September 25 2012
Category: The Arts
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council) is proud to recognize Chris Longwell of Elmira and Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop (Jared Aiosa, proprietor) of Elmira Heights as this year's recipients of The ARTS Council's annual ARTS Partnership Awards. TheARTS Partnership Awards recognize individuals, artists, volunteers, schools, organizations and businesses that significantly contribute to the region's arts and cultural life.
Chris Longwell was born and raised in Chemung County and is currently director of the George Waters Gallery and professor of art at Elmira College. An award-winning printmaker and ceramic artist, Chris has long been involved with Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler's Empty Bowls Luncheon, which collaborates with local potters to create handmade bowls for attendees.
Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop opened ten years ago in Elmira Heights. Comics are harder to find that they were in bygone eras, and proprietor Jared Aiosa's shop specializes in innovative and experimental art comics. In addition to making this art form available to the region, Jared also has a passion for encouraging his customers to make art. He has repeatedly dismantled the shop to transform it into a gallery, showcasing artists of all kinds - professionals to amateurs to adolescents - to promote an art form that celebrates pop imagery and provides a creative outlet for emerging artists. The shop is now hosting comic conventions and bringing renowned professional comic artists to the region. In addition, Jared provides a place where artists who have been working in isolation can mingle, share strategies and techniques, and collaborate.