Rochester Art Club organizes annual showcase at Fisher

The paintings will be in the Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery until March 28.

*Video by Cardinal Television*

By Olivia Wild, Staff Writer

On the night of Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery of the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center, the Rochester Art Club organized its annual spring showcasing for the signature members of the club.

Snacks and beverages were served for the attendees. Members of the RAC, community and faculty were taking part in the event.

Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, the president of the RAC, along with the help of Loree Harpole, the show chair for this specific event, helped organize the venue and event in general.

In order to organize the event, Zefting-Kuhn said, “we have these procedures that we use to organize these events so we send out… a show prospectus… membership goes to the signature members only because that’s what this show is.”

Zefting-Kuhn said that the club is “always looking for exhibiting space and when this opened up, one of my board members discovered it.”

That is why they have been using the Patricia O’Keefe Ross Art Gallery for this event. The paintings will be in held in the gallery until March 28, said Zefting-Kuhn.

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Loree Harpole, a signature member of the RAC, has volunteered to be the show chair for this specific event. She has been a part of the club for almost five years now.

Harpole’s responsibility for this event was to contact certain people to hang up the artwork, the company to cater, people who are going to take the artwork down, and help Zefting-Kuhn in general.

“I volunteer for different shows, last year for our fall show, I was the hanging chair so I chose a couple of people to hang the work that was juried in that show,” Harpole said. “I try to support the group as much as I can and I try to paint when I can.”

Christy Vitale has been an associate member for almost a year, attended the event to support the club and admire all of the works that the event presented.

“I like to see what the signature members have done,” said Vitale

Vitale said that the responsibility for an associate member is to “provide workshops for the members, either workshops on different styles of painting or on how to market your work.”

“I think it’s just an uplifting opportunity to see all the different kinds of work that are there and some of the paintings… just elevate your spirit,” she said. “They’re just beautiful, some of them are just beautiful,”

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