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CCHS Annual Meeting/Presentation: Local Artists Sigafoos & Welch


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WESTFIELD, NY - The Chautauqua County Historical Society (CCHS) will hold its 2018 annual meeting on Saturday, APRIL 21 at LAKESHORE ASSEMBLY OF GOD (252 E. Main St., Westfield).

Both CCHS members and guests should take note this is a NEW LOCATION, compared to previous years.

Highlighting the day is a special presentation on two noteworthy artists from the Chautauqua Region. "CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY ARTISTS RICHARD SIGAFOOS AND RUSSELL WELCH" will be presented by LORI HUMPHREYS.

RICHARD SIGAFOOS (1908-1985) was a noted impressionist artist, muralist, illustrator and teacher primarily known for his landscapes and marine paintings. His paintings have been exhibited widely and he has received many awards including the gold, silver and bronze medals at Buffalo Society of Artists' exhibitions. His works can be found in many public locations, as well as in many private collections in the United States and Canada.

RUSSELL WELCH (1909-1994) was a Jamestown native who started his art career painting furniture at one of the local factories. In 1971, he retired and moved to Warren, Pennsylvania, where he began painting full-time. During his career, Welch painted murals in public buildings in New York and Pennsylvania.

LORI HUMPHREYS is a freelance writer from Stow, New York, where she’s lived since 2011. She’s a member of the Harmony Historical Society, the Chautauqua County Historical Society, and the North Harmony 100th Anniversary Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Humphreys’ freelance writing includes articles for Western New York Illustrated Heritage Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mt. Lebanon Magazine, and the Almanac Newspaper. In addition she has worked as a writer for both the Lakeside Ledger and Chautauquan Daily.

Humphrey's presentation begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

CCHS Members will also want to attend the organization's ANNUAL MEETING, which begin at 11:30 a.m. CCHS President CRISTIE HERBST will provides the organization’s annual report, with a report from McClurg Museum curator JOHN PAUL WOLFE to follow. Several other trustees will also be on hand to offer updates as well. A copy of the agenda will be provided at the meeting.

Between the meeting and presentation, a luncheon will be provided, starting at noon and available to anyone who made prior reservations. The meal, provided by Parkview Café is chicken & biscuits, chef salad, and dessert. Water and/or coffee will also be available. The cost is $15 per person with reservations due by noon Thursday, April 12. RSVP for the luncheon by emailing cchs@mcclurgmuseum.org or call (716) 326-2977. Payment can be made the day of the event.

Again, a reminder that this year’s annual meeting will take place at a new location: Lakeshore Assembly of God (252 E Main St, Westfield NY).

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