On The Arts Decentralization ReGrant Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered through the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Keeping the Arts Accessible to all members of our rural community...
FREE and open to the public 
Works by participating artist, Patrick Foster,
 are currently on display at 
SheilaLynnK Art Studio 
345 South Main Street Wellsville, NY

Americas greatest author and humorist will be brought to life through the considerable talents of actor Mike Randall! He began impersonating Americas greatest author at the age of seventeen! Over forty years and more than two thousand performances later, Mike Randall continues to enjoy his close encounter with Mark Twain. He has brought Mark Twain Live to dinner theaters, regional theaters and historical societies around the country delivering a breathtaking performance of remarkable subtlety and depth. Several hours of makeup combined with the actors mannerisms, speech and Twain's actual words create a startling realistic portrait of Americas original stand-up comic Mark Twain! Mike Randall is the official Mark Twain of the annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville, California and the Annual Mark Twain Birthday Bash & Symposium in Buffalo NY. He is also the only Mark Twain impersonator to be acknowledged by the Daughters of the America Revolution for his authenticity. Mike Randall is the senior Meteorologist at WKBW-TV Channel 7 in Buffalo, NY. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at call (585) 209-5512. Tickets also may be purchased at The Palmer Event Center and Opera House at 12 W. Main St, Cuba, NY.


During SWAN Days Allegany County NY, 
visitors were asked to answer questions about what local artists need most to succeed in Allegany County. 
One of the most common answers was, "a place to connect and create together." So, here it is! ...and it is FREE! 
AND FOLLOW #FREE2Create UPDATES from SheilaLynnK Art Studio HERE

These FREE programs are made possible by
Studio sales, fundraisers, and generous contributions from SheilaLynnK Art Studio Patrons.If you would like to make a Tax-deductible contribution to support BOFA and other Charitable Art Projects and Events at SheilaLynnK Art Studio you can
 find out more about that HERE.


The Belfast Organization for Artists 
was founded in loving memory of Amanda.
Amanda Nicole Curcio October 17 1989 - May 19 2007
There is a memorial scholarship set up at Belfast Central School to benefit a student who intends to pursue the arts. 
Donations can be mailed to 
Belfast Central School, 1 King Street, Belfast, NY 14711.  
Checks should be made payable to Belfast Central School, with a memo/note indicating it is a donation to the Amanda Curcio memorial scholarship. 

If anyone has any additional questions, they can reach either
Teresa Heaney at 585-365-8297 or 

Bob Lingenfelter CA BOCES District Treasurer
Serving Belfast (Mon & Thur) 585-365-8289 &
Friendship (Wed & Fri) 585-973-7618
Alternating between districts on Tuesdays

(Availability Subject to change)


Life Way Youth Center's Biggest Event of the Year

Youth Walk on 
Saturday June 2! 
 So much fun 
its helping 
Lifeway Youth Center!

Wide Awake Club Library; Fillmore, NY June 9th 9:30-Noon

Have you always wanted to learn to sew! The library is offering a FREE sewing workshop.This workshop will continue until the 2nd Saturday of the month but will be taking a break during July, August, and September.  

AAA Summer Arts Festival
Administrator, Molly Pike, will be announcing
FREE youth art classes for July and August 2018.

Check with your local library as they may offer additional classes. Summer Arts Festival classes are free
for all Allegany County children.
Check the Allegany Arts Association Website
or call 585-466-6210 for
updated information
when it becomes available.  
AAA Programming and services are made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, administered by the Cattaraugus County Council on the Arts, and by donations from local citizens and organizations.

Other Free Art Events

During Winter Break - Cabin Fever
During Spring Break - Spring Fling
"The Summer Arts Festival programming runs from the end of the school year until the beginning of the next school year, typically July through August but some classes begin in late June. Class schedules are made to fit the needs of each community, the availability of the instructor and availability of a public location. Participating locations could include local libraries, community centers, schools, fire halls, churches and fraternal organizations. To keep costs at a minimal, free space or donated space is best and must be open to the public. Private property is not allowed.

Instructors are paid an hourly rate plus cost of materials. A Class Outline, age range for students and number of students if class size needs to be limited should be provided. Classes could include drawing, painting, printing, book art, collage, music, movement and so much more.

If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact me at: or call 585-466-6210 or 585-268-5710 and leave a message.

Sincerely yours,
Molly Pike Riccardi"