DANSVILLE — Perhaps the best part about the new exhibit is the youngest artist sold his painting right away.
A 9-year-old boy named Remington Stauring, of Hornell, submitted his painting entitled “Rainbow Mountain” to the Summer Exhibit at Dansville Artworks. It was barely on the wall before a child came in and asked her mother if she could have it.
Dansville Artworks expects great things from this young artist as he carries on his work.
Bernard Dick, of Henrietta, recently had a solo exhibit up in Vita’s Garden of Inspiration in the back of the art center. Dick also shared his digital painting of his grandaughters playing in a river entitled “Springtime Frolic” in the new exhibit.
“Our granddaughters are playing in the riverbed in the backyard,” he said. “They were seven and 10 years old.”
Dick has been fascinated by digital art for many years now, but has recently started working on digital painting. He worked on digital editing for Knights of Columbus for many years.
“When I stopped working for Knights of Columbus I really missed the digital art,” he said. “I started doing digital painting, which is based on photos I have taken.”
Digital painting is a newer concept in the art world, Dick mentioned.
“You don’t have the smell or mess from oil painting,” he said. “You also don’t have to wait for dry time. You can work on watercolors the same way.”
Dick said not many people are doing digital painting.
“It is not really accepted in the art world,” he said. “People don’t really know what to do with it when it comes out. I do prefer digital painting. It is a lot easier and faster to do. You can make it in stages and correct things you don’t like about it.”
With digital painting there is no fear in taking on something different, Dick added.
“You can have several versions of the same photo,” he said. “I like to do travel images the most. I take the photos of my trips and turn them into paintings. I only use my own photos. I have a certification that goes with it, so it doesn’t include others work.”
Much of Dick’s work can be found in the artsy cafes around the country. His first display was in Savannah, Georgia at an old cafe. He has some in Rochester as well at its small artsy cafes.
Abbey Betts, of Dansville, took photos of her trip to Montana as she visited her brother on the ranch.
“I shared the photos I took in Montana last summer. I was visiting my older brother who was working on a ranch there,” she said. “I had to drive up a mountain to get to Crystal Lake. It is breathtaking.”
Betts started getting serious about photography in her senior year at Dansville Central.
“I took a photo on my horse as we were driving cattle into the pasture,” she said. “It was a lot of fun. I was there only a month. I really loved Montana. It really is big sky country.”
Dansville Artworks Board President Nicole Alioto said it is always a proud moment to have new artists, young artists, and returning artists in her exhibits.
“We have a great depth of talent,” she said. “All of the artists bring different styles. Although we didn’t have a theme this time, everyone stuck to the nature theme.”
The Summer Exhibit runs from June 1 to Augt. 12 on Thursdays noon to 6 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. , and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..
The Summer Exhibit artists are; Nicole Alioto, Abbey Betts, Debbie Betts, R.M. Cook, Samantha Davis, Bernard Dick, Natasha Lacque, Kim Binaghi Lee, Cris Riedel, John Retallack, and Remington Stauring.