Art On Display

Displayed student art continues to improve the look of downtown Jamestown.

On Thursday, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation hosted a gathering at the Winter Garden Plaza with arts faculty and students from Jamestown High School to celebrate the latest expansion of the Potters gALLErY project. Seven new pieces of student artwork have been installed on the north side of the plaza, on the side wall of 317 N. Main St. The seven pieces of art were done by Adreanna Covert, Dalton Lanphere, Debora Dutra, Nick Lombardo, Nicole Larsen, Matt Walsh and Haley Ford. Stephanie Baker, Jamestown art teacher, said the pieces consist of several different varieties of artwork from chalk pastel to oil paintings to acrylic to digital to mixed media to tempera.

“The variety of the work shows the diversity of the students,” she said.

Peter Lombardi, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation executive director, said this is the fourth year of the Potters gALLErY art project. He said the art has been weatherized by Vacanti’s Extreme Signs in Fredonia to stand up to seasonal weather elements.

“This way they don’t fade and they will stay in good shape,” he said.

Lombardi talked about how the area where the Winter Garden Plaza used to be an empty theater. He said the new art is along the wall is an appropriate area seeing the location used to be a downtown theater. He said the block itself wasn’t the most attractive in Jamestown until recent renovation projects were done to improve the look of the buildings around the plaza on North Main Street.

“You now have contributed to beautifying downtown Jamestown,” Lombard said. “The past three or four years, there has been a lot of facade improvements … there is a lot of activity on this block.”

The alley art gallery originated in Potters Alley between Third and Fourth streets and has gradually moved throughout the city. It was established in 2010 through grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Gebbie Foundation.