Spring Farm Care to honor late local artist Yacovella

Published Oct 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — Spring Farm Cares, 3364 Route 12, will pay tribute to the life and artwork of the late local artist Tom Yacovella with “The ArtVentures of Tom Yacovella” show from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28.

Refreshments will be served both days.

“I would like to cordially invite you to a showing of Tom’s remaining wildlife art. As his wife of 54 years, I was privileged and honored to be privy to all his glorious creations since his studio was in our house in Utica,” said Tom’s widow Joanne. “It is so appropriate that his work be shown at Spring Farm CARES, an animal and nature sanctuary in Clinton.”

Bonnie Reynolds, the president of Spring Farm CARES, and Yacovella met on Feb. 7, 1938 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica, where they were born 80 years ago, exactly one hour apart. She was born one hour before Tom.

Through the years, they stayed in touch and formed a special bond. Each year they sent each other birthday cards. Reynolds always called Yacovella “Junior,” and he always called her, “The Elder.” One of Yacovella’s earlier art shows was held at her venue.

“Tom would be so pleased to have Spring Farm CARES be the site for his final art show and permanent home where people can view and purchase his work for many years to come,” said Joanne Yacovella. “His originals and prints will be on sale, as well as his book, ‘The Wildlife Art Ventures of Tom Yacovella.’ Bonnie has donated this venue for his show and will share in the profits from it. Little did Tom and Bonnie know 80 years ago, they would have such a beautiful ‘new’ beginning.”

According to Yacovella’s obituary, “Tom’s attention to the smallest of nature’s details facilitated his second career as an acclaimed wildlife artist. His desire was to explore predator and prey relationships of our North American species. His wild-life painting won national and international awards and are found in collections across the United States and abroad.”

Yacovella died earlier this year.