Artists ready to kick off new season at Marti’s on Main

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Albion gallery opened five years ago on North Main Street

Photos by Tom Rivers – Susan Rudnicky, Kim Martillotta-Muscarella, Arthur Barnes, Michael O’Keefe, Suzanne Wells, Connie Mosher and Tony Barry.

A group of 17 artists in Orleans County are ready to debut new paintings and other artwork this Friday at a North Main Street gallery.

The Art Circle, a group that showcases its work at Marti’s On Main, will have an opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 229 North Main St.

Kim Martillotta-Muscarella opened the gallery five years ago. She devotes seven rooms in her home to showcasing artists in the community.

“She’s the magnet that keeps us all in orbit,” said Connie Mosher, a painter who lives in Gaines.

Kim Martillotta-Muscarella is pictured in the stairwell of her art gallery, Marti’s on Main, in front of paintings by Judy Wenrich of horses on the wall.

The group includes photographers, sculptors, and painters in watercolors, oils and acrylics as well as artists who create collages.

The group gets together to paint and create artwork at least once monthly, and often weekly, during the year.

Tony Barry of Holley likes the energy in the Art Circle.

“I love the people and the group I’m associated with,” he said.

He has a few paintings in the gallery, including a scene from a maple farm.

Martillotta-Muscarella said the community has a lot of talented artists. She wants to promote them. She likes some of the artwork so much she often will buy it when a show is over.

“Kim is definitely a patron of the arts and our society needs more patrons,” said Michael O’Keefe, an artist and attorney from Medina.

The reception on Friday is open to the public.

Medina attorney Michael O’Keefe is pictured with a piece of his art work that will be part of an opening reception Friday at Marti’s on Main, 5:30 to 9 p.m.