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Art League to host exhibition at Mills

Date: 2/9/2009

By Laura Christiansen

Staff Intern

WILBRAHAM Beginning Feb. 21, the Wilbraham Art League will be hosting an art exhibition at Dane Gallery in the Indian Orchard Mills. It will be open every Saturday through March 14 from noon to 4 p.m.

The Wilbraham Art League is a local organization in which the community can get involved in art exploration and exhibition. President Frank Tencza said, "Most of our artists haven't really exhibited before. It shows people it's not scary to show their work."

The league meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Scantic Valley YMCA's Senior Center on Boston Road at 6:30 p.m. During the meetings, the group participates in art-oriented activities.

"When we say art, it's not just a bunch of people doing painting and watercolors. It's things like beadwork and basketry. We have someone about to join that makes quilts. [We aren't restricted to] only traditional art," Tencza said.

There are about 60 members and they range in age and come from all over Western Massachusetts.

The exhibition at the Dane Gallery, according to Tencza, is one of the league's best exhibitions of art. Artists bring out their finest work; some even sell their pieces.

"We are delighted to have the Wilbraham Art League here," Charles Brush, owner of Indian Orchard Mills, said.

The April 2008 exhibition at Dane Gallery exhibited the group's finest work, according to Tencza.

"There was a fabulous show last year. There is fabulous talent. What a lot of people don't know is that there's a lot of visual art talent in Wilbraham," Brush said.

The Wilbraham Art League will be hosting several shows this spring. Among them, a show will take place at the Art Alive Gallery in Centennial Hall of Baystate Hospital in Springfield from March 7 to May 2.

The league opens up the opportunity for both professional and aspiring artists to talk about art and receive constructive criticism and feedback about their work.

For more information about the league, visit