Wa­ter­col­ors ex­hibit shows love of coun­try­side

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Food + Fun -

ONEIDA, N.Y. » Wa­ter-col­orist Roberta Schi­avi will have her work fea­tured in the Griff­ing Gallery of the Kallet Civic Cen­ter, 159MainSt., Oneida, through the month of Oc­to­ber.

“I loved draw­ing at an early age and have al­ways been in­ter­ested in the beauty that sur­rounds me,” Schi­avi said. “Work­ing with my hands and cre­at­ing new things has al­ways made me happy. My mother said I in­her­ited my tal­ent from my grand­fa­ther.”

Grow­ing up in Mas­sachusetts, Schi­avi said she en­joyed look­ing at the colo­nial build­ings, gar­dens and lakes. “I re­mem­ber watch­ing slide shows of my un­cle’s trips through­out Europe and be­ing amazed by the ar­chi­tec­ture of the mu­se­ums and churches. Draw­ing and gar­den­ing have been my fa­vorite pas­times through­out the years while rais­ing my fam­ily.”

When she was 10, Schi­avi’s fam­ily moved to Utica, where she be­gan tak­ing art cour­ses at Mun­son-Wil­liams-Proc­tor Art In­sti­tute. She said her great­est art in­flu­ences were her high school art teacher and artists Ed­ward Chris­tiana and Ralph Mur­ray, but she’s also taken sev­eral classes with nu­mer­ous other artists over the years.

Schi­avi stud­ied fine arts in Bos­ton and later re­ceived a graphic de­sign de­gree from Mo­hawk Val­ley Com­mu­nity Col­lege. She’s also painted with lo­cal artists and the Moun­tain Air Pain­ters, a plane air group in Old Forge.

“Art has al­ways been my es­cape and has brought me much sat­is­fac­tion,” Schi­avi said. “I love the chal­lenge of learn­ing some­thing new and cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful art work for peo­ple to en­joy.”

Schi­avi’s paint­ings will be on dis­play from Oct. 2-27. The pub­lic is in­vited to meet the artist at an open re­cep­tion on Mon­day, Oct. 16, from6-8 p.m.

The Griff­ing Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, and by ap­point­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 315-3638525.

“Barn­yard” by Roberta Schi­avi. The Kallet Civic Cen­ter will host an ex­hibit of Schi­avi’s wa­ter­col­ors Oct. 2-27, 2017.

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