The First ArtScape Jamestown Outdoor Gallery Opens

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Jamestown Renaissance Corporation

The inaugural ArtScape Jamestown public art show is now on display in downtown Jamestown, N.Y.

ArtScape is an outdoor public “gallery” created by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation in partnership with the Chautauqua Art Gallery and the City of Jamestown Parks Department. It displays works of art by local artists on banners in the downtown area.

ArtScape aims to represent a diverse group of regional artists from all walks of life. From February through April of this year, local artists submitted up to three works of art for this unique outdoor art show. In April, a jury of arts professionals selected 53 of the 248 artworks submitted. These 53 works have been professionally photographed and printed on banners that will hang downtown throughout the rest of the year and into 2024. A brochure with a walking tour of the outdoor gallery is available at restaurants, hotels, and attractions throughout Chautauqua County, including The Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, and Chautauqua Art Gallery.

The original artwork for the banners was on view at Chautauqua Art Gallery from June 16 – July 15 and remains on the gallery’s website while the banners are displayed, ChautauquaArtGallery.com/ArtScape.

“I am thrilled to support this program through Chautauqua Art Gallery,” said Leslie Calimeri, owner of Chautauqua Art Gallery. “The ArtScape banner project was able to reach a wide scope of local artists and truly show off the talent we have in our community. We aim to continue this project annually, and I look forward to seeing many more incredible local artists represented on the banners.”

The Artscape banner program is made possible through the support of local businesses that sponsored banners. Each business or person who sponsored a banner has their name printed on the banner below the artist’s name. When the banners come down at the end of the program, they will be given to the sponsors. Banner sponsors are also listed in the walking tour brochure.

“Public artwork creates beauty, builds community, and gives people a reason to explore downtown Jamestown. It is wonderful to see local businesses supporting this project and helping to foster a sense of community and pride in our city.”, said Frank Besse, Executive Director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. I’m looking forward to seeing people take the ArtScape walking tour and discovering everything our downtown offers.”

ArtScape Jamestown was also able to kick off its inaugural year through funds generously donated from the Sheldon Foundation Director’s Discretionary Grant, as directed by Alexis T. Singleton and with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Services Inc.

Original artwork from the ArtScape banners is available to view and purchase on Chautauqua Art Gallery’s website: https://ChautauquaArtGallery.com. The Chautauqua Art Gallery is now open Wednesday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At 318 N. Main Street in Jamestown, (716) 294-3027.

About Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC)

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a non-profit and public-private partnership dedicated to revitalizing and enhancing Jamestown, New York. Through collaborative partnerships and innovative programs, the JRC creates a vibrant, thriving community that fosters economic growth, strengthens neighborhoods, and improves the quality of life for all residents. Information about the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is available at https://www.jamestownrenaissance.org/