The Dove Block Project, a community arts center in historic downtown Geneva, NY invites the public to visit and participate in programming offered throughout the month of February. In keeping with The Dove’s mission to bring arts programming to all members of the community, programs and events are FREE of charge to participants thanks to grants and many generous donations.
Come to The Dove for the following activities and exhibits that begin with the Winter Art Festival Artwalk on February 11!
Winter Festival Artwalk: Art Sale Fundraiser
100% of proceeds support The Dove’s free programming
Saturday, February 11, 12–4 pm
Music by jazz guitarist and vocalist Wayne Gottlieb
If you already own original art, this is a great opportunity to add a new artist or theme to your personal collection! If you’ve never purchased art, this is a chance to experience the first-time thrill of changing how your living space feels with the addition of a handmade creation. Art donated by artists and collectors will be sold with 100% of the proceeds going to support free community programming throughout the year. Visitors can also shop local artists’ pop-up art displays in the gallery.
Bearing Witness: The Paintings of Jaci Ayorinde
Exhibition: February 11–March 4
Opening: Saturday, February 11, 4–6 pm
Music for the opening by Unholy Alliance
Jaci Ayorinde invites viewers of her acrylic paintings to share her experience of focus, concentration, and observation that connects her to nature as a source of joy. Much of her work is inspired by explorations of Seneca Lake and Geneva.
Painting Beyond Observation with Jaci Ayorinde
Workshop Saturday, February 11, 10 am–1 pm, ages 12+, FREE
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to look deeply at a natural object and create drawings in concert with their intuition. Jaci Ayorinde comments, “This process of reflection provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are, combined with the promptings of the spirit, then expressed without any struggle or desire to achieve. This will be a space to relax and open your senses to the phenomenal world and take the opportunity to respond to it.” Small drawings will be created then painted. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Class size limited.
Geneva History Mural Paint-along
Saturday, February 25, 10 am–1 pm
February 17–March 3, Monday through Friday, 12–5 pm
Put on your painting clothes and join the fun as we create an artful tribute to Geneva! The Dove presents a week-long community mural project to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city of Geneva. Local artists Bernadette Bos and Victor Pultinus have designed two murals reflecting on Geneva’s history that will be painted on the east wall of the community room. They will sketch the design, then the community is invited in to help bring it to life with paint! On March 3, the finished mural will be revealed at a public reception at 5 pm.