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A Season of Fun with Springville Center for the Arts

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Make it an autumn to remember with the Springville Center for the Arts, which kicks off the season with several special events and workshops.

SCA Workshops

Springville Center for the Arts is offering multiple adult workshops this fall inspired by the surrounding landscape and in conjunction with Changing Seasons: The Byway Experience, an exhibit of work inspired by the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway. The fall season starts with a watercolor workshop led by Judson Brown.  Join Judd for a free Plein Air event on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Blue Bridge on Route 240. Those continuing with the class will get special guidance from the instructor at that event and will continue with three Saturdays of indoor sessions on Oct. 7, 21, and 28 from 10am to noon. The class includes beginning washes, concept generation, wet on wet, layers, dry brush, and experimental application. This workshop will focus on the basics, but all levels are encouraged. Participants must supply their own materials. Registration is $50 or $42 if you are an SCA Member.

Suzanne Borowicz will lead Poetry of the Byway meeting Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Experience the Scenic Byway through the eyes and hearts of the artists featured in the Arts Center’s Byway Exhibit.  No previous poetry writing experience is necessary. Poetry exercises and instructor assistance will guide you along the way. Bring a notebook and a writing utensil to class. Registration is $50 or $42 if you are an SCA Member.

The third workshop taking place this fall explores collage making with Patricia Durham.  Participants will use a number of materials on an acrylic background to create a collage celebrating the changing seasons along the Scenic Byway. Scenes might include trees, bountiful harvest, or the beautiful hills and valleys. This workshop will take place on Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is $37 or $32 if you are an SCA Member.

Future programs scheduled as part of the Byways program include a free artists’ reception on Saturday, Oct.14 at 6:30 p.m., Photographic Composition with Ray Kent, and Explore Drawing with Mary Anderson. Workshops take place in the Vacanti Classroom at Springville Center for the Arts located at 37 North Buffalo Street, Springville, NY 14141.  Call 716-592-9038 to register.

Cinema Night

It’s cinema night at Springville Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 6. The featured film is Aferim!, winner of the Berlin Film Festival.

Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia in 1835. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away and is suspected of having an affair. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave is found, the adventure is far from over.

A comedic portrait of comically inept officials, Aferim! will be screened on Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Mongerson Theater located at 37 North Buffalo Street, Springville, NY 14141.  Tickets are $5 at the door. Call (716) 592-9038 or visit SpringvilleArts.org for more information.

Nature + Art Walks

Nature + Art Walks, designed for children ages five to twelve, are returning this fall, organized by Springville Center for the Arts.  These adventurous walks inspire big ideas in the little people.  Two different guides will lead their own walk at a different location.  Parents stay with their children during the walk and siblings are encouraged to participate as well.  Each walk pairs a simple art activity with the surrounding natural beauty.

Join local artist Judy Wright at Griffis Sculpture Park as she teaches participants about different wildflowers and how to start your own drawing journal. Hike the paths throughout the park and discover the sculptures.  Bring a pad of paper, a black fine point marking pen, and a pencil with an eraser.  Families should meet at the top of the hill off of 219. The program takes place on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The second Nature + Art Walk pairs artmaking, fire and a the Sycamore Reservation.  A former scout camp, Sycamore Reservation is 400 scenic acres in Zoar Valley dedicated to outdoor education.  After a hike, artist Damon Hudac will work with the participants to create temporary sculptures using scrap materials that then become bonfires. Hudac is known locally as the creator of the art golf cart featured in past art crawls and the leader of the raucous Toad Meadow art events. Families should meet at the pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at 10676 Hammond Hill Rd., East Otto, NY 14729.

To register for one or both of these Nature + Arts Walks, please call (716) 592-9038.  Cost is $5 per student per session.  Payment can be cash or checks made out to Springville Center for the Arts and will be collected at the start of the walk.  It is encouraged to bring a bag lunch to enjoy with your family at the completion of the walk.  For more information or directions to the sites, call (716) 592-9038.

These Nature + Art Walks are part of Changing Seasons: The Byway Experience programs happening at Springville Center for the Arts through Nov. 18.

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