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"

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Matters


(Photo posted in the public domain by Paul Curcio, Belfast, NY)
March opened up with wet heavy snow, 18 inches in some places, and power outages over about half of the county. Dedicated crews worked through the cold, wet, hazardous conditions into the wee hours of darkness to restore heat to our community. 
We are thankful for their courage, hard work and dedication! 

SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Days are underway. 
The Wellsville Art Association photo show opened March 1st at the David A. Howe Library. Don't miss the numerous other Creative Events and Activities happening in the coming weeks. 

SWAN Days Allegany County, NY Calendar of Local Activities 
March 29th 1-4pm B.O.F.A. Unfinished Objects Day at the Belfast Town Hall, 
Belfast, NY. FREE, BYO supplies, Walk-ins Welcome.

New this year 
Send a SWAN-o-Gram 
Tell an artist how much you value her Creative Work.
Send a Custom Greeting of appreciation to a Woman Artist. 
DEADLINE: March 25th 
Cost $4 ea. (Includes postage and NYS sales tax) 
Via USPS she will receive this supportive message and ONE complimentary entry ($2 value) for a chance to win the Creative Wellness Theme Basket. promoting our local resources. SWAN-o-Gram Custom Greetings are an official Fundraising Project of SWAN Days Allegany County, NY. Your fair market rate SWAN-o-Gram purchases are NOT tax-deductible. 

You may also be interested in 

Meeting at Cuba Circulating Library the 3rd Monday of each month, Spectrum is a supportive group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) teens, as well as those who are questioning their identity, have LGBT+ friends or family members, or just care about LGBT+ issues.

Remembering BOFA member~Janine Preston
Her kind, generous, creative spirit will be remembered by many.
Belfast, NY - Janine M. Preston, age 66, of Belfast, NY, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2018. She was born in Cuba, New York, on October 4, 1951, to James “Red” and Marie (McMahon) Allen. Memorials in her honor may be made to the
 Belfast Public Library Board, P.O. Box 455, Belfast, NY, 14711.More Details

Artists in the Belfast Area are invited to share their work. Send images of your work or a link to your website to and it will be posted on the website.
BOFA members are also invited to display work at the art show in August. 
Contact Sheila or Kathy to sign up.
Support the Arts in Belfast, NY
Sponsor an event, workshop, or activity; donate your time; display our announcements
 at your business; loan space for art gatherings; additional suggestions welcome! 
BOFA Contacts
 Founder, Sheila L. Kalkbrenner 
at SheilaLynnK Art Studio
Wellsville, NY 
Events Coordinator, Kathy Garrison
Belfast, NY 

B.O.F.A. was founded in loving memory of artist, writer, poet, musician, Amanda Nicole Curcio. Established to promote creative unity in the Belfast,NY area, 
BOFA has been active since 2009. 

BOFA Level A $15 
BOFA Level B $35 
BOFA Level C $45 
100% of your support will benefit the Belfast Organization for Artists 
This is a fundraiser for BOFA, 
a charitable Creative Community Action project of 
Contributions are not tax-deductible at this time.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Greetings for a New Year!

 BEGAN THE NEW YEAR With Many Thanks to all who assisted with the BOFA Christmas tree in the park! and...

 With a private BOFA Work Day on January 1st at the Belfast Town Hall from 10-4.  Participants finished two quilts in progress and complete a top for another one and enjoyed a chicken provencal, ham and sandwiches, tossed salad, and desserts. 

Now we are jumping right in to sending out invitations and announcement about upcoming SWAN Days Activities 

March 29th 1-4pm ~BOFA will be participating in SWAN Days 2018 with a UFO Day at the Belfast Town Hall.  

This week I enjoyed a wonderful visit at the David A. Howe Library with a chance to see the current exhibit featuring artwork by Tracy Hetzel of Wellsville. 

"During the day on Wednesday, family and friends of Tracy Hetzel will be hanging her latest show in the Exhibition Room at the David A. Howe Library where it will be on display during regular library hours throughout the month. Although Tracy Hetzel will not be at the hanging, she hopes to make it to Wellsville to see it at the library later this month. The exhibit, dubbed “Camouflage” was previously on display at the Hinkle Library on the campus of Alfred State College in November." Kathryn Ross, Wellsville Daily Reporter 

Preview her work on her website 

January 11th ~ Houghton College ~ Faculty Recital Sharon Johnson, Guest Artist Nancy Davis, 7:30pm Wesley Chapel

January 13th ~ Houghton Faculty Art Exhibit Reception 6pm, Ortlip Gallery, through Jan. 26th

Jan. 3rd-31st ~"Creative Wellness Works" art exhibit at Wide Awake Library in Fillmore, NY. Intro to Creative Wellness presentation and Meet-the-Artist, Sheila L. Kalkbrenner, January 18th at 5:30pm.

January 19th 7pm Cuba Library's Annual Masquerade Ball at the Palmer Opera House

January 21st 3 p.m.~ Friends of Good Music and the Regina A. Quick Center present: Buffalo Chamber Players

Janaury 25th 7pm ~ Peregrine Road Concert at the David A. Howe Library/Nancy Howe Auditorium, Wellsville, NY

January 25th 7pm  Event Debut ~ Karaoke Night at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center. Future plans for Karaoke Night the last Thursday of every month from 7-9pm. Dinner Served 5:30-8:30pm

Thursdays, Acoustic Open Mic Night at the Palmer Opera House, Cuba, NY

1st and 3rd Thursdays Northern Allegany County Quilters 1-4pm Fillmore Wesleyan Family Center, all skill levels welcome. Call 585-365-8856

"Different Strokes for a Sunday Painter" exhibit, featuring work by Craig Prophet, will be on display at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center from December 4th to February 3rd.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Winter 2017


The sun is shining and my pansies are still growing on my sun porch but, from experience, I know this is a temporary lull. Winter Is coming. 

This year, BOFA members Kathy, Sharon and Larry will be decorating the BOFA Christmas tree at the Belfast Christmas Trees in the Park. Our tree will feature Tune Tangles designs colored by grandchildren of BOFA members. 
The Lighting ceremony is 
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017, at 6:30 PM. 
Trees will be on display until January 6, 2018. 

Our Tree in 2015


SWAN Day Allegany County NY is held in honor of the many creative local women (and Men) working hard to bring the arts to our rural community. Thank You so Much for All That You Do!
NOW PLANNING FOR SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2018
SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed by to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Local residents can be a part of SWAN Day by participating in our local event where local women artists have FREE access to a space to show, sell, and present the work that they do. 
Join us for our first 2018  planning meeting 1-3pm at the Studio on Jan. 20, 2018. 
RSVP by Jan. 15th.
Jan 2018 Call For SWAN Day Sponsors at
Jan 31st ~ Deadline to book FREE studio/gallery space for your creative presentation or workshop. Rental FEES are waived for local women artists during SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2018~March 27th-April 9th
Feb 2018 Announcing SWAN Days Art Show & Sale CALL FOR ENTRIES BY LOCAL WOMEN ARTISTS & Their Children (age 5-18). Entry Fee $10. Ready-to-display/hang entries accepted
March 23rd 1-5pm and March 24th 1-4pm at
SheilaLynnK Art Studio 345 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY.
Awards Determined by Visitors’ Votes.    Awards TBA April 9th.  Categories Include:
“BEST IN SHOW (Adult)” $100, “Best Artistic Composition” $40, “Most Unique” $40, “Best Presentation” $35, “Best TEEN Entry (14-17)” $25, “Best PreTEEN Entry (ages 10-13)” $25, “Best Youth Entry (ages 5-9)” $25.
This is a FREE Exhibit open to the public during regular studio hours and special events.
  BECOME A 2018 SPONSOR of SWAN Days Allegany County NY or support this event via check made payable to: SheilaLynnK Art Studio 345 South Main Street Wellsville, NY 14895. Memo: SWAN Days Allegany County,NY This is a for profit business. Payment for Sponsorship listings is NOT tax-deductible.
I launched the Belfast Organization for Artists (B.O.F.A.) in loving memory of artist, writer, poet, musician, Amanda Nicole Curcio in 2009 to promote creative unity in the Belfast, NY area. You might also be interested in following BOFA on Facebook
Direct Support  for the Belfast Organization For  Artists can be made online here:
 BOFA Level A $15          BOFA Level B $35            BOFA Level C $45
100% of your support will benefit the Belfast Organization for Artists. However, this is a charitable project of a for-profit business. Payments to support BOFA events and activities are not covered under fiscal sponsorship at this time. As such, these contributions are NOT tax-deductible.