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"Spring Daffodils In Our Yard/ Signs of Hope" Fiber Artwork by Kari Roslund

Spring has sprung at the TCAC

     With the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, the TCAC is ready to spring into action with new classes, art shows, and the Southern Tier Biennial!
     In the coming weeks we have beloved local artist Peg Bothner with her show "Maestro Moods", Geraldine Nash Smith will be teaching a hand-building pottery class, the Southern Tier Biennial comes back with a call for entries, and we say goodbye to Laura Cole with her popular dual shows, "Edwardian Olean" and "Through the Looking Glass"

     Looking ahead we're featuring father & son artists Peter and Mike Jones, Art in the Park and the Celebration of the Arts return this summer after a year off for Covid-19, the prestigious Southern Tier Biennial in September, as well as a new favorite, "A Little Something" members' show coming in November (Information will be coming for all these events in the coming months) along with more classes.
     Thank you so much for your continued support through memberships and donations. You've helped ensure that we can continue our mission of bringing the arts to rural Western NY.

Next in the TCAC Gallery:

Peg Bothner: Maestro Moods

April 16th- May 22 at the TCAC Gallery
Artist Reception will be held by reservation from 1 – 5 p.m., Sun. April 25.
For reservations, please visit:

Gallery hours are 12 - 6 p.m., Tues. to Fri., and 12 - 5 p.m., Sat. 

    The Tri-County Arts Council is honored to exhibit “Maestro Moods” watercolors, mixed-media, and charcoal sketches with an orchestral theme by celebrated Olean artist, Peg Bothner, from April 16 to May 22 at the TCAC Gallery, 110 W. State St., Olean.
    Bothner’s charcoal sketches, watercolors and portraits of individuals, dancers, and musicians all abound with a lively joy and spontaneity, each revealing a unique and sophisticated style by an equally warm and lively artist.
     Her art has hung in galleries and museums throughout Western New York including the Albright-Knox in Buffalo. She studied with watercolorist Robert Blair who was director of the Olean Art Association and Catherine Nelson of Alfred University. The Olean Art Association later became the Cattaraugus Arts Council and more recently has expanded to include Chautauqua and Allegany Counties as the Tri-County Arts Council.
    Bothner first discovered her love for drawing at age10 when she took her first art class from a neighborhood artist in Hartford, CT.
     “She would set up a still life for us each week in her living room,” she said, warmly recalling the eggplant and spotty bananas she first learned to paint.
     After high school she studied with a Yale University professor from whom she developed skills in pastels and watercolors. Later, she attended the Woodstock of the Art Students League from New York City where her expertise in watercolors expanded.
     “It was time well spent.  Later, I simplified by going into black and white or charcoal,” she said.
     She and her late husband, Dick, a biology professor at St. Bonaventure, moved to Olean in 1958 where they raised their four children. 
     Reflecting on her vibrant career as an artist, which has sustained her through many of life’s hurdles and challenges, Bothner admitted, “I don’t know what I would do without it.”

New Class:

Soft Slab Hand-Building
with Geraldine Nash Smith

What: Soft Slab Hand-building
When: Saturdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, April 10,17, 24, & May 1, 2021
Who: Participation is limited to 8 people, ages 18 & up
Cost: Class is $60 for family memberships and above,
$70 for non-members

This class will cover one aspect of clay hand-building, known as soft slab construction. We will be making functional pieces that demonstrate how to use paper patterns, hump and slump molds, how and when to attach feet, handles and lids. We will also cover combining forms to make larger pieces. There will also be demonstrations of decorating techniques with slips and glazes. Supplies included.
To Sign up, please call (716) 372-7455 or email us at

* Masks covering nose and mouth along with social distancing required at all times during classes

Call for Work:

Southern Tier Biennial

September 25 - November 6, 2021
Application Deadline June 5, 2021
TCAC Gallery, Olean NY

It's time once again for the prestigious Southern Tien Biennial!
Open to all artists working in visual media, 18 years of age or older, who are currently residing in New York State's Southern Tier (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins counties). All works must be original and completed within the past two years. Work previously submitted to the Southern Tier Biennial is not eligible.
Accepted works are exhibited in the stunning Tri-County Arts Council Gallery in Olean, New York.
This year's Jurors are Mizin Shin and Brian Lee Whisenhunt

For more information and to apply visit

This project is produced by the Tri-County Arts Council and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney. 


Don't Miss This Show! 

Laura Cole -"Edwardian Olean" &
"Through the Looking Glass"

Laura Cole's dual show has been a huge hit with art lovers and history buffs alike! Don't miss your chance to see her work, now through April 3rd in the TCAC Gallery.

Call for Work:

Artisans Market, Call For Work

Did you know that members can sell their hand-made goods and artwork in the TCAC Artisan's Market?
Stop by with samples of your work, or email Sean Huntington at to get started! 

*Everything must be made by the artist- no kits, buy/sell etc., and we do require a light jury.

Be Part of the TCAC! 

Looking for part time employment? Or to volunteer? The TCAC is seeking qualified candidates with creative mindsets to help fulfill our mission to bring the arts to the Tri-County Region.
Contact Co-Executive Director Mikel Wintermantel at / (716) 372-7455 for more information.
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