FULTON, NY – October rolls around bringing in the cooler weather, the colorful trees and a fresh new outlook, and the CNY’s Art Center Arts in the Heart Gallery is no different, bringing in a fresh new artist Diane Sokolowski as the Artist of the Month.
Come check out her display of work all month long and especially during “TH3 happy hour,” October 16 from 5 – 8 p.m.
It’s open to the public and artists alike.
This month’s sponsor is BL McClellan Painting and Restoration of Fulton with food being made by “Treat Me Sweet,” one of Diane’s many talents.
First let’s start off by saying Diane is one busy person, if she isn’t making cupcakes, or editing and writing her book, she is spending time oil painting, and volunteering, helping and planning the many events at the CNY Arts Center.
To top off her day, she plays full-time grandmother to three of her grandchildren while their parents work.
That is definitely one busy lady!
Diane’s past work experience consists of Human Resources and secretarial. After many job layoffs, Diane’s decided to open her own business and ran Battle Island Inn Bed and Breakfast for five years.
Currently she’s working on publishing a book she has written on what her journey of running an inn was like.
Her book, “So, I Wanted to Run a Bed and Breakfast (Was I Crazy?)” should be ready for purchase for the holiday season in the gallery and stores.
Diane has always wanted to publish a book and was able to start this process when she joined CNY Arts Center.
The center offers classes in writing, studio arts, theatre and culinary arts.
After Diane spent seven years with the Fulton Community Theatre, she knew this was an organization she wanted to be a part of.
She started by taking writing class that were taught by Jim Farfaglia which helped her start writing her book.
When the Art Center realized that Diane was also a baker, she became the Culinary Arts Instructor, teaching classes for cake decorating, candy construction, appetizers and food presentation.
After spending many months writing and baking, Diane was interested in taking another art class.
Painting was something that she always wanted to do, but never thought of herself as an artist.
Frosting a cake isn’t like painting a sunset sky.
In August of 2013, Diane signed up for her first oil painting class taught by Bonnie McClellan.
The first class was a mountain scene painting only with a palate knife.
Diane was hooked.
She continued taking classes and has been painting for a year.
She even has her own painting studio in her home and paints as much as she can.
Diane’s paintings are on display at the Arts in the Hearts Art Gallery in downtown Fulton.
Her landscape paintings are delightful and she has even sold several paintings in just the short time she has been displaying her work.
She entered five paintings in the Fulton Art Association Art show and took home an Honorable Mention ribbon.
Continuing to take classes at the art center, she said, “I find painting one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things I have ever done. It is calming, creative and takes me away for the few hours spent painting.”
To check out upcoming classes and register, go to CNYartscenter.com and see what the center has to offer for you.
The 2015 schedule will soon be coming out as CNY Arts Center partners with Cayuga Community College to expand programming.
Stay tuned to the web site and Facebook pages and Oswego County Today.
For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.