Geneva’s Arts Heritage

March 3rd, 2023

For the 2023 Community Read Geneva Reads is planning a month of art-related events. Along with various programs and workshops there is a community wide scavenger hunt.  A full schedule of events is available at the library and at the library and

While the arts are thriving in Geneva, our community also has a rich arts heritage.  Explore this heritage through our blog articles, short videos, past exhibits, oral histories, and other online resources.

Three Story Stone Building With Men In Front

Geneva Hall

Architecture – Enjoy blog articles about downtown, the Armory, Greek Revival architecture, Geneva’s row and adobe houses, the architectural firm of Pierce and Bickford,  overviews of local residential and  retail architecture , and landscape architect Marian Cruger Coffin.  Watch short videos about the Dove Block, industrial and commercial architecture, churches, and  houses. Explore the exhibit Every Building Tells A Story  or an interactive map about architecture in Geneva. Discover Geneva’s ten must-see buildings.

Art –    Enjoy blog articles about painters Francis Marion Tuttle and George Stacey, Arthur Dove’s Geneva watercolors, cartoonist Mary Flanigan Gaineke, and print maker Norman Kent. Watch a short video about Arthur Dove’s Geneva paintings and  painter Robert Duncanson.  Listen to an oral history from Paul Dove (Arthur’s younger brother).  Discover  Arthur Dove’s Geneva through a self-guided tour, interactive map or the exhibit  Dove’s Geneva.

Literature – Enjoy blog articles about authors Sarah Bradford and Elizabeth Ricord, poet Edwin Becker, and Humphrey Press.  Watch a video about contemporary local authors Katherine Bourbeau and Jan Regan.

Appleknockers, 1958

Music – Enjoy blog articles about Area Records“hidden” music, Geneva’s music scene in the 1960s, classical music (part one and part two), local bands in the 1800s, Alcott Beardsley, Jack Bullock, William and Luella Gracey, music clubs and famous 19th century musicians who performed in Geneva.  Listen to Music In The Key Of Geneva podcast (episodes include the Tuesday Piano Quartet, Scott LaFaro, and Matt McGinley).  Watch short videos about the Appleknockers, a brief history of local music, classical music, and HWS’s Folkfest .  Explore the exhibit Music in the Key of Geneva.

Photography – Enjoy a blog article about P.B. Oakley. View photographs by James Vail and P.B. Oakley.  Listen to an oral history from Rose Flick (James Vail’s niece)

drawing of people standing at a party

Cartoon by Mary Gauerke

Arts Organization in Geneva

Dove Block Project

Geneva Concerts

Geneva Light Opera

Geneva Music Festival

Geneva Theatre Guild

Houghton House

HWS Theatre Dept.

Smith Center for the Arts

St. Peters’ Community Arts Academy

Vines of New York Art Gallery


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