Art Association display one
of four shows opening Thursday

Ashlaw ART

Exhibitions by the Rome Art Association membership and three artists open with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St.

The free, public adult reception, since alcohol will be served, honors Jamie Ashlaw, Mitch Rubinovich, Diane E. Berry and the Rome Art Association members.

Rome Art And Community Center’s galleries are open for free Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The RAA exhibit ends Aug. 31, while the other exhibits run through Sept. 14.

Jamie Ashlaw was born in Carthage in Jefferson County. Born of Lebanese heritage, he began making art at an early age, winning his first contest in fourth grade. His first visit to a museum was at the age of 16. While living in Bogota, Colombia for the summer, he was taken to the Fernando Botero Museum. After that summer, he would never see the world the same way again. After high school, he majored in painting and drawing at SUNY Oswego before moving to New York City. Shifting between art and theater, Ashlaw began working as a gallery assistant at the CFM Gallery where he learned about the NYC art scene. He moved to Chicago in order to study illustration at the Columbia College of the Fine Arts while as a custom sign maker, an experience that would greatly influence his current series. After his return to upstate New York for graduate work, Jamie spent a semester in New Zealand teaching and traveling, changed by the landscape and the Maori culture. Ashlaw lives in Syracuse, where he makes and teaches art.

The Rome Art Association’s annual Membership Exhibit features more than 60 works. The association meets regularly at the Rome Art And Community Center. Judge Linda Bigness-Lanigan said, "As this year’s juror of awards, for the Rome Art Association Member’s exhibit, I was challenged by the breadth and depth of creativity and talent presented.

The selections for the prizes were based upon the overall impact of presence, originality, and technical competence. I enjoyed making a few notes about each of the artworks as I stood before them and critiqued for the winning qualities.

Overall the entire exhibit represented all of the above qualities and the awards given are for those, in my opinion, that met the criteria at the highest level of competence within the specified media. "

Mitchell Rubinovich will present an exhibit of figurative sculpture. Rubinovich is an orthopedic suregon and was invited to exhibit in the center’s galleries after having an award winning entry in one of the center’s group exhibits last year.

Diane E. Berry is a clinical laboratory scientist by profession specializing in hematology. "Photography helped pay for medical text books through graduate school. I am self taught artist and have been taking photos since my college days. I enjoy the endless possibilities that art allows. Each piece can be viewed by different people and they can see totally different things. It’s a very personal art form.

"I love to evoke an emotion or spark a memory. I think art can be healing; not only for the artist, but also for the viewer. I love the quote ‘Nature is the art of God’. I love photographing God’s handiwork. My paintings and drawings usually start with a photograph as a guide. I love color. Big, bright and bold color. There is nothing pastel about me. I have numerous awards and ribbons to date, but I don’t create for a competitive gain. I love sharing the beauty all around us."

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