DANSVILLE — The art center has its Second Annual Juried Photography Exhibit on display until April 1.


Dansville Artworks has become the face of the art community. People come from out of state, and all over New York to be part of the exhibits.


Dansville Artworks Board President Nicole Alioto said it is a positive thing for the Dansville community to have people out of the are looking to the art center for their artwork.


“This makes a strong impact locally and outside of the area to have people looking to us to display their work,” she said.


People’s Choice Award Winner Mollie Osborn, of Dansville; First Prize Winner Hunter Neal, of Simsbury, CT; Second Prize Winner Laura Randall, of Dansville, and Third Prize Winner Hollie Hill, of Wayland all got a certificate and gift card.


Randall said she loves taking photos of people. Her ‘Wings’ piece captures a college friend wearing angel wings made of daisy petals.


“I felt inspired by an oil painter named Amy Judd,” she said. “She did all of her photos with paint, but I like mixed media. I like taking portraits the most. I just like taking pictures of people no matter the location or occasion.”


The Rochester Institute and Technology had a few gifted artists at the exhibit this year such as Randall, Alexandra Gataeva, and Alexandra Shipman.


“I would love to work for Lifestyle Magazine or something like that,” Randall said.


Randall believes this art center is great for the community and brings a lot of culture.


“I always wished we had more stores on Main Street,” she said. “It is great for them to have this here. The new place for the art gallery is much nicer. I submitted work to them at the old place, and it was small there.”


Shipman said working with photography has always been a hobby for her.


“I love putting nature and photography together,” she said. “That is why I am majoring in Photography Science.”


Shipman added she never knew about the art center, and she would love to submit more work. Her ‘Ring of Fire’ piece captures the fireworks at Conesus Lake.


“I love capturing a single moment that is never going to happen again,” she said. “Nature is the perfect model. I would like to help researchers capture what they are studying in the field.”


Osborn said she has always loved working with landscapes.


“I love nature,” she said. “It is gorgeous.”


Osborn believes it is good to have the art center in Dansville, so the people in the community have someplace to go.


Gataeva said she has always been an artist.


“I got a camera for my sixteenth birthday and I love it,” she said. “I mostly do fine art.”


“I am telling a story about finding wildlife in the urban environment with my camera,” Gataeva continued. “I took pictures of the abandoned castle here as well.”


Gataeva said she loves combining storytelling with photography.


Larry Tetamore took the photo of the gorge in Lake Placid.


“I have been involved in photography my whole life,” he said. “I worked with my father at a photo company in Rochester. I went to work for the Livingston County Sheriff Department. I never gave up what I love to do. I do freelance photography.”


Tetamore said nature photography is his passion.


“It is about capturing a moment in time that will never be the same again,” he said. “I like to go to Letchworth State Park the first thing in the morning and watch the sunrise over the falls. It is my favorite place.”


Hill said she feels inspired by the other artists.


“I am mostly into taking photos of people,” she said. “It is nice to have an outlet for my creativity here. This is a huge asset to the area. Artists can be proud of themselves.”


Alioto said there is a new opportunity for artists at the art center now.


“We are opening up a solo exhibit area. Any artist can use the area for a solo show,” she said. “This is why we are here in the community. We want to give artists the opportunity to show their work.”


Rochester Institute of Technology Fine Art Photography Professor Willie Osterman was very moved by the photos he chose for the winners. He was not able to make it to the ceremony, but he wrote up comments about the pieces.


“Gratitude is a joyous image of the beauty and power of family, life, living and light. The gestures of all the figures are light, expressive, and happy,” he wrote about Hill. “In this day-and-age, we really need to celebrate this.”


“I kept looking at them as not three individual images, but rather I kept seeing them as three images working as one,” Osterman wrote about Randall. “I rearranged the order so the harmony and flow of all three images complement one another. I think it makes a wonderful tryptic.”


“This piece was chosen because of the careful arrangement of the camera’s edges to fill the frame with the roof tops. The angles and subtle tone changes of the roofs create a geometric pattern that pulls the eye through and around the frame,” Osterman wrote about Neal. “There is a small bit of green from a tree in the upper left corner that initially stands out, but upon closer look I also see a very small bit of green tree in the lower center of the frame. To me, nature has a way of surviving even among all of civilization.”


The photographers in this exhibit are; Nicole Alioto, Debbie Betts, Carol Deltoro, Bernard Dick, Alexandra Gataeva, Hollie Hill, Hunter Neal, Mollie Osborn, Taylor Quigley, Laura Randall, John Retallack, Alexandra Shipman, Kristine Tenalio, and Larry Tetamore.