Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Free2Create Workshop for Teens



 










CREATIVE WELLNESS ART ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS

Free2Create Workshop for ages 12 to 14
Session One December 17, 2022
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 12th
Limited seats available.
Contact: belfastorganizationforartists@gmail.com
A Collaborative Project of
The Belfast Organization For Artists
and
Rise Above Holistic Wellness Center
2023 Art Activities for other age groups TBA 

Arts Access Passholders Welcome 
Arts Access Passholders may contact ASI to 
request assistance with transportation to this event. 
People under 18 years old must be 
accompanied by an adult when 
receiving these transportation services. 
FIND OUT MORE HERE

This FREE workshop is made possible by patrons like you
Thank you! 

In case you missed the post about these "Angels Among Us" ornaments, 
here is the link 




Sunday, November 27, 2022

Christmas Trees in the Belfast Park

 

Kathy Garrison adding paper ornaments
The Belfast Organization for Artists has been participating in the annual Belfast Lions Club Trees in the Park since 2012. 

Every year members work together to create a unique theme and wire the ornaments to the outside tree. 

The BOFA theme this year is "Angels Among Us" 

The tree lighting ceremony is planned for Dec. 4th. 

Participating members, Sharon, Elaine, Barb, Cecy, Kathy, and Sheila colored approximately 86 paper ornaments for use on the BOFA tree and for donation to the Belfast Historical Society and the Belfast Library for their respective trees. Larry and Kathy collaborated on the tree topper to create a method for the ten foot ribbons to stream and flow down the sides of the tree. 

BOFA members are also collaborating with the Belfast Historical society to do a seasonal, Family Christmas theme for their storefront window. Families have contributed copies of original holiday family photos. 

More to come in 2023 

Kathy Garrison, the BOFA events coordinator, is also working on plans for the UFO Days schedule in 2023. Pending confirmation from the Town Hall, these activities will take place 3/30/2023, 6/29/2023, 8/31/2023, and 11/30/2023. The official Unfinished Objects Days schedule will be posted when we have more information. 

BOFA members are also collaborating with the Belfast Historical Society planning committee to include local art and creators in the 2024 Bicentennial Celebrations. 



Saturday, November 12, 2022

"Angels Among Us" ~ Coloring Page Ornaments

 

Art Every Day Month Days 8 to 12 

I've been working on ornaments for BOFA. On Day 10, I also met with Arts Service Initiative of Western, NY as we work to bring the Arts Access Pass Program to Allegany County. This easy program provides local residents receiving income-based state assistance with free admission and transportation to arts activities. Eligibility and registration information can be found here.






2022 ORNAMENTAL COLORING PAGES ~ “Angels Among Us”

(Shown above) Donated to the Belfast, NY Community

by the Belfast Organization for Artists (BOFA). 

BOFA members will be coloring some of these ornaments

to hang on their annual tree in the Belfast Park Circle.

Tree lighting is December 4, 2022.

An easy to print pdf of all twelve ornaments is attached on Patreon here for your personal use. 

For best results, use colored pencil for these pages. 

Enjoy! 

Local patrons may also obtain prints of any of these twelve ornaments to color for themselves or friends and family at the Belfast Public Library during regular library hours.

It's been a very busy week full of creative Things! 

Patrons make it possible for me to create and share Little Things like this. 

Thanks so much for holding this space!

Belfast Organization for Artists on facebook 

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Amanda Nicole Curcio Memorial Scholarship Update 2022

 

Senior Photo of Amanda 
Oct. 17, 1989 - May 19, 2007
The Amanda Nicole Curcio Scholarship has moved to the Allegany County Area Foundation
"This was the first step in transitioning the Amanda scholarship fund from an annual fund to a "Perpetual Scholarship" which guarantees that a contribution will live on in perpetuity. One of the last things Amanda wrote was that she did not want to be forgotten, this will help to ensure Amanda's last wish is fulfilled." ~ Joe Curcio




This scholarships still "benefits Belfast Central School students who reflect Amanda’s care and concern for others and display a solid academic record, with special consideration given to applicants showing an interest in creative writing and/or intent to pursue this at the college level.

BCS seniors and graduates may apply for the scholarship through ACAF’s regular online application, which will open on November 1.
This scholarship was originally created in 2007 and school-based before being moved to ACAF this summer."

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Bruce Campbell at ACAF at director@acafny.org or 585-296-5616.

"Though Amanda lived in several places throughout the state of New York, she loved Belfast and considered it home. She liked the outdoors, music, playing sports, and treasured time with her family and friends. Creative, sensitive, and artistic, Amanda played the guitar and was especially interested in creative writing, drawing, art, and poetry.
She contributed greatly to the Belfast Central School through her kind, caring, and positive nature. Amanda enjoyed making people laugh, smile and appreciate time spent together. She helped others to find their community of friends within BCS and to thrive there. Always very mindful of others, looking out for their well-being and happiness."

Thanks to the Wellsville Sun for posting this story.  

Friday, August 19, 2022

Featured Artist Series ~ August 19, 2022

Today we are featuring Patricia Hodgkins, a photographer, ceramic artist, and poet from Wellsville, NY. 



Crab Alfredo

It's the way I remember you in my bowl of crab alfredo

And sometimes even in my big toe

The way you remembered your mother in yours

Which is funny because we aren't even related

And I can picture us sitting there on a bench in the mall

Eating Auntie Anne's pretzel sticks with mustard and cheese 

I can picture the look you would have on your face when I told you "sometimes my big toe reminds me of you"

I can picture us laughing about it almost to the point of tears

Making a fool of ourselves without a care in the world

But what I can't remember is the sound of your laugh 

Because it's been so long since I've heard it

I used to see you still, driving around town, or walking in Giant, but not anymore

And I can't decide how to feel about that.

Part of me misses thinking, even for just a split second, that things are the way they should be

I get so angry at the fact that you were taken away from us

And I can't find a rhyme or a reason as to why you were

And that's because there isn't one

I think that's what makes the anger so hard to let go of

And, so, anger and sadness take turns wreaking havoc inside of me

I don't know how to not be angry at the world for you being gone

And I will never stop being sad about it

But I see you there between the flakes of imitation crab and the alfredo sauce 

And for those 10 minutes, it's almost like you're here again.

 

© Patricia Hodgkins

In memory of Shawntelle Kalkbrenner Santas 




We are looking forward to seeing more of Tricia's creative projects in the future. 

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ABOUT THIS CALL FOR LOCAL ART
Theme: "Celebrate the Little Things"
In addition to our 'Little Things" exhibit at the Belfast Public Library, we are now accepting digital submissions (a jpg photo file of your own artwork or word document of your poetry or your short written work) from Belfast, NY Area Artists for featured art on our fb cover page and blog. Featured Artists Posts will begin August 2022.
Send your entry to belfastorganizationforartists@gmail.com

Subject: Share my Art
Include:
Title, Media, Your Name, Bio., and a brief description of the work.

***Your digital submission of an image of your own original art serves as consent to show your work, with full credit to you, on the BOFA blog and FB page.***

BOFA reserves the right to select material and content appropriate for our pages and message.
Entries will be considered in the order they are received.


Friday, August 12, 2022

Featured Artist Series ~ August 12, 2022

Today we are featuring, Michael Leroy Whitney, a visual artist/photographer residing in Angelica, NY. You can find some of his other projects at GratefulTieDye.com. 

"Dan in Black and White" is a photograph from a recent performance of The Woodshed Prophets


ABOUT THIS ENTRY 

Title: Dan in Black and White

Media: Photograph

Bio: “Freelance Photographer for over 15 years with a love for capturing the world"

Meta Data:
Camera 
Canon EOS 5D MK IV

Lens Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS USM

ISO 2000  

Focal Length 90mm  

Aperture f2.8  

Shutter Speed 1/125

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ABOUT THIS CALL FOR LOCAL ART
Theme: "Celebrate the Little Things"
In addition to our 'Little Things" exhibit at the Belfast Public Library, we are now accepting digital submissions (a jpg photo file of your own artwork or word document of your poetry or your short written work) from Belfast, NY Area Artists for featured art on our fb cover page and blog. Featured Artists Posts will begin August 2022.
Send your entry to belfastorganizationforartists@gmail.com

Subject: Share my Art
Include:
Title, Media, Your Name, Bio., and a brief description of the work.

***Your digital submission of an image of your own original art serves as consent to show your work, with full credit to you, on the BOFA blog and FB page.***

BOFA reserves the right to select material and content appropriate for our pages and message.
Entries will be considered in the order they are received.


Friday, August 5, 2022

The Little Things Exhibit 2022


 
Featuring imaginative works by local creators, "The Little Things" Exhibit is Now on display at the Belfast Public Library. 

This year's exhibit includes a diverse assortment of works by: Sharon Beiter, Don and Elaine Propert, Barbara Kubiak, Jodi Patterson-Curcio, Mary Ann Carpenter, Kathy Garrison, Susan Doran, Ellaina Scholes, and Sheila L. Kalkbrenner. Don't miss the Collaborative Christmas Ornament Projects by BOFA Members and items on display from the Garrison Collection.

Stop in during regular library hours to explore the details and read about these works in our show guide.

Learn more about the Arts Services Inc. - ASI passholder program at artsaccess.org.

Contact the Board Members of the Allegany Arts Association to find out how your Allegany County cultural event or organization can become an ASI Arts Access Partner, too.

Scroll down for more photos from the exhibit.

ANOTHER CALL FOR LOCAL ART

Theme: "Celebrate the Little Things"
In addition to our 'Little Things" exhibit at the Belfast Public Library, we are now accepting digital submissions (a jpg photo file of your own artwork or word document of your poetry or your short written work) from Belfast, NY Area Artists for featured art on our fb cover page and blog. Featured Artists Posts will begin August 2022.
Send your entry to belfastorganizationforartists@gmail.com

Subject: Share my Art
Include:
Title, Media, Your Name, Bio., and a brief description of the work.
Your digital submission of an image of your own original art serves as consent to show your work, with full credit to you, on the BOFA blog and FB page.
BOFA reserves the right to select material and content appropriate for our pages and message.
Entries will be considered in the order they are received.
MORE PHOTOS FROM  "THE LITTLE THINGS" 
(click on the image to enlarge)
Barbara Kubiak, Susan Doran, Elaine Propert, Kathy Garrison

Don Propert, Brenda Sisson, Kathy Garrison, Sharon Beiter 


Don Propert 

Christmas Ornaments for Christmas Trees in the Park
an annual Collaboration by BOFA members. 




Elaine Propert

Elaine Propert    Kathy Garrison

Sheila L. Kalkbrenner

Jodi Patterson-Curcio

Barbara Kubiak            Susan Doran 

Mary Ann Carpenter 

Elaine Propert 

Jodi Patterson-Curcio

Ellaina Scholes

Elaine Propert









Brave Art & Teens
Contributed to the Belfast Public Library
in Honor of Jodi Patterson-Curcio
and her dedication to her students. 




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Susan Doran