Julie is currently a junior at Lakeshore High School. She moved to Angola in the summer of 2015 and fell in love with the town and the lake.
Julie has spent many hours photographing areas of our beautiful town during all seasons. She uses a traditional digital camera - a FujiFilm FinePix S8400W as well as a GoPro HERO4 Silver. For on the fly shots, Julie resorts to her iPhone 6 or her iPad Air 2.
Julie has been studying photography, as well as photomanipulation using programs such a s Photoshop since 2014. She is pursuing a career in Photojournalism and hopes to attend Ringling College of Art and Design.
Her website is currently under construction, but you can see some of her work here. For now you can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim "Cheech" Bonavito
January 13, 1958 - April 14, 2017
Jim “Cheech” Bonavito was a native of Angola, New York, being born there and having lived there his whole life. Jim got his nickname Cheech in high school, due to his great sense of humor and personality.
Jim had been creating art since his high school days. Although he was most comfortable using oils, Jim dabbled in watercolor, pencil and acrylics as well.
In addition to painting and illustrating, Jim enjoyed doing a full-range of carpentry and wood working, including everything from custom home remodeling to creating jewelry boxes, custom picture frames and building furniture.
When not pursuing his artistic muse, Jim indulged in writing an occasional poem or writing of life’s endless variety. Jim has been a participating commissioned artist in the Catn’ Around Catskill public art project for the past 5 years, a creative, exciting and rewarding annual event which showcases local and regional artists. Unfortunately, 2017 will be his last year to participate in this rewarding public art project.
Jim also served as Treasurer of the Evans Art Guild. You can see more of his work on Jim's Website.
Jim Cheech Bonavito and "Scaredy Cat"
Jim and his beloved "Scaredy Cat" Commissioned piece for the 2013 Catn' Around Catskill Art Project.
Passage Through the Storm
Abend Am Ozean
"Evening on the Ocean"
Tom the ToolCat
Catn' Around Catskill
Public Art Commission
Wisdom in the Woods
Catn' Around Catskill
Public Art Commission
Catn' Around Catskill
Public Art Commission
Personalized Keepsake Box
Private Collection of Kaye Rich
Wooden Earring Chest
Hand Decorated Wood
Wedding Keepsake Box
Hand Decorated, Lined, Personalized
Hinged Wooden Chest
Personalized Urn Holder
Wooden Base with Picture
Frame and Urn Receptical
Sabine was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of five, settling in New York State. She’s always loved to draw and over the years, developed an interest in the medical and scientific branch of illustration. She is a traditionally trained in artist, majoring in medical and scientific illustration. Sabine received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts from Pace University, and did her Masters studies in Art and Art Therapy at New York University. She subsequently worked as an illustrator and designer in the medical and pharmaceutical advertising fields for over 30 years.
Equally pursuing her creative passion as a fine artist and teacher, Sabine's work has been honored with awards over the years, and has been shown in such prestigious places as the Hudson River Museum of Art, at the Briarcliff Gallery at Pace University, as well as at the Andre Shellingburger Gallery in California. In addition, many of her illustrations have been published in medical journals and other advertising vehicles such as advertisements, brochures, research papers, books and videos.
After moving to Colorado, in June of 2002, Sabine exhibited for the first time at the Pagosa Springs CO Arts Council Gallery, and then had a one-woman show in September 2003, and again in 2010 with A. John Graves and their Animal Verses for Grown-Up Children book and illustrations. Her work has been in the calendars, commissioned public art events, several local and national galleries, as well as private collections around the country. Sabine has been a commissioned artist for several public art projects, including the 2005 San Juan Mountains Association Pumas on Parade project, the 2006 International Parade of Cows – Denver event, and the Cat’n Around Catskill project annually since 2007 (she is the most requested artist for this project, commissioned for 26 kitties to date!) Several years ago, she published a collaborative book, with author A.John Graves, a coffee table book of humorous adult animal verses, entitled Animal Verses for Grown-Up Children, which is for sale through her or online from Blurb.com.
As a career professional artist and designer, she is currently looking forward to opening her own co-op gallery together with her artist husband, Jim Bonavito in Angola-on-the-Lake, NY. She is currently teaching painting and illustration privately, and works as a graphic designer. Sabine currently serves as President of the Evans Art Guild. You can see more of Sabine's work by visiting her website.
Window On The Soul
Private Collection of Roger Sanchez
Sunflower in Glass Bowl
New Hampshire Lighthouse
Original Soft Pastels
Sunset over Lake Erie
Grand View Bay
The Tree at Point Breeze
Garden of the Gods
Born in Calabria (Italy), Ferdinando immigrated to the United States in 1969. From a very early age, his passion rested in Music. The first few years in the USA, he noticed that there was a lack of up-to-date music available both on radio and in stores, with the exception of the city of Toronto in Canada.
Ferdinando decided at that point that the great Italian Community of Buffalo deserved to have what many enjoyed in Canada and in some of the bigger cities of the United States. He started broadcasting Italian programs in 1973, bringing him closer to the Italian Community in many ways. It also gave him the opportunity to begin a series of Cable TV Italian programs for a number of years.
In 2002, while on a cruise, Ferdinando was impressed by a painting that was exposed in the art gallery of the ship, and for days he would purposely visit the gallery to stare at that painting. That was the moment that inspired him deeply, as he casually mentioned to his wife that once they returned home he would replicate that painting.
Once home Ferdinando improvised an easel, bought some paint brushes, some tubes of acrylic paint and a couple of canvases, and he has not stopped since. He started painting landscapes, inspired by pictures from places like Burano (Venice), Santorini (Greece), and many other breathtaking localities.
From there, he moved on to other mediums such as Oils, and Reliefs, also wanting to perfect as much as possible, the human body, faces, hands, the color of the skin, all things that he would have never imagined possible to do. He realizes that the same PASSION that he found in music, he also shares in painting. According to Ferdinando, the greatest feeling each day, is to wake up and see his art work hanging on the walls of his very own house.
As Ferdinando's website is currently under construction, please contact the Evans Art Guild for more info.
Isaiah Rashad II
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Isaiah says he grew up "everywhere." In and out of school during most of his childhood, by the age of Isaiah found himself barely able to read or write. He decided that he truly had a passion for writing, as it was the only way he could voice his thoughts. He attended Riverside High School and was soon approaching graduation time, so Isaiah tried to apply for a job as a New York State Trooper, but was too young. With nowhere to go, Isaiah joined the Army (Infantry), and soon after became a soldier.
At 19 Isaiah found himself in the midst of war in Kuwait, Isaiah went from one way of survival to the next. He was soon awarded his Battalions Battle Flag for work well done, and soon after, Isaiah would go onto win his Soldier of the Month and Soldier of the Quarter Awards. After more than four years back in the States, Isaiah found himself homeless yet again. With dreams of becoming a State Trooper and only $580 to his name, Isaiah drove to find that dream in Minneapolis, MN where he became an officer for the Federal Protective Service Police. He later served as Sheriff's Deputy in Hennipen County, then moved to Denver, Colorado where he became a Denver Sheriff and then achieved his goal of becoming a Colorado State Trooper.
After 10 years on the force and many personal challenges, Isaiah moved back to NY. Despite his personal hurdles, he became an Assistant Professor at Erie Community College. He also learned he had a gift for stone art - something he came upon when he found himself in need of a headstone for his grandmother. In 2013 he decided to write full-time of his life's experiences so that others can learn from his mistakes, failures and successes. To supplement his income, Isaiah began working in cemeteries, creating dedication stone art as well as sculpting stones with the use of hammers and chisels. Isaiah is currently studying for his Masters Degree in Global and Cultural Leadership, and has reunited with his oldest daughter, whom he hadn't seen since birth. To his delight, however, she is also a writer and human rights activist just like her dad.
Isaiah now also writes full-time - human interest stories, manuscripts and scrolls - and creates his stone carvings. We are also very proud to call him Vice President of the Evans Art Guild. You can view more of Isaiah's work HERE.
Custom Gilded Headstone
Custom Stone Sign
Gilded Stone Flag Sculpture
Sculptor and Writer, Isaiah Rashad II
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Dave Lesinski was a public school art teacher in Western New York for 31 years. He graduated SUNY at Buffalo 1966 and holds BA and MA in Art Education. Born in Lackawanna, NY he now lives in Boston NY with his lovely and supportive wife, Joyce. They have three children and three grand children. In addition to teaching, he has worked as a photographer and a commercial artist. For the past 10 years he has studied oil painting with Maryann Doering and pastel painting with George Palmer, both well known Buffalo area artists. He has been greatly influenced by national portrait artists Daniel Green, Richard Schmitt and Everett Kinstler. He works from life and photographs but especially enjoys working from photos of historical re-enactors in authentic dress. His photography skills produce handsome portraits in themselves and have received awards along with the paintings and drawings. He is a member of three local art societies and has exhibited in many local art shows where his work has received various awards. He regularly participates in both portrait and life drawing groups.
Barbara whose Painting name is T’Leah,was born in Crawford County in Western PA.She came to the Buffalo area to be to raise her son as back then there was no easy transportation to town. Her father, was working at Bethlehem Steel at the time, She helped her mom who became disabled. She has an AAS in data programming, was on the honors list and used to program computers. She has worked at the American Lung Assoc, OLV office and the Evans Town Hall. When her son was grown went to Work At Walmart after her cancer treatments at Roswell Park which was a very difficult time.. She survived Cancer.
She painted in high school. When the PBS art shows came on and she started to paint in oils. Now she paints using Golden Open Acrylics as well.. She also learned patience and when to put the painting to the side when it went sideways. The web came along with the on line artists that helped her to paint better through DVD’s. Darrell Crow is one of these artists.
Barb quit painting for quite sometime due to health issues, but is now back to painting. Now in her 60’s, she is still on the computer, doing some on-line activism and working on crowd-funding to replace her 17 year, rusted out car. Her friend is helping her to host the fund. She is doing paintings for those who donate. Due to her health issues, Barb is spending more time at home, and is now able to do her painting and also is spending time with her Kitty Fancy The Kat. She is making a film on the time Fancy the Kat almost died of an injury. She still gets sick as it is an auto immune illness. Her son became a professional trucker so he is off a lot. She talks to him often on the marvelous new technology of today.
Barb has won two 3rd place ribbons in oils from the EAG Art Show in past exhibits. She likes painting horses, cats and landscapes, and has submitted pen and ink drawings for the annual Evans Art Guild calendar.
I am a self-taught artist, born, raised and lived in Florence, Italy where I began painting in a Florence Art School.
I recently moved to Buffalo, NY and returned to painting as if time stood still!
My artworks (acrylic on canvas) are primarily focused on contemporary expressions of urban scenes. Constantly searching for different subject matter, I try to express on canvas the beauty, the feelings, the combination of situations, the myriad of colors and the countless facets of everyday life.
Please visit my website at www.robertolepre.comand/or my Facebook page at Roberto Lepre fine artwork.
I hope you enjoy my artworks. All artworks are for sale.
Available for commissioned work: portrait or painting of your favorite subject/scene/house/location
8 - Fishermen's village in Sicily, Original Acrylics
Forced into Eetirement
9 - Forced into retirement ( Pensionamento immeritato ), Original Mixed Media
Manhattan stand, Original Acrylics
Queens New York
12 - Queens, NY, Original Acrylics
Door & Vespa in the Chianti
Door & Vespa in the Chianti region, Italy - Original Acrylics
Rue in Monte-Carlo
Rue in Monte-Carlo, Original Acrylics
Door and Vespa, Siena italy
Door & Vespa in Siena, Italy - Original Acrylics
Door And Vespa in Siena
3 - Door & Vespa in Siena, Italy - Original Acrylics
Transit Road in Amherst, NY
Transit Road, Amherst, NY - Original Acrylics
6 - Broadway, Original Acrylics
Watching the Swollen River
Watching the swollen river (guardando il fiume in piena) - Original Acrylics
NYC snow, Original Acrylics
Mary Ellen Hanna
Mary Ellen Hanna an artist enjoying several mediums, including Watercolor, Mixed Media, Conte’, Charcoal, Pencil and Pen and Ink.
Born and raised in WNY, she earned her BS Degree in Art Education at Buffalo State, including extensive studies in Art Therapy andGraphic Design. After a 25 year career as a Graphic Artist, Advertising Executive, Teacher and Social Services Professional, Mary Ellen isnow “retired” and therefore is better able to focusing primarily on her creative processes.
Mary Ellen's extensive career responsibilities have helped her hone abilities to draw and create balanced and rhythmic compositions, by manipulating line, space, shapes, textures, values, and color. Her works have evolved to incorporate powerful complimentary color schemes.
Mary Ellen has always been driven by an innate need to create for the purpose of self-expression. Whether it be painting, decorating, cooking, gardening, collecting, entertaining, or teaching, she delights in the world around her. When painting she works tointerpret her subject, rather than imitate. Mary Ellen says she sees and senses a special spirit within my subject, allowing her to be one with it.