Artist Wins Grant to paint at DiMino's Tops Marketby jpauly
Lewiston artist Michelle Marcotte has won an Individual Artist grant for Niagara County in the amount of $2,500 from the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI). The grant is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization (DEC) Regrant Program and is designed to support quality community-level arts and cultural programs. In making the grant announcement, Jennifer Swan, Associate Director of the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York wrote, "We anticipate that Michelle painting at the DiMino TOPS Supermarket will enrich the artistic and cultural atmosphere for the citizens of this region. By investing in Marcotte's artistic project we continue to strengthen and diversify the artistic offerings to both citizens and tourists alike."
This fall, Marcotte was named Artist-in-Residence by DiMino TOPS Supermarket in Lewiston to produce her continuing series of paintings of food on location at the TOPS Supermarket café. Marcotte summarized her current focus by saying, "I paint the most important things in life - people, food and the land that sustains us. I think making and eating a meal with family and friends is the best part of the day. These paintings are about the importance of preparing and eating a meal with family and friends, about family, the swirl of a lively kitchen and life's important moments."
Although Marcotte has already started painting at the TOPS café, the project will begin in late April and run until December 2016. During that time she will paint one or two days a week at TOPS.
Anthony DiMino, President of DiMino TOPS Supermarket said, "We are a progressive company with a deep commitment to community involvement. Since the focus of Michelle's current paintings is food, home-cooking and family, and since Michelle's art will involve the community, her approach is a good fit with our business and values. Michelle will gain inspiration from our store, its offerings and our customers. She will use this inspiration to create paintings while in our store. As she paints, Michelle also plans to talk to people about their approaches to home cooking and their interest in food and art, recording snippets of conversation (with permission) for use in later exhibitions of her food paintings".
When preparing her grant proposals to ASI, Marcotte received advice from Jennifer Pauly, the President of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, based in Lewiston. Some of the ASI grants require sponsorship of a local not-for-profit organization. Pauly said, "Knowing how community-minded the DiMino family is and how TOPS supports that commitment, the River Region Chamber of Commerce was happy to assist with this project. Since our Chamber sponsors both the Garden Festival and the Harvest Festivals in Lewiston, the focus on food and agriculture of this art project really fit with our focus of supporting local business and agriculture."
Photo attached: Mr. Anthony DiMino, President DiMino Tops Supermarket and Michelle Marcotte in the Lewiston TOPS cafe where Marcotte paints.
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