International Rotary Club project at Bush Elementary School

International Rotary Club project  at Bush Elementary School

Article Contributed by David Troxell Recently, Rotary Club of Jamestown member David Troxell and his wife Marissa visited Bush Elementary school in Jamestown. This was a follow up visit to Mrs. Amy Anderson’s 3rd grade class. Last November, the Troxells presented highlights of their work in a charity school in Cambodia through the local Rotary […]

3rd on 3rd Gallery Now Accepting Submissions for #Myjtownny Instagram Photography Show

3rd on 3rd Gallery Now Accepting Submissions for #Myjtownny Instagram Photography Show

  Contributed by The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts   The 3rd on 3rd Gallery at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is accepting submissions for its next show, #Myjtownny, through Instagram until June 29 at midnight. The exhibit will open in the newly placed 3rd on 3rd Gallery at 108 E. 3rd St. A free public reception will be held August 3 at 5:30 p.m. during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. “Every year during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival thousands of tourists visit the area,” said Debra Eck, curator. “The aim of this show is to showcase our local Jamestown to them. Jamestown is a wonderful city, lets show our best face to the world.”  The 2016 #Myjtownny  exhibit featured 13 participants from the area. Anyone with an Instagram account may submit. No prior or professional experience is required. All entries must be tagged #Myjtownny. Pictures must be taken in the Jamestown city limits and the image comments should identify the location. Filters and image manipulation are allowed. Entries will be accepted until June 29 at midnight. Entrants will be notified of show inclusion by private message on Instagram by midnight, July 6 and are responsible for printing their entry at 12-by-12 inches, and delivering them to the gallery no later than July 19 at 4 p.m. #Myjtownny will have a soft opening July 24 at 10 a.m. followed by a public reception August 3 at 5:30 p.m. prior to Candid Camera: 8 Decades of Smiles with Peter Funt on the Reg Lenna stage at 7:30 p.m.  #Myjtownny will remain open to the public through August 27. Shows at 3rd on 3rd Gallery are made possible by grant support from New York State Council On The Arts. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3rd On 3rd Gallery is located at 108 E. Third St. in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in Jamestown. For more information visit reglenna.com

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Announces June Public Event for Urban Design Plan

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Announces June Public Event for Urban Design Plan

Contributed by The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) will host another event next week to garner input on an Urban Design Plan for the city. The public is invited to attend an evening presentation on Wednesday June 13th, from 5:30–7:00 pm. The presentation will be held at Venue 31, located at 31 […]

JCC Students Honored By Phi Theta Kappa

JCC Students Honored By Phi Theta Kappa

    Contributed by Jamestown Community College Recent Jamestown Community College graduates Marina Kessler, Kathryn Nicholson, and Johanna Nordland were among the State University and City University of New York placed on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2018 All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges. The students were honored in Albany earlier this spring for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to their colleges and communities. Kessler, a Fredonia resident, graduated with an associate’s degree in biotechnology. She received the JCC Trustee Award for the highest academic achievement in her degree area. Kessler plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics at the State University of New York at Fredonia. While at JCC, Kessler served as secretary of Phi Theta Kappa and vice president of the DNA Club and was a member of the golf team. Nicholson, who lives in Great Valley, earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences: mathematics and science. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences at Binghamton University. She was treasurer of Student Senate and served as a peer tutor for three semesters on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus. Nordland graduated with an associate’s degree in criminal justice and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University. She served as secretary of the Criminal Justice Club and treasurer of PTK and the Leadership Club. Nordland was an intern at Love Elementary School and Chautauqua County Family Court. The PTK academic team awards are sponsored by the New York Community College Trustees, the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges, and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

From Trash To Treasure

From Trash To Treasure

Contributing Writer Jill Bladh   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when looking at tangled piles of junky costume jewelry and broken watches there’s really no beauty to be found.  That is until Terry Lair, head of the art department at Aspire on Mall Blvd (Facebook page iXpress), gets ahold of those tacky odds ‘n’ ends. Along with the help of her students at Aspire, extraordinary collages and mosaics are created, a la Trashe Art. I discovered the Aspire art department years ago when I would bring my dog, Carmen, to Aspire for pet therapy. We visited with challenged adults who worked in the art room and that is where I met an incredible artist, Terry Lair. The paintings she and her students created were and are terrific, selling at art shows and being made into greeting cards. I also noticed that Terry could take any arbitrary item and cultivate a lovely artistic production that ranged from fun and winsome to exquisite. That level of creativity astounded me and embedded in my memory. Soon after a visit to Terry’s studio, I was at a local thrift store. A friend who works there told me that any junk jewelry that didn’t sell within a few weeks was thrown into the garbage. I’m no fan of jewelry, let alone costume jewelry, but I couldn’t stand the thought of a grocery bag full of plastic and metal was routinely being thrown away; more garbage in the landfill. I asked if I could buy those bags for a nominal amount, knowing that I had a use for it. Wait-what?? A “use” for junk jewelry?? Yep-I put a call in to Terry. Almost as if by magic or casting incantations, she and her students use the junk jewelry to create stunningly beautiful mosaics; these unique, one-of-a-kind treasures are astonishing in their incredible detail. Almost weekly I’m astounded by their creations. After a few years of pet therapy, Carmen’s career as a therapy dog had to end due to heart disease. In appreciation for the years of fun and smiles that Carmen elicited from the staff and students alike, Terry and ten of her students created the most magnificent composition they have ever made (in my opinion): A recreation of Carmen’s face. They used chain necklaces, beads and decorative pins to recreate her precious face. To this day I continue to drop off bags of junk jewelry that will ultimately be transformed into jaw-droppingly (literally) marvelous mosaics. I’m happy to report that these wonderful works of art are available to be seen and possibly purchased at the Lakewood Memorial Library for the month of June.   

Prendergast Library is Ready to Read This Summer!

Prendergast Library is Ready to Read This Summer!

Contributed by Prendergast Library The library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep kids – and adults – reading all summer long. Prendergast Library is excited to announce that “Libraries Rock!” This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about music and creativity. The library hopes to help kids maintain their reading skills and avoid the […]

Secrets to Looking Young

Contributing Writer Jeffrey Barkstrom One noticeable thing that happens to people as they feel better, they also look better.  What are the things that make people both look and feel better?  Let’s take a look. To start, we need to avoid processed foods, processed food have chemical preservatives and additives added to them that have […]

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