ALLEGANY - The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) presents the work of the Jamestown Community College painting and ceramic students from the fall 2012 semester.
The artwork is currently on display at CCAC at 100 W. Main St. in Allegany until the end of February.
The idea for an exhibition of work was a collaborative effort between CCAC and painting instructor Theresa Heinz and ceramics instructor Peter Goergen.
"We wanted a way to show off the work of the students in Mrs. Heinz's and Mr. Goergen's classes to the community," said Courtney Blackmon, CCAC's programs and grants manager. "This is a great way to support the arts of our region and allow the community to see the wonderful work being created by our local students."
"I am continually surprised by the creativity and talent I see in our JCC students," Heinz said. "Often my students express trepidation at the beginning of the painting class, some having never taken a painting class, or having not had an art class years previously when they were in high school. By the end of 15 weeks they are confident and excited about expressing themselves in painting."
Goergen teaches JCC classes as well as courses for community members at the Arts Council throughout the year.
"The relationship CCAC and JCC has forged has been beneficial for both organizations. Theresa and I are grateful to CCAC for providing the venue for the JCC classes and for hosting this first exhibition of our painting and ceramics students from the Olean campus," Goergen said.
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 15 years with quality arts programs and services. For more information about CCAC and community art classes and workshops, visit www.myartscouncil.net.