Wayne County Council for the Arts (108 W. Miller Street in Newark, NY) will host a free reception on Saturday September 13 between 3 and 6 PM. Dan Duggan will play the dulcimer during the reception.
Wayne Arts will present an exhibit and sale of 26 Richard W. Ware watercolors. In addition, Wayne Arts will also have the photography of Winston Vargas on display, and he will be on hand at the reception. Both exhibits runs through September 26.
Richard (Dick) W. Ware is widely known in upstate New York for his quiet watercolors of familiar scenes. Born in Batavia in 1913, he learned basic art principles in high school, planning to attend Art School. Due to the Depression, however, on the advice of his father, he studied accounting at the Rochester Business Institute.
In 1933, he began working at F. E. Mason and Sons. He was head of the Art Department that manufactured embossed seals at the Franklin Street business. He received his early art education under the supervision of his mentor, Roy M. Mason, whose artwork is well-known and highly prized by collectors. He also studied with Carl Peters of Fairport. In 1954, he joined the art department of Bloomer Brothers, Newark, creating designs for their carton products. Choosing not to relocate to New Jersey when that company was sold, he returned to the Mason Company in Batavia for a short time before retiring. He and his wife, Gladys, who had been a childhood neighbor, returned to Newark.
The majority of the Ware paintings were done while he lived in Newark, where he was a familiar figure at his easel in the area countryside. As with his mentor, watercolor paintings were his specialty. He had many one-man shows over the years. He showed his art at the Women’s University Cub, Rochester, Wood Memorial Library, Canandaigua, Century Club of Rochester, Stevens Library, Attica; and Two Rivers Gallery, Binghamton. His art could also be seen at exhibits for the Batavia Society of Artists.
He received many awards during his tenure as one of our local artists. From 1958 – 1968 you could find Richard Ware’s name attached to many awards throughout the Western and Central New York area.
Until his death in 2004 at the age of 92, Dick continued to paint. His artistic gifts are appreciated and his paintings are widely collected.
Winston Vargas has been interested in photography since age 13. By the time he was in high school, he was the photographer for the school paper. After graduation Winston joined the Army and served in Europe which gave him the opportunity to do some interesting photography (some of which appear in this show).
Winston says, “In 1965 when I was discharged from the military, I was able to get a job as a photo assistant with BBD & O, one of the largest advertising agencies in the country. Two years later I was promoted to photographer in charge of one of the two studios at the agency. I studied Photojournalism at the Germain School of Photography. My instructor was the picture editor of Newsweek Magazine which gave me the opportunity to do freelance work for the magazine.”
In 1972, Winston taught commercial photography and video. At the time, video was in its infancy. He freelanced for years doing photography for publications. In 1979, he was director of photography for Young and Rubicam Advertising agency in the Dominion Republic and returned to the states in 1984. He continued working in the field and teaching. In 1995 Winston did news gathering for television. On 9/11 he covered the World Trade Center disaster, and continued to freelance in video and still photography.