For Artists
Pick Up: Feb 5, 9a - 12p
Chair(s): Sandy Cook


January 3, 2024
- February 2, 2024

The holidays are over. 2024 begins with our Interlude exhibit. Time to celebrate our local artists!

Don Zelazny
Barbara Rathbun
Pat Jackson
Diane Stratton-Smith

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For Artists
Pick Up: Feb 5, 9a - 12p
Chair(s): Sandy Cook

About the Artists

About Don Zelazny

Although quite new to painting, Don Zelazny has always had a deep creative sense that has been expressed through his lifelong love of music and his passion for cooking delicious food for others. Having spent nearly half his life living in the nearby city of Rochester, Don found himself captivated by the beauty of the Finger Lakes when he moved to the area in 1991. The barns and old buildings that are abundantly dotted throughout the landscape are heavily featured in his work. Don draws inspiration for his watercolor paintings from a variety of styles, most notably American Folk Art and American Impressionism.

Guided and encouraged by artists he met through the Yates Arts Center Don has found immense joy in learning from others and experimenting with his newfound knowledge and skills. He continues to invest in learning all he can from fellow artists, taking classes, and continually striving to improve his craft. Most especially, he loves the acceptance
and friendship of the creative community that has supported and encouraged him.

About Pat Jackson

Although I took several art classes as an undergraduate at Syracuse University and produced illustrations for an off campus newspaper, I didn't actively pursue art until I enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York City in my late 20s — mostly for my own gratification and from which I received a degree in illustration. Once again, art fell to the wayside while I pursued other goals. Perhaps 10 years later, I began taking continuing education classes – mostly pastels – at Cooper Union. I also joined New Century Artists, an artists' association that maintained a gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea area where my work was shown. I returned to the Corning area in 2007 and branched into other media including stained glass and ceramics. I have also shown my work at the Blue Mountain Lake Arts Center, the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, 171 Cedar Arts and the Arts Center of Yates County, among others.

About Diane Stratton-Smith

I am registered, board-certified and licensed as a Creative Arts Therapist in New York
State since 2012. I have an undergraduate degree in Arts and Psychology from Empire State College and a Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Nazareth College. I am also a certified SoulCollage® facilitator, having taken the facilitator training in 2015 and again in 2019. I worked as an Art Therapist at Noyes Mental Health and Wellness in Dansville from 2010 through 2018 and since 2016 I have been a clinical supervisor in the Art Therapy Clinic of York Wellness & Rehabilitation at Nazareth College. I enjoy sharing the power and process of art therapy with clients of many ages. My psychotherapeutic experience encompasses individual and group work, with expertise in transitions, stress management, loss and grief, trauma, LGBT issues, substance recovery, women’s wellness, chronic illness and end of life. My wealth of experience in art includes drawing, painting, fiber arts and weaving, wood-block carving and printing, clay-work, leather-work, sculpting and carving, and collage. My most relevant discovery has been the power of art therapy and creative work. I have experienced its beneficial value first-hand. My work as an art therapist is informed by interpersonal neurobiology and how the creative process enhances powerfully restorative neural pathways. My creative work is greatly influenced by my love of nature (both spiritually and in my mundane life). The colors and forms ever-present in the world around us, offer themselves to me and spur me to create with them.