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Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) works in collaboration with the Olean Public Library to produce an exhibition series in their gallery. The mission of the gallery is to create a public forum for professional artists to interact with the community. Olean Public Library, 134 North Second Street in Olean, New York. All Olean Public Library Gallery exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public during regular library hours.

The exhibitions in this series are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Medis Kent & Caryln Yanda

Fiber & Fabric

January 8-February 20, 2015.

My paints are the dyed fibers of alpacas and sheep. My background canvas is wool felt and my brushes are barbed needles. It is to the felt that I apply the dyed roving (fibers) using the same thought process as painters applying paint to canvas. I embed the fibers into the wool background, either by hand or by machine. When the piece is finished the fibers so completely merge with the wool background that it all becomes one. This process creates a shadow image on the reverse side.

I want to encourage the viewer to get close enough to examine the piece and have that “ah ha” moment when they realize it is not paint or pastel work, but fiber.

Julie Mader

Power Within

March 5-April 24, 2015.

A Pennsylvania artist, Mader, has found a beautiful way to use her talents as an artist to increase awareness of the role nature plays in fighting cancer. Mader created a mixed media exhibit of artworks featuring the plants used in cancer chemotherapy treatments. Started in 2003, this tenyear-long project is an intensely personal one for Mader. As she explains, “This project focused on cancer-fighting plants began forming in my mind years ago when I witnessed the intense love and support of my neighbor Beth's family during her battle with cancer. Little did I know in 2013, when the exhibit began its 'tour,' that a year later my father would be depending on those same plants for chemotherapy treatments.” Mader wanted to find a way to honor and acknowledge the strength required of the patient, the medical team and those who love and support both sides in the fight against cancer.

Anna Pingitore

That Moment When...

July 9-August 28, 2015.

Anna Pingitore is a graduate from the SUNY at Fredonia, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Photography. She has made more life altering decisions than most people twice her age. Diagnosed with lymphoma at two months shy of her 22nd birthday, Pingitore has used the totality of her struggle with cancer and learning to cope to create artworks with positive themes that re-flect nature, family, and the broad spectrum of raw human emotion.



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Cattaraugus County Arts Council

“The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is an independent non-profit dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts, by making cultural opportunities available through our services surrounding the artistic side of life.”

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New York Foundation for the Arts

“The New York Foundation for the Arts is a state-wide service organization for artists that provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way.”

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Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts has made these programs possible with public funding since 1974.

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