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Caz College gallery to exhibit ‘A Hundred Thank Yous’

Gratitude shows its face in 100 paintings by Cazenovia artist

— Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew, of Brisbane, Australia, own You Can’t Be Serious, specializing in photography and filmmaking. It was Hailey’s Polaroid project that inspired the couple’s “365 Grateful,” a film about uncovering what happens when ordinary people unlock the remarkable powers of gratitude. Their film will cover Hailey’s personal journey and include the stories of many people whose lives have been impacted by gratitude, one of whom is Lori Portka.

The You Can’t Be Serious team will visit Cazenovia College to film Portka’s exhibition and talk to the people for whom she made the 100 paintings. “Hailey saw and liked my artwork. All the pictures are happy, full of the things I’m grateful for,” Portka said. “When I decided to take this on, I wanted it to be something big.”

Portka was at first a bit overwhelmed by the commitment she made, but as she was nearing the end, she realized that the project itself had given her another thing to be grateful for. “I have a greeting card and online art business, and most of my paintings fall neatly into the categories of greeting cards,”she said.

On her website, Portka writes about her personal journey through heartache and healing with the help of her art. Visit her website at loriportka.com/about-2/.

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall hosts the College’s Summer Art Series, sharing gallery space with area artists. This summer, the Cazenovia Watercolor Society will show members’ work on three weekends, June 29 to Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Academic year exhibitions begin Sept. 6. Visit cazenovia.edu/art-gallery for information.

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