March brings Creative Magic to The Dove in Geneva

Detail of artwork by Joe Demetro

The Dove Block Project, a community arts center in historic downtown Geneva, invites the public to visit and participate in programming. In keeping with The Dove’s mission to bring enriching art experiences to all members of the community, programming is FREE of charge to participants thanks to generous grants, individual memberships, corporate sponsorships, and donations.

Nowhere’s better than The Dove if you’re seeking a unique and imaginative outing! March visitors will enjoy three new art exhibits, artist-led workshops for all ages, and our monthly Surprise Sunday Cinema. Read on for details.




The Magical World of Alternative Process Photography: Daniel Rothenberg 
Exhibition: March 2–31
Opening: Saturday, March 2, 4–6 pm
Opening reception music by Unholy Alliance

Daniel Rothenberg is an experimental artist from Rochester, NY. He graduated with a BFA in 2021 from Nazareth University, concentrating in ceramics and printmaking. He has exhibited throughout the Rochester region and nationally. Rothenberg says of his process, “When thinking of photography one of the first things that comes to mind is a camera. However, there are so many alternative processes…Whether it is the gorgeous blue of a cyanotype, the interesting and sometimes bizarre combinations of using glue, honey, oil or other materials to create a chemigram, or the beautiful color of a lumen print, alternative process photography can be a magical thing.”


Joe Demetro: Nowhere's Better 
Exhibition: March 2–31
Opening: Saturday, March 2, 4–6 pm
Opening reception music by Unholy Alliance

Joe Demetro has been experimenting in paper making and ceramics for many years, culminating in this body of work. He says, “I’ve been using papermaking processes a lot over the last couple years. Although I was introduced to the basic principles over 20 years ago, I kind of shelved the idea of using them as I was worried that I didn’t remember all the steps correctly and didn’t have all the right components.” Working in ceramics, Demetro also wanted to break away from the limitations of clay, kilns, and glazes—preferring to work more intuitively with material and color in real time. He adds, “So for now, sculpting in paper and other fibrous materials is a good option for me.” 


Tiny Celestial Art Show with Geneva Reads 
Exhibition: March 2–31
Opening: Saturday, March 2, 4–6 pm
Opening reception music by Unholy Alliance

An exhibition of tiny paintings about the solar eclipse sponsored by Geneva Reads.




Figure Drawing with Tina Yannotti and Lisa Carlyon
Saturday, March 9, 1–4 pm
Limited to 10 participants

Registration required
Just as a musician, dancer or athlete must practice and train to maintain a level of excellence, drawing the figure from life on a regular basis keeps an artist in good form. Join Lisa Carlyon and Tina Yannotti for Figure Drawing with a live model. Students will have the opportunity to work from life with or without instruction. Instruction will focus on gesture, proportions, and form. The model will do short poses for the first hour followed by two 30-minute poses and one long pose for the final hour.


Acrylic Painting with Steve Duprey
Saturday, March 16, 1–4 pm
Ages 16 to adult, limited to 10 participants

Registration required
Over the course of three hours, local artist Steve Duprey will take students step-by-step through the process of creating a specific painting. Each student will receive close personal attention as they create the painting. Steve’s intent is to teach techniques that can be used throughout the painting career of each student.


The Joy of Zines with Sarah Shay Mirk
Saturday, March 30, 2–4 pm
All ages welcome, limited to 20 participants

Registration required
Cartoonist and author Sarah Shay Mirk will lead this free, public workshop on exploring creativity through zines. A zine can be any multi-page booklet made primarily for passion, not profit. Shay will give a short lecture on the history of zines, share examples of zines, and lead participants through writing and drawing prompts to create their own zine. Sponsored by  Hobart and William Smith Colleges.




Monthly movie titles and reservations open one week prior to screening
March’s movie is Sunday, March 10, 1 pm

Limited to 27 seats, registration required
Get ready for an afternoon of surprises and great cinema! Join us the second Sunday of the month in the Jim Spate’s Dove Block Theater for a free special art-themed movie. The film will be announced and reservations will open one week before screening. Follow The Dove on Instagram and FaceBook for screening hints and announcements. Whether you're a movie and arts buff or just looking for a fun time out, this is the perfect Sunday afternoon for you.


Name That Starry, Starry Tune with Tom McClure and Geneva Reads
Thursday, March 21, 1 pm
Limited to 20 seats, registration required

Local musician Tom McClure brings his unique talent to this special rendition of the Name That Tune TV quiz show that debuted in the 1950s. Come, relax and guess the names of the songs he plays—each will be related to the sky, moon, sun and other celestial elements. You never know, you might win a Mars or Milky Way bar, Starbursts, Orbit gum, half-moon cookie, Sun Chips, Sunny D or… Pizza will be provided, so sign up ahead of time, so we’re sure to have enough.

The event is part of Community Read 2024: “Geneva Reads Even in the Dark,” in collaboration with The Dove Block Project.

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