LCS teacher Michelle Garlock is shown during the 2011 FLCC Alumni Awards with Professor Emeritus Wayne Williams. Submitted photo

Finger Lakes Community College’s two art galleries – Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 and ArtSpace36 – will showcase the work of accomplished alumni in exhibits set to open later this month, one of the alumni is a teacher at Lima Christian School.

The Biennial Alumni Exhibition in Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 will showcase the work of artists Melissa Newcomb ’02 and Dee Westfall ’14, both members of the Keuka College art faculty. The exhibit opened Thursday, Jan. 30 with a 2 p.m. talk by the artists, followed by an appetizers reception sponsored by the FLCC Foundation from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Three additional art alumni will be celebrated just a few miles away, at the College’s downtown gallery, ArtSpace36. Jessica Marianacci Valone ’08, Erica Bapst ’98 and Michelle Garlock ’87 will be featured in the exhibit, also set to open Thursday, Jan. 30. A free, public reception and talk by the artists is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

After graduating from FLCC, Marianacci Valone went to Alfred University, where she earned a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in ceramics. She completed an apprenticeship at the Rochester Folk Art Guild and is now a studio potter with her own business, JMV Ceramics.

Bapst earned a bachelor of fine arts in metalsmithing from Syracuse University in 2001 and ran a jewelry boutique, Adorn, for several years in the storefront that now houses ArtSpace36. Her community contributions and achievements have garnered several awards through the years, including an Outstanding Alumni Art Achievement Award from the FLCC Alumni Association.

Garlock earned a bachelor of science degree in art therapy from the College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Her career has included positions at Happiness House and with area schools, including her current post as a teacher at Lima Christian School. She and her husband, Gary, own Master Peace Painting & Construction. The business combines his construction background with her work as a painter, specializing in faux finishing, a craft she studied in New York City, Italy and France. Garlock also received the FLCC Outstanding Alumni Art Achievement Award.

Opening events for the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 and ArtSpace36 exhibits are free and open to all. The exhibits run through Feb. 28.
Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 is located on the first-floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. ArtSpace36 is located at 36 S. Main Street, Canandaigua.

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