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Upcoming Events

Art After 5 at RTPI – Third Wednesdays, July – October

RTPI invites you to celebrate the warm weather (we didn’t say dry) during our 2019 series of ‘Art After 5’ adult happy hour events. Guests to these events will enjoy live music on our patio, appetizers, beer, wine, and brief tours of the summer exhibition, “Ned Smith: The Man and the Illustrator”, all for a $10 donation. ‘Art After 5’ events will be held from 5-7 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month – July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 16, 2019. Our first ‘Art After 5’ event on July 17th featured local musician Kyle Gustafson and was sponsored by Landmark Restaurant. Our second ‘Art After 5’ event on August 21st featured Chautauqua Brass, a New York based chamber ensemble dedicated to communicating through music and guiding others – https://www.chautauquabrass.com/.  Thank you to sponsors Mark and Pat Evans and Mary Anne Harp.

Our third ‘Art After 5’ event on September 18th will feature musician Rebecca McIlvain, and is sponsored by the Battler family.  

Our final ‘Art After 5’ event for 2019, on October 16th, will feature music by Adam McKillip and is sponsored by Jamestown Up Close.

For more information about RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ events, please contact Linda Pierce at (716) 665-2473 x226 or [email protected]


Adult Art Class Reception – Thursday, October 10, 4-6pm

The second series of adult art classes ended on September 9, 2019, and was a great success!  Please join us for a reception on October 10th to celebrate the student artists that participated in this project.  The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) was pleased to expand their education programming to include a new adult art class offering (age 55 and over) this spring and summer.  Through a grant from the Tri-County Arts Council furnished by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, local artist instructor Robin Zefers Clark taught two series of six-week watercolor sessions in a classroom at the RTPI headquarters located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.

The first classroom series took place each Monday between May 6 – June 10 from 10:00 – 11:30am.  The second series began on Monday, July 29 and ended on September 9.  Each six-week series ends with a month-long exhibition of the student’s work.

Jane Johnson, Director of Exhibitions and Marketing and Robin Clark developed the program based on selected pieces from Roger Tory Peterson’s body of original artwork.  Of this new initiative, Johnson said “As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of RTPI in 2019, we also celebrate Roger himself, who was first and foremost an artist, through classes like these and his incredible original paintings and illustrations.  We are thrilled to welcome students to these sessions and hope to cultivate new and existing artists’ talents!”

Robin Clark received her Associate of Arts degree from Finger Lakes Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College.  She received her Masters of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a major in oil painting and intensive work in graphic design and photographic studies.  Robin has had several solo and group exhibitions and has been featured in articles in Country Woman Magazine, The Buffalo News, and Focus.  Her work has won numerous awards and is featured in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.  Robin lives in the pristine Allegany mountains of western New York state, where she she owns and operates Brookside Studio.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.


Snakes, Spiders and Bats, Oh My! – Friday, October 11, 5:30-8pm

Image credit: Twan Leenders

RTPI invites you to join us for “Snakes, Spiders, and Bats! Oh, my!” on Friday, October 11th.  The Buffalo Zoo’s education department will be on site from 5:30-6:30pm with their “Zoo Mobile” to introduce guests to an array of snakes, bats and spiders.  From 6:30-8:00pm, three local biologists (Twan Leenders, Becky Nystrom, and Jonathan Townsend) will explore the causes and consequences of the common misconceptions surrounding these creatures that so many consider creepy.  This seasonally appropriate event is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!  No tricks, just treats, including a chance to meet live animals, fun facts about these misunderstood creatures, critter-shaped cookies and apple cider.  Cost for the program is $10 for adults, $5 for children (under 18), or $25 for a family.


Fall Fungi with Garrett Taylor – Saturday, October 12, 11am-1pm

Fall is a great time to observe the many bizarre and wonderful types of fungi that inhabit our local landscape.  Join fungus expert Garrett Taylor as he shares his knowledge during a talk at RTPI’s rustic headquarters, followed by an exploratory walk along our nature trails.

This program offering is part of Path Through History weekend.  Cost is $5, and is separate from general admission into our galleries.  For more information about Path Through History weekend, along with a list of offerings at museums and institutions across New York State, please visit https://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/


Opening Artist’s Reception with Guy Coheleach – Friday, October 25, 5-7pm

“Lion Pair Siesta”, Guy Coheleach

We are pleased to welcome wildlife artist Guy Coheleach to RTPI on October 25th to help us celebrate his solo exhibition, on view beginning October 11th.  Join us and enjoy gallery discussions and a book signing with Guy, along with wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Guy Coheleach’s traveling exhibition features over 40 breathtaking original paintings.  We have previously featured works by Guy in 1997, 2003, and 2008.  For more information about Guy Coheleach and his work visit https://www.guycoheleachart.com/.


2019 Schedule of Exhibits and Events made possible in part by Community Bank and Buffamante Whipple & Buttafaro PC