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Fine Arts at Dovielly’s Fine and Performing Arts Center (Part I)

Stephanie and Douglas McCall will be opening Dovielly's Fine and Performing Arts Center in Warners.

Stephanie and Douglas McCall will be opening Dovielly's Fine and Performing Arts Center in Warners. File photo

The following is the first in a three-part series on Dovielly’s Fine and Performing Arts Center written by Keuka College graduate Kelsey Marquart. Dovielly’s is a brand new arts center housed in the former church building and parish hall of Our Lady of Good Counsel, at 6429 Newport Road in Warners. The church was closed by the Diocese in 2008.

Dovielly’s Fine and Performing Arts Center is an ambitious project being taken on by Douglas and Stephanie McCall. Their mission in creating this center is to provide the community of Warners (and the surrounding areas) with an arts education center that will help students of all ages develop their abilities in a wide range of visual and performing arts. The center will be open to people of all skill levels.

Stephanie is heading the fine arts half of Dovielly’s. She has been working as a commission quilter for six years, and her business quickly outgrew the McCall home, where it was previously based. Two artists will be moving into their rented spaces at Dovielly’s Sept. 1, and classes will be starting Oct. 2. The first is Stephanie Clem of ICON Artworks. Her specialty is in drawing and acrylic painting, and she has 20 years of experience in that field.

The second is Kelly Sullivan of Kspots, who has 15 years of experience working with ceramics. She trained among some of the most well-known and talented ceramics artists and has also perfected her own glazing technique. The McCalls are excited that she will be bringing in her own kiln, so the studio will be able to provide on-site ceramics firings. Ms. Sullivan is looking to settle in Central New York because of the opportunity that Dovielly’s provides.

Dovielly’s has space for 12 artisans, each of whom will have their own rented studio space. The McCalls are responsible for advertising and creating the class structure. The plan is to offer classes in the fall and spring and to hold camps in the summer for students ages 8 and up. Private tutelage will also be available.

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