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"Abnormal Nature" Paintings by Matt Roschy & Kerry Frederes @ The Wright Gallery :: Downtown JTNY
Posted July 13, 2010

This Saturday, July 17th, from 6-10pm, The Active Artists Alliance and the Arts Council for Chautauqua County are excited to present the opening of "Abnormal Nature", a show by Matt Roschy and Kerry Frederes, two well-respected local painters and old friends who are having their first show together, as well as each artists' first Wright Gallery show.

Although they've each been painting continuously for 10+ years, both Artists are fairly reclusive and participate in very few shows lately. They were reconnected with one another recently when they each participated in our AAAlliance Spring Equinox event. Peoples' reaction to their work was very strong and positive, so when the opportunity arose to set them up with this Wright Gallery show, we jumped at it. The work will be hanging through the first week of September.

The Wright Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Arts Council Bldg, 116 East 3rd Street in Downtown Jamestown.



Call For Submissions :: "Take A Seat Auction" :: JTNY
Posted June 28, 2010

The Annual "Take a Seat" Auction, to benefit The Reg Lenna Civic Center, is looking for Artists to paint/design on a piece of found or vintage furniture for auction. The organizers have several different older wooden chairs and end tables available, or participants can provide their own piece of furniture. Interested Artists will need to complete an Artist Bio & Info Sheet ASAP & have their piece for the auction completed & delivered by Monday July 26th.

For more info, email event organizer Kate Ebersole:
kewillow (at)

(From the Press Release)
"The Take a Seat Auction will be held on Wednesday July 28th at the Bemus Point Casino with the artist reception to be held on Tuesday July 27th. Auctioneer Chuck Ludwig is ready to put our piece in the limelight for everyone to see and bid on to own. What a great way to showcase your talent!

We hope that you will consider being a part of Take a Seat this year. It is one of the major fundraisers for the Reg, as well as a fun evening in Bemus Point during the great summer season. In addition to the live auction, there will also be a silent auction and a raffle, all in a fun party atmosphere."


Call for Submissions :: "Audio/Visual" Juried Show :: JTNY
Posted June 25, 2010
Call for Submissions ::

The Wright Gallery At The Reg Lenna Civic Center and Active Artists Alliance are now taking submissions for a juried art show. "Audio/Visual" will open on Saturday September 11 and feature art and photography inspired by music. The exhibit will coincide with Local Music Showcase in Downtown Jamestown, NY.

Artists interested in participating must follow the following criteria:

Submit up to 3 samples in digital form.
Minimum 5x7 at 2/300 dpi, maximum up to 8x10 at 300 dpi.
Art reflects a musical inspiration.
Art is original and contain no images under copyright.
Art is 2-dimensional.
A title, dimensions and medium is included with each submission.
Name, mailing address and phone number must be included with samples.

All submissions must be sent to Len Barry ( by August 1 with the subject heading “Audio/Visual” submission. A local jury will review the submissions and choose participating artists by mid-August. If chosen, artist must pay for shipping and handling of art to and from the Wright Gallery. All sales of the art will be conducted by the Arts Council Of Chautauqua County and include a 25% commission that will be allocated toward upkeep and marketing of the gallery. More information is available by visiting or calling 664-2465, extension 227.

“Audio/Visual” is made possible by support from New York State Council On The Arts State And Local Partnership funding and the Arts Council For Chautauqua County.


2 BABY GRAMPS shows in JTNY :: Saturday 6/12
Posted June 10, 2010
2 BABY GRAMPS shows in JTNY :: Saturday 6/12

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 12th, The beautiful city of Jamestown will be blessed not once, but TWICE, with performances from Seattle's Baby Gramps.

During the afternoon, he'll play at Part 2 of our Annual Spring Showcase at JCC Park on Curtis Street, from about 4-9pm, along with Hot Stenographer, Escape Tower, Cindy Haight, Katie Elfman, And others. When the Park closes at 9, we'll all head up to Mojo's Music Bar on 2nd Street for the AAAlliance after-party with Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples, and a rocking late night set from Gramps. The Mojo's after-party goes from 10pm-2am with a cover of $5.

For those of you who don't already know, Baby Gramps is a world-renowned steel guitar player and blues / folk / hobo singer from Seattle, who has been performing at festivals, on streets and on concert stages since 1965. He sings with a voice that's a cross between Popeye and a Tuvan throat singer with a hint of Tom Waits, and he plays a sort of tricky, rhythmic guitar in his own style that he originated, which is known as "scribbling". The guitar is early 1900's National Resonator, and Gramps himself would appear to be from the very same era. His shows draw from an immense pool of traditional songs, blues standards, work songs, folk songs, show tunes, and original songs, and he never performs a song the same way twice.

He was featured on the Rogues Gallery album of sea shanties, which was released in 2006 and produced by Johnny Depp as a companion to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. Gramps has also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and has toured and performed all over the US and all through Europe and Australia as part of the Rogue's Gallery Tours.

This will be Gramps' first -ever appearance in Jamestown, NY, and probably your only chance to see him in The Northeastern US for the rest of the year, so don't miss out. People will be talking about this show for a long time to come.


Spring Showcase Part 1 :: THIS SATURDAY :: JCC Park, JTNY
Posted May 24, 2010
Spring Showcase Part 1 :: THIS SATURDAY :: JCC Park, JTNY

This Saturday, May 29th , from 2-9pm we'll be having our annual Spring Showcase at JCC Park on Curtis Street in Jamestown, NY. This is our annual Show / Party / Picnic to celebrate the amazing community of Artists, Musicians, and cool business owners here in JTNY.

This year, we've decided to do things a little differently for this event. Since it's always such a good time, and always seems to end a little too early, we're going to make the Spring Showcase in to two separate events that will happen two weeks apart. Each will feature a different lineup of bands and a different collection of new artwork. As always, these will be FREE, ALL AGES shows for the whole community.

Part 1, This Saturday, will feature live music from:
Hypnotic Clambake Duo (their 1st AAAlliance Appearance!)
Pennsyltucky Peachpickers
Thee Audience
(1st show with their new drummer!)
Hunger Anthem
Cale Hawkins & Dan Witherspoon

and new visual work from several WNY AAAlliance member artists.

The after-party will be happening at Mojo's Music Bar on 2nd Street, with another epic set from superstar Klezmer-Zydeco-Funk weirdos Hypnotic Clambake Duo and an appearance from our old friends The American People from Warren, PA.
21+ $4 cover 10p-2a


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