The Dove Block Project, a community arts center in historic downtown Geneva invites the public to visit and participate in programming offered throughout the month of November. 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 generous grants and individual donations.
November is a festive month at The Dove as they continue to reveal interior renovations and get into the holiday spirit. The New York State Council on the Arts for a Capital Projects Grant makes renovations possible. Their busy month includes a new art exhibit, four workshops, and an introduction to the early modernist painter Helen Torr, who had special ties to Geneva as she worked alongside her husband, the artist Arthur Dove, and other celebrated artists. Read on, mark your calendars, and join us!
FREE GALLERY EXHIBIT
Whimsical Safari: ARC Ontario
Exhibition: Nov 11–25
Opening: Saturday, Nov 11, 4–6 pm
Opening reception music by Nathan Merrill and students
The Whimsical Safari exhibit explores wildlife from around the world in a variety of styles and media. All of the art presented in this exhibit has been produced by adult artists with development, genetic and/or physical disabilities in the Creative Expressions Art Studio of the Arc Ontario.
FREE WORKSHOPS, MATERIALS PROVIDED
Felted Modern Art Landscapes Workshop with Lisa DeFrancesco
Saturday, Nov 4, 10 am–1 pm
Age 8 and up
Try your hand at felting modern art inspired landscapes with Lisa DeFrancesco. Materials provided. Attendance limited to 15.
Ornament Decoration: Paint & Sip for Adults
Thursday, Nov 16, 5–7 pm
Downtown Geneva will be the center of the community’s 2023 holiday celebrations with a mix of adult and kid-friendly arts and shopping experiences. The Geneva Business Improvement District and the City of Geneva will be hosting a series of holiday events, including the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa arrival as well as special efforts to encourage buying local. The Dove Block Project will be hosting an ornament painting workshop for adults again this year! Materials provided. Attendance limited to 20.
Ornament Painting for All Ages
Saturdays Nov 18 and 25, 12–4 pm
Walk-ins welcome, no registration required
Downtown Geneva will be the center of the community’s 2023 holiday celebrations with a mix of kid-friendly arts and shopping experiences. The Geneva Business Improvement District and the City of Geneva will be hosting a series of holiday events, including the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa arrival as well as special efforts to encourage buying local. The Dove Block Project will again be hosting ornament painting workshops for all ages! Materials provided.
Grapes in a Vase Painting Workshop with Steve Duprey
Saturday, Nov 18, 9 am–12 pm
Age 16 and up
Over the course of three hours, local artist Steve Duprey will take students step-by-step through the process of creating a still life painting of grapes in a vase. Each student will receive close personal attention as they paint. Steve’s intent is to teach techniques that can be used throughout the painting career of each student. The medium will be acrylic on canvas. Materials provided. Attendance is limited to 10.
FREE SPECIAL EVENT
Introducing Reds: The Art and Life of Helen Torr
Sunday, Nov 19 at 2 pm
Presented by Kathryn Vaughn in the Jim Spates Dove Block Theater
Helen S. “Reds” Torr (1886–1967) was an American early Modernist painter nicknamed “Reds” for her hair color. Torr worked alongside her artist husband Arthur Dove and friend Georgia O’Keeffe to develop a characteristically American style of Modernism in the 1920s. Torr’s style was completely, or nearly completely, abstract, though she sometimes departed from this style when creating landscape or still life works, shifting between representation and abstraction.
This informal discussion will be led by Kathryn Vaughn in the Jim Spates Dove Block Theater. Seating limited to 27.
Visit thedoveblockproject.org for more information.