Finger Lakes Times - Thursday, January 30, 2020

Article in the Finger Lakes Times - Thursday, January 30, 2020

Opening reception for Cobblestone exhibit tonight

FARMINGTON — An opening reception for the latest exhibit at Cobblestone Arts Center featuring the inspiring work of local artists Michael L. Tucker and Kim Bellavia will be 5 to 7 p.m. this evening, Jan. 30.
The exhibit, which will remain on view through Sunday, March 1, will feature a variety of paintings, sculptures, and photographs. During the free opening reception, attendees can meet the artists, view the artwork, and enjoy wine and “tiny bites.”
Tucker is an abstract painter and photographer. He holds an associate degree in fine arts from Finger Lakes Community College, has won several awards (The International Photography Award, Getty Images), and traveled the globe.
He is a veteran experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Upon retiring from the military in 2015, his love for art was rekindled. Today, he openly discusses the many ways art has given him a space to express feelings and experiences otherwise difficult to share.
Tucker states, “Through self-reflection and internal vision, I create my art, and it allows me to heal both emotionally and mentally.”
Bellavia is a mixed media artist. Her work draws inspiration from nature of the Finger Lakes Region. She often uses natural materials such as moss, twigs, and tree stumps which create a whimsical and enchanting effect. When describing her work, Bellavia states, “It depicts how nature and human nature weave themselves in to the intrigue of life and entropy of existence.” Her display at Cobblestone will feature her most recent work.
Bellavia taught art at Cobblestone from 2003-2019 and is beloved amongst students and staff for her light heartedness and imagination.
Daily viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, or by appointment.
For more information, call (585) 398-0220 or visit