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Arts and Cultural Center at Genesee Community College provides annual season line-up

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BATAVIA, N.Y. -- The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York announces the confirmed events for 2018-2019 coming season. Brighten your holidays - literally - with "A Very Electric Christmas," performed by Lightwire Theatre on Sunday, November 18, 2018 with two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Stuart Steiner Theatre in Batavia. Audiences of all ages will love this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits.

Check out the production trailer at https://www.lightwiretheater.com/a-very-electric-christmas/. Tickets for these shows are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (55+) and students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

The schedule at GCC's Roz Steiner Art Gallery continues to capture the wide array of dynamic work in the visual arts featuring drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and language arts in the following four exhibits:
  • The Fall exhibit schedule begins with "Portraits on Recycled Trash" by Dion Hitchings on display from August 23 - September 22, 2018 in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery. Through the untraditional media of children's art supplies and consumer boxes, Hitchings offers a glimpse into a unique world that is filled with altered and complex viewpoints giving the audience an opportunity to 'think outside the box.' Gallery receptions will be held on August 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Welcoming visitors into the Stuart Steiner Theatre lobby from August 15 - September 22, 2018 is an impressive photography exhibit entitled "Landscape Interaction/ Intervention" which celebrates the work of students enrolled in GCC's Intermediate Photography; a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) class taught by Associate Professor of Photography and Art, Joe Ziolkowski in collaboration with Associate Lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's School of Art in Australia, Rebecca Najdowski. Experience the powerful images that expanded student knowledge of landscape, trans-national, trans-cultural and trans-photography concepts between the United States and Australia. The exhibit is simultaneously on display at GCC and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. More of the student's works are visible at https://interaction-intervention.weebly.com/. Meet the talented contributing artists at the gallery receptions on August 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • From October 4 - October 25, 2018 the Galley will display a photographic exhibit by Ryan Gustman. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome early in life, Gustman spent most of his adolescence alone, in his own world, with no outlet until he discovered a passion for photography. While engaging in urban exploration he found a way to calm his mind and his soul through photographic documentation of abandoned buildings. Lecture will be held on October 25, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Going beyond conscious intention to make coherent images from irrational juxtaposition of disparate parts is the impetus of Emily Kenas' work. While making new sense of recognizable materials, her work "Assemblage" occupies a space between painting and sculpture and will occupy the Gallery from November 13 - December 14, 2018. Kenas will lecture on November 29, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • A collection of paintings by Muhammad Zaman, entitled "Finding Amal" will be exhibited from January 22 - February 22, 2019. Amal, meaning 'hope' in Arabic is what Zaman hopes to inspire through his work. "Finding Amal" features compositions of urban calligraphy that combine the three languages that are the cornerstones of the artist's culture: Arabic, English and Bangla. Each individual canvas expresses a word, phrase or concept as if they were messages dedicated to the entire human race. The artist will lecture on January 31, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Roz Steiner Art Gallery is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open during special events as published at www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts. Admission is free. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Mary Jo Whitman at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6490, or via email: mjwhitman@genesee.edu.