Current and Upcoming Events

  • Feather of Hope at Cumming Nature Center

    September 4 & 5 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Join us for a community art project and create a Feather of Hope to add to a woodland sculpture! Based on Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope is the thing with feathers," local Finger Lakes artist Kim Bellavia is creating a figurative sculpture located on the Helen Gordon Trail at Cumming Nature Center. This figure will be sitting in a nest made out of organic, natural materials such as grapevine, willow branches, and sticks. Through her work, Bellavia will use the imagery of nesting and owls to explore the themes of transformation, hope, and home that have emerged during the pandemic.

    On Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5, the public is invited to come and paint a wooden feather with something that gives them hope. Participants will then hang their feather of Hope on the nest, slowly adding to the installation over the weekend. This sculpture will remain on the Helen Gordon Trail through October 31, 2021.

    Community workshop dates: September 4 & 5
    Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (this event is come-and-go)

    This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Auburn Public Theater’s Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants Program.

    Event Dates:
    • Saturday, September 4, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    • Sunday, September 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Event Location:
    6472 Gulick Road
    New York
  • Intimate Connections Workshop

    Individual Artist Grant from NYSCA

    This project titled, "Intimate Connections; Nature and Human Nature,” is based on my new sculpture series. My work is the process of creating abstract interpretations of the natural world in direct relationship with the human experience. I believe that the natural environment in which we live is a reflection of who we are as beings. This series of work is a reflection of my experiences on a sense of place, here in the Finger Lakes Region, revealing intimate connections to the complex relationships between human nature and the natural world. Being intimate with the natural world means opening and connecting to the life that lives and breathes outside of ourselves. The sculptures are constructed using a unique process of blending disregarded materials such as tree stumps, branches, moss, vines, and more, combined with an earthen material cobb (clay, sand, soil, fibers) using an additive sculptural process. Gathering materials from the natural environment is a large part of my studio practice. Exploring the landscape of my home in the Finger Lakes has led me to collecting materials that are natural and widely available from the woodland areas. The cob mixture materials of sand from the lake, soil from the landscape, and clay from waterfall ravines of a local state park, represent our region. The process of combining disregarded forest material with the earthen material of cob is in a sense creating something out of nothing, however, each piece gives way to a truth or knowledge of being human. My work has a figurative presence exemplifying the characteristics of the human experience through gesture and scale and reveal the human aura that I see in the trees and wildlife. The unique mixed media materials in my work, along with the creative process used, will be unique and engaging for the participants.

    This project took place in August 2020, at Sandy Bottom Beach park in Honeoye, NY because of the pandemic only 9 people participated.
    We mixed 100lbs of clay with sand soil and fibers to create the cobb material and the 9 participants created their own unique sculptures. Here are some photos of the event.

    Event Dates:
    • Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 11:00am
    Event Location:
    Sandy Bottom Beach
    New York
  • Whispering from the Woods, Nature Art, Nature sculpture

    Virtual Exhibition: Explore Art Around The World

    This is a unique global art project featuring artists working in more than 40 countries. The goal of the project is to improve access to art and to provide new opportunities for artists. The exhibition features fine art, photography, performance, filmmaking, sound recording, sculpture and many forms of artistic media.

    When taking the virtual tour you can view Kim's pieces on the wall to the left of the information desk!

    Event Dates:
    Event Location:
    London U.K. - Virtual Exhibition