Wednesday, May 29, 2019

UFO Day May 30th

UFO Day is held the 5th Thursday, and is set
for May 30 from 1 to 4 pm at the Belfast Town Hall.

This activity is free and open to the public.
Contact Kathy Garrison,
BOFA & NACQ Events Coordinator to learn about more plans for 2019.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Never Gone~Memorial Post~Amanda


BOFA was founded in loving memory of artist, writer, poet, and musician,
Amanda Nicole Curcio. 
Established to promote creative unity in the Belfast, NY area; our small team has been active since 2009. 

Also in her memory, SWAN Days Allegany County, NY grew out of a desire to celebrate local female creators and provide resources for all creators to incorporate the arts in our daily lives. 

Working with the Belfast Public Library and the Belfast Town Hall, our kind and dedicated events coordinator, Kathryn Garrison; continues to maintain BOFA's activities for artists in the Belfast community. 

The Amanda Nicole Curcio 
Memorial Scholarship Fund at Belfast Central School 
If you would like to donate to the scholarship directly
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

Events Coordinator,Fabric Artist, and Designer; Kathryn Garrison, resides in Belfast, NY
Artist & Studio Owner,Sheila L. Kalkbrenner assists BOFA from SheilaLynnK Art Studio in Wellsville, NY.
Fabric artist, poet, and community volunteer, Marie Nix resides in Belfast, NY

A charitable Creative Community Action project of SheilaLynnK Art Studio, you can follow updates in the free BOFA activity feed on her patreon page or Follow BOFA on Facebook.. 

 Contact Sheila at the studio 
if you would like to become an active member and volunteer 
to assist us in achieving our mission.
Support BOFA here
BOFA Level A $15 
BOFA Level B $35 
BOFA Level C $45 
100% of your support will benefit the Belfast Organization for Artists

Sunday, March 31, 2019

SWAN Days 2019 Awards and Prizes

SWAN Day March 30, 2019
Sunday, March 30th, SWAN Days Allegany County, NY celebrated the 12th International SWAN Day with a Pot-Luck Luncheon for our local women artists and the community members keeping the arts accessible here. 
It was wonderful to witness local creators connecting as guests from neighboring towns and diverse socio-economic backgrounds had an opportunity to meet each other and learn more about individual projects, new creations, and creative activities happening in Allegany County, NY. 
                               SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2019 Activities 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

2019 SWAN Days Allegany County NY

(Updated 2.27.19) 
Always dedicated to the arts, Allegany County NY will be showing its support for local women artists from March 1st to April 30th during our SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2019 activities.
Libraries, local businesses, and other venues are invited to host and share activities by, for, and about women in the arts.
These activities are posted here on our public calendar.
This is a free listing available to anyone hosting a local SWAN-worthy activity. Contact the studio to have your event included.
Information and updates will be posted as they come available.  
Your patience is greatly appreciated as we continue to receive information about local activities.  
Complete list with locations and links (when available) coming asap!
(Update 2.27.19)
 March 1st at 7:30pm Alfred University Performing Arts will be presenting The Story Box. A one woman show by Suzi Takahashi with original music by M. Gomez. At the Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred, NY.
A Japanese-American woman finds a mysterious box left to her by the previous generation, and through it, a voice for her family’s history of immigration, internment, and silence. Set just after 9/11, it follows her story as she seeks refuge from NYC in the months following the attack.
This work was originally co-commissioned by the Women’s Rights National Park and the Bristol Valley Theater for its 2017 “Hear Me Roar” Celebration
More details on their website or find it on Facebook 
March 2nd 10am-3pm  and March 6th 3pm Stained Glass Class w/Linda Simons @The Palmer $40 Limited seats available. Call (585) 209-5512 to reserve yours today!
First TWO Weeks of March the Belfast Public Library Features Women Artists with a display consisting of Non-fiction and Biography works. This selection will also include some things honoring the Girl Scouts of America.  
March 5th 7pm The Feminist Roots of Wonder Woman at David A. Howe LibraryMonday Club Room  Laurie Lounsberry McFadden is the Interim Dean of Libraries at Alfred University. She will be giving a talk on the history of comic books/pop culture with a focus on the background of Wonder Woman and how her evolution traces the women's movement in the US. 
March 6th 6-8:30 Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class w/ Elaine @Cuba Circulating Library
Artisan Elaine Hardman will teach a class in herringbone wire-wrapped jewelry making. The class will make wire wrapped bracelets. Anyone 14 & older may sign up for the class on their own. Those 10 -13 may sign up with an adult. The cost is $5 per person. Class size is limited. Registration is required, so please stop in or call the library at 585-968-1668 to sign up.   Find it on Facebook 
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.
March 6th 7-9pm Creative Wellness Circle at SheilaLynnK Art Studio Wellsville NY RSVP by March 1st  
Growing a local Circle of Natural Feminine Energy for
Creative Wellness & Intentional Unity
Together let’s create a safe local environment
for Sustainable Independent Wellness. Every New Moon we gather with a new theme to align our intention for personal and global healing.
We will highlight important causes,share powerful resources and take action together.Aswe transform ourselves,we transform the world. IN 2019 Moving into our THIRD year of local sacred sister new moon circle gatherings. Woohoo! Celebrating the connections and growth we have shared;I look forward to leaning into the shifting energies which shape our individual, community, and global evolution with you. YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE CREATIVE WELLNESS NEW MOON CIRCLE To participate in the intentional expansion and enrichment of our Sacred Sister Circle Experience.  March 2019 Creative Wellness Circle News
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MARCH 8th 3-7pm SWAN Art Show Pre-Registration @ SheilaLynnK Art Studio 345 South Main Street Wellsville, NY 585-593-4161 [For participating local women artists and youth who have not already pre-registered online.] GET MORE DETAILS AND ENTRY FORM 
 March 9th 12-2pm Belfast Braids Rug Braiding Class begins. This is a four week class meeting on Saturdays from Noon to 2pm ~pre-register call PeggyAnn 585-365-2506. PeggyAnn is a talented local artisan currently creating beautiful fiber art in Belfast, NY 
  March 14th 3:30 – 4:30 Endless Winter Book Club at David A. Howe Library featuring works by Liane Moriarty Meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month these meetings continue in March, and April at 3:30 pm with a final tea party at the Duke House. Books we'll read are: What Alice Forgot, The Husband's Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty. We will finish with a compare/contrast of Big Little Lies with the HBO series at the tea party. Sign-up at the library's main desk.
March 23rd 10am-2pm Hanging SWAN Days Allegany County, NY Art Show Entries at David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, NY. Featuring works by local women artists, the show will be open to the public until March 30th. Awards from $20 to $100 will be determined by visitors’ votes from 4-7:30pm March 28th. Light refreshments available. Stop in to vote for your favorites! Winners TBA March 30th. 
The Last Two Weeks of March the Belfast Public Library Features Women Artists with displays about Crafting & Home Arts. The Belfast Organization for Artists will exhibit items from local women artists. This series will also include some quilted items to also honor National Quilting Day on March 16th. 
March 26th 2pm Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own” @ David A. Howe Library. Free and open to the public in the Nancy Howe Auditorium.  
March 27th 3:30 Adult Craft Class with Sheila L. Kalkbrenner @David A.Howe Library. Participants will be making Upcycled art baskets from paper bags and newspaper. Contact the library to sign up. 585-593-3410 or email  
March 28th 4-7:30pm SWAN Art Show Voting/Reception @David A. Howe Library Light Refreshments Provided  
March 30th Noon-3 SWANDay Party @Trinity Lutheran Church 470 North Main Street Wellsville, NY   rsvp By 3.1.19. A PARTY FOR OUR LOCAL CREATORS WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE ARTS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR RURAL COMMUNITY. This is a FREE event Bring yourself and a dish-to-pass. Invite a friend to join you! Winners of our SWAN Days Art Show and Sale at David A. Howe library will be announced at this time. With a big Thank You! To all of you for the work you do to keep the arts accessible to all members of our rural community, SheilaLynnK Art Studio, the Belfast Organization for Artists, and the SWAN Day Planning Team invite you to join us for a 2019 SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Pot-Luck Lunch Party as we celebrate the 12th International SWAN Day!
Put your best Swan forward. Wear or bring a swan item to show at the door
to be eligible for a fun door prize.
A table will also be available to display your biz cards, artsy news, and
details about your favorite women artists!
If you have seen somebody SWAN-ing along beside you please be sure to extend this invitation w/RSVP details to them as well.
The first 2 weeks of April the Belfast Public Library Features Women Artists with displays about Poetry (April is National Poetry Month), Music, and Art representing women in the visual and auditory arts. The Belfast Organization for Artists will exhibit items from local women artists.
 April 5th 7-9pm Creative Wellness Circle at SheilaLynnK Art Studio Wellsville NYRSVP by March 29th   
 April 6th 6-9pm Tri County Arts Council Black & White Ball Bartlett Country Club Join Tri-County Arts for our annual Celebration of the Arts! This year the event is a Black and White Ball with a live band to dance the night away. Tickets are $50 each and are on sale now at Wine, Beer, and food are included. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at
April 21st – April 27th Allegany Arts Association Hosts “Spring Fling” Free Art Classes for Local Youth Multiple Locations TBA. Currently organized by an all-female board of directors, The Allegany Arts Association Board and its members are dedicated to providing equitable services for the expansion of access to the arts for all members of our community. 
The Last 2 weeks of April the Belfast Public Library Features Women Artists with displays about women in Fiction, Film, and Photography.  The Belfast Organization for Artists will exhibit items from local women artists. 
April 24th 6-7:30pm at Cuba Circulating Library 
Local artist Patience Wnek will teach a One Stroke painting. Students will be instructed in the use and application of One Stroke painting techniques. Each student will create their own beautiful work of art and be able to apply what they have learned to a variety of different surfaces. All skill levels welcome. There is a $5 materials fee per student due on the night of the class. Space in the class is limited, so please call the library to register at 585-968-1668. 
The program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Tri-County Arts Council.
April 27th 1pm Beats Dance Studio 3rd Annual Beats Special Needs Dance Show Case at Wellsville High School Auditorium 
With an all-female board of directors, their mission is to create a safe and caring environment for dancers with special needs to come together as a community and share their passion for dance by performing in a show. Visit their website or find them on facebook. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

2019 Already In Progress~Happy New Year!

SWAN Days Allegany County, NY  2019 

Celebrated locally from 2014 to 2018 to shine a light on our local Women Artists as a Creative resource; SWAN Day Allegany County NY has been held in honor of 
the many creative people working hard to 
keep the arts accessible to all members of our rural community.
Local artists and entrepreneurs, to include your activity on our 2019 Calendar contact Sheila by Feb. 15th if you would like your event to be added to this free listing.

This year StateraArts has launched a campaign designed to AMPLIFY the voices and work of women artists as part of SWAN Day. The goal is to flood social media every Sunday with images, quotes, and work from women artists.
Want to get involved in this powerful social action? It’s easy!

UPLIFT and AMPLIFY a woman artist using the hashtag #SWANsunday. Post about them and their work. Pick a new artist every Sunday.

To keep up with SWAN Days 2019

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