May is Popping with All Things Art at The Dove  

Artwork from Geneva Schools and Moodie’s Children’s Hours

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 and elevate awareness of Arthur Dove—a Genevan and significant figure in the development of modern art—programming is FREE of charge to participants thanks to generous grants, individual memberships, corporate sponsorships, and donations.

May is packed with art experiences for all ages including a youth art exhibit, hands-on workshops, a celebration of Geneva artists of color in collaboration with Historic Geneva, a book discussion, an engaging art movie, and even a lesson on art and wine labels with our friends from Billsboro and Anthony Roads wineries. Read on for details, register, and mark your calendars! 



  • Geneva Schools and Moodie’s Children’s Hours

Exhibition: May 4–26
Opening: Friday, May 3, 5–7 pm
Opening reception music by Smooth Groovy

This annual exhibition at The Dove highlights the talents of Geneva’s art teachers and students. A surprising array of work in various media demonstrates the work and abilities of Geneva area youth in city and private schools. This exhibition is supported by a generous grant from The Wyckoff Family Foundation and The Linden Shop. Music for the opening will be provided by Smooth Groovy. 



All materials provided thanks to generous sponsors

  • Crafty Hours

Friday, May 10, 5:30–7:30 pm
All ages welcome

No registration required
We're doing happy hour a little differently! Join us for CRAFTY HOURS. Bring along a project or just enjoy the gallery's latest exhibit. We will have coffee, tea, water, and wine.  All are welcome!


  • Acrylic Painting with Steve Duprey

Saturday, May 11, 2–5 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.


  • Sketch Soiree with Michi Rezin

Saturday, May 18, 1–4 pm
Ages 16 to adult, limited to 10 participants

Registration required
Join us at Sketch Soiree, the Dove Block's first costumed fashion illustration event! This style of illustration focuses on the beauty of garments and costume details, and expresses them through more streamlined strokes. Color, shape, gesture are the stars of the show.  

Our first session will have a Bridgerton theme, featuring music, set dressing, and several models in DIY Regency era-inspired costumes. This session is open to those who are curious to try a hand at illustrating fashion and costuming. Some supplies will be provided. Participants are not required to partake in costuming, but for those who wish to join us in dressing for the theme, we welcome your creativity!


  • Figure Drawing with Tina Yannotti and Lisa Carlyon

Saturday, May 25, 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.



  • Creative Journeys: Voices of Color in the Arts

Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm
All ages welcome

No registration required

This program, presented with Historic Geneva, will feature two historic and three contemporary area artists of color. Historic Geneva staff will briefly speak about the artists Clyde Mathis and Robert S. Duncanson, both African-American men who lived in the Geneva area respectively in the 19th and 20th centuries. Contemporary artists Jeanette Hernandez, Ralph Fryer, and Rosa Vargas will then speak about their work, how they became artists, what inspires them, and why they do what they do. Creative Journeys is presented in conjunction with the Historic Geneva exhibit, Lift Every Voice: Geneva's Black Community Since 1966.



Get ready for an afternoon of great cinema! Join us monthly in the Jim Spate’s Dove Block Theater for a free special art-themed movie. Follow The Dove on Instagram and FaceBook for screening details 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.


May’s movie: Woman in Gold (2015) 1:10
Sunday, May 19, 1 pm

Limited to 27 seats, registration required
Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.


  • Art In Fiction: Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey

Thursday, May 23, 5 pm
All are welcome
No registration required

With extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of the two great Renaissance artists, Storey offers a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty-year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.


  • Art and Wine Labels

with Kim and Vinny Aliperti of Billsboro Winery & Peter Becraft of Anthony Road Wine Company
Saturday, May 25, 7 pm
Ages 21+ welcome
No registration required

There is a long and rich history of using artwork on wine labels, the most famous being Mouton Rothschild who since 1946 has commissioned a modern artist to illustrate their label with a piece of original art.  

Many Finger Lakes wineries have continued the tradition of original artwork in their labels.  Come and view the original artwork and sample the wine of some of Finger Lakes renowned wineries, including:  Anthony Road Wine Company, Billsboro Winery, Dr Konstantin Frank Winery, Nathan Kendall Wines, Scout Vineyards, Three Brothers Wineries, and Trestle Thirty One.  

This exhibition and tasting is open to anyone over the age of 21.  Learn the stories behind the labels and taste the wines set to a playlist curated by the winemakers.  

In the Jim Spates Dove Block Theater, presenters will discuss what goes into the creation of a label: what is their purpose, what is required by law, and what they say about the product within.  Each winery will discuss the evolution of their respective winery’s labels.

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