DANSVILLE — If you open the door to your imagination there is no telling what it is capable of.

 

The community gathered to awaken the magic that still lives on in their hearts, and remember what it feels like to simply believe in fairies.

 

Dansville Fairy Festival was a huge success as children participated in face painting, storytelling, and crafts.

 

Dansville-natives Toni Preston and her daughter, Carole French dressed up as fairies and handed out fairy necklaces.

 

“The little clay leaves tell them you are friends of the fairies,” Preston said. “I love that the whole thing is about magic.”

 

French agrees that the event is great for your imagination.

 

“I think it is great for the kids to come out and be part of the magic,” she said. “I love that we can use our imagination.”

 

Preston mentioned how this is important for small towns.

 

“I love small towns,” she said. “The kids get to come out, and have fun promoting small businesses.”

 

Dansville Artworks Board Member Jeanne Gridley said she was very pleased with the turnout.

 

“There have been a lot of kids coming to look for the fairy doors,” she said. “I have seen a lot of grandparents with their grandkids, and that is what we wanted. We wanted to cross the generations. They believe in the magic too.”

 

Gridley said they encouraged all the downtown businesses to be part of the festival.

 

Nature Photographer Dick Thomas held his opening reception for his solo exhibit at the art center. Thomas loved the opportunity to have a solo exhibit at the very place he has enjoyed coming too for so long.

 

“I think it is extra special for me, because I love to share photos of the region with people who will recognize them,” he said. “I will continue to do what I can to help the gallery be a viable source for the art scene.”

 

Thomas likes to stick to the reality of the image, and tries not to enhance it too much.

 

“The landscapes are my favorites,” he said. “They allow me to spend a lot of time getting what I want, where wildlife is all about capturing a moment in time.”

 

The ultimate photo for Thomas is when he captures a small image of wildlife within his landscape.

 

“Showing an animal in their element is a challenge for me,” he said. “I really enjoy images of rural heritage, old barns, American Flags, farm equipment, old trucks, and things left abandoned. This is the evidence of the struggle and success of the land over the last 200 years.”

 

Thomas added most of the barns will fall down and not be replaced, because it takes a lot of work to keep up with the maintenance.

 

“I feel like someday the barns will be gone, and they are a reminder of our past,” he said. “I look for them in any atmosphere.”

 

Thomas loves the Oak trees he has captured in Geneseo, since they are part of the historic value in the village.

 

“There are huge oak trees in Geneseo, because they are protected on the Wadsworth land,” he said. “When they came here they wanted the oak trees in the Genesee Valley to be protected.”

 

Storyteller Cris Riedel told several lovely tales about fairies as she captivated the audience.

 

Dansville Artworks located at 178 Main Street is open Thursday noon to 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thomas will have an iPhone Photo class on July 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at $10 per person.  Thomas solo exhibit runs the month of July. The summer exhibit runs until Aug. 12.