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Two exhibits to open in Batavia at Water Street Studios

Artists Collective to unveil diverse works

"Settling in Down South" by Rita Brace will be featured in her oil painting exhibit at Water Street Studios in Batavia, opening with a reception Aug. 10.
"Settling in Down South" by Rita Brace will be featured in her oil painting exhibit at Water Street Studios in Batavia, opening with a reception Aug. 10.

BATAVIA – A reception will launch the opening of “The Collective Group Show” by the Water Street Studios Artists Collective from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 in Batavia.

The second-floor gallery will display oil paintings by Rita Brace.

The 14-member collective will display work in a variety of media, including painting, photography, mixed media, scratchboard, assemblages and sculpture, a news release stated. Artists Collective members include Richard DeVeau, Lisa Goesling, David Hauptschein, Chris Hodge, Anke Korioth, Kathy McDonald, Bill McGrath, Janice Meister, Joe Milosevich, Colin Sherrell, Steve Sherrell, Carol Weber, David Wensel and Angela Wilson.

The members work in a range of contemporary art styles and media. Formed in 2016, the group aims to foster a mutually supportive environment of collaboration and professional growth, while contributing to the success of Water Street Studios’ gallery program.

Brace lived on Cape Cod for 40 years and recently moved to Oklahoma. Her paintings are inspired by the two different locations and her show is titled “From the Heartland.”

Artists will be present at the reception to discuss their work and answer questions. Appetizers will be provided by Gaetano’s restaurant in Batavia, and a cash bar will offer beer and wine. Admission is free, with visitors encouraged to make a $5 donation at the door to support arts programming at Water Street Studios.

Both exhibits will continue until Sept. 9 at 160 S. Water St. Gallery hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit waterstreetstudios.org.

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