Exhibitions & Events

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On view February 4- 27, 2021

Presenting Artists:
Vanessa Frost
Jill Favata
Joanne Goellner
Lisa Pimental

noun: the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks, and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity) or group (collective identity), in psychology

A person may hold multiple identities at once: woman, artist, mother and friend. We all have identities that we show to others, or keep close. These roles generate exercises in self-development as we try to differentiate between multiple selves as a function of social context with an awareness of the potential contradictions. Each position has its own meaning and expectation that are internalized as part of our identity. How do we define ourselves? Why do we need a sense of identity? Does it help or hinder us? Is identity circumstantial?

As artists, through individual and collaborative technique, we intend to showcase a collection of work that is the culmination of the exploration of each of our personal identities, the various roles we hold in society, what meaning(s) it has for us, and how it continues to evolve throughout time.

Vanessa Frost:

Vanessa, born in Arizona but raised in East Aurora, her influences come from both coasts. Her love of nature, both desert and mountains runs deep. She studied visual arts at the University of Vermont which eventually led her to pursue an opportunity in the film industry in New York City. After deciding it was time for a change of scenery, she traded NY bagels for Buffalo wings and moved back home. Vanessa began her professional painting career in tandem with opening her art store concept commonly known as MUSEjar. The two endeavors seemed to effortlessly pair well together with this ever-inspiring environment at her fingertips. Her creativity is the pulse behind those vibrant rainbow walls on Elm Street. Now, as a full-time artist and owner of MUSEjar, Vanessa finds inspiration in the ordinary and joy in the small things. She is known for her large, colorful portraits where she uses bright colors in unexpected places, evoking emotion amidst her viewers.

Jill Favata:

Jill Favata has always been a lover of the arts, but her first career was counseling.
Then, at the age of 30, a friend gave her a blank canvas and paints, and she knew it was what she was meant to do. She continued to work as a counselor by day, and created art in the evenings. Delving into several mediums, including glass mosaics, photography, jewelry making, and painting, her work was shown in art galleries and shows throughout Wyoming. Jill was born and raised in North Tonawanda, NY but lived out west for thirteen years in Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. Six years ago she returned home to WNY with her husband and daughter, where she lives and creates in the village of East Aurora as a stay at home mom. With her daughter starting kindergarten last year, Jill decided to immerse herself into the arts full time.
You can learn more about Jill on her website: https://www.jillfavata.com/

She is currently enjoying creating mixed media pieces with acrylics, photographs, and papers, as well as abstract oil paintings, and fluid paintings. Her process is to work intuitively and follow her feelings. Her emotions have always been a guiding force and strength in her personal and professional life, and they help guide her in her art work. “I am loving abstract art at the moment because experience and mood affect what one sees. We all carry our own stories and will therefore respond differently to art. That is beautiful to me.”

Joanne Goellner:
Joanne Goellner has had a lifelong interest in art. As a child, she wanted to be a fashion designer, an architect, a graphic designer and ultimately studied illustration in college. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at State University of New York College at Fredonia, she pursued certification in Art Education and a Master of Science in Art Education from State University of New York College at Buffalo. As an artist and educator, Joanne appreciated having the unique ability to inspire a diverse population of students, instilling a love of art, helping them become critical thinkers, decision makers and creators themselves.

Although on hiatus from education to raise a family, Joanne has remained immersed in her visual arts roots. Her current body of work is comprised of bold, abstract paintings created in oil and cold wax. This process is different from her illustrative beginnings. Instead of taking a story or idea and depicting it with art, she creates art that tells stories or ideas of their own. While painting is her primary form of expression, Joanne works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, photography, mixed media and three-dimensional art. Joanne also enjoys music, writing, reading and travel. Artists who inspire include Kat Green, Rebecca Crowell, Linda Benton McCloskey, and Lisa Boardwine.

Joanne lives in Western New York with her amazing husband, Jake, their four children, and loveable Labrador Hazel. You can find her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatbluegirl/

Lisa Pimental:
Lisa Pimental of HandOnTheDoor is life-long artist as well as a visual arts educator who has a true passion for the tactile nuances of paint. Holding a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts, as well as a Master of Arts in Education, Lisa has recently taken some invaluable quality time off from the formal classroom as an art and photography teacher to be with her family while also reviving her love for creating meaningful works of art.

Having her work previously shown in several San Francisco Bay Area galleries, a principal theme in Lisa’s work centers around finding the beauty and intrigue in the world around us. Seeking out the unnoticed, the ugly, the unwanted, Lisa’s process allows her to focus on the details of the visual truth, inviting an unsolicited reflection from her audience.

Lisa is now actively involved in organizations that allow her to continue generating new work of her own while using art education to inspire young minds (including her 6 year old son!) to appreciate and explore individual creativity.

2021 Student Spotlight:
North Tonawanda City School District
On view March 3 – 24, 2021
Tune into their free virtual events on the Carnegie Art Center Facebook page.
Virtual Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 4, 6-7:30PM
Virtual Family Art Night:
Thursday, March 18, 6-7:30PM
You may also visit in person during our regular gallery hours.
(Promotional artwork by NT student Nigel Usiak)

The 2021 Carnegie Calendar is now available for purchase!

The 2021 Carnegie Calendar features artwork created by 12 Western New York Artists for each of the 12 months.

Prepare for the new year, stay organized and enjoy 12 beautiful works of art by purchasing a calendar for $25/each.

Proceeds will support the Carnegie Art Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Click here to purchase the 2021 Calendar Today!

Participating artists of the calendar include:

Carol Case Siracuse, Beverly DiPalma, Joyce Hill, Joan Horn, Andy Krzystek, Gerald Mead, Cindi O’Mara, Beth Pedersen, Jennifer Ryan, Dennis Stierer, Muhammad Zaman and Jody Ziehm

This wall hanging calendar will brighten your space with an array of artwork each month.
The calendar is a square 12x12” size when closed, 12x24” when open.

The calendar also features a Directory of local arts organizations and local businesses. Calendars will be printed and available for shipping and delivery in mid-September and will be available for purchase into the new year.

We’d like to share a special thank you to Beverly DiPalma, Jody Ziehm and Cindi O’Mara for volunteering their time for this project.
Thank you to the donors of the Directory page.
Thank you to Pencil in the River Studio and Print Plus for their efforts.
And of course we couldn’t have done this project without the amazing 12 artists who provided the artwork.
Thank you for your continued support of Carnegie Art Center and its mission.