Art Show Raises $2,300 For Urban Forestry Fund | News, Sports, Jobs

Dan Stone, City of Jamestown Parks Manager and Arborist; Leslie Calimeri, owner and artist of the Chautauqua Art Gallery; Tory Irgang, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; and Doug Hoisington, retired arborist from the City of Jamestown and founder of the Urban Forestry Fund, pose with Calimeri’s artwork that inspired an art exhibit dedicated to Third Street Oaks. Submitted photo

Nearly a dozen artists inspired by the Cathedral Oaks that once lined Third Street in the city of Jamestown donated the proceeds of their sold artwork to support the Jamestown Urban Forest.

The organizers of the Third Street Oak Trees Art Show donated $ 2,341 to the Chautauqua Area Community Foundation for its Urban Forestry Fund which will be used for planning and maintenance of trees throughout the city.

The art exhibition was sponsored by the Community Foundation and the Chautauqua Art Gallery. Artists who have sold pieces to support the fund include,

According to Leslie Calimeri, owner and artist of the Chautauqua art gallery, of the 40 original works of art, half were sold in the online exhibition which ran until January 1.

“This art exhibition was a great opportunity to talk to people about trees”, Calimeri said. “The oaks were a truly unifying part of our community and it was amazing how people came together to support the future of the trees in our city.

Artists who have sold pieces to support the fund are Calimeri, Cathy Panebianco, Cynthia Norton, Deb Eck, Kate Caswell, Missy Paterniti, Molly Strong, Susan Simmons and Wendy Bale.

In addition to connecting with local artists and admirers of the oak trees, Calimeri had the unique opportunity to work with the City of Jamestown Parks Conservation and Recreation Department to better understand the work being done across the city. .

“The impact of the show has been incredible” said Dan Stone, Director of Parks and Arborist for the City of Jamestown. “The dollars raised through the art exhibit will ultimately help the city’s tree program and our continued efforts to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation.

For 40 years, the city of Jamestown has been named Tree City USA, a program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Stone says the city is currently in the process of applying for a Foundation Growth Award that recognizes milestones, high levels of tree care and community engagement that build long-term sustainable community forest programs.

“Our long-standing partnership with the Community Foundation has been a determining factor in the success of our program”, said Pierre. “Both through its Regional Fund and its Urban Forestry Fund.

The Urban Forestry Fund was established in 1992 by then municipal arborist Doug Hoisington to ensure that there were dollars available each year to plant and maintain trees on the streets and parks of the town of Jamestown.

Since its first donation of $ 1,190 this first year, the fund is currently valued at $ 97,000.

“Focus area funds, like the Urban Forestry Fund, are a great way to bring donors directly to issues that affect them.” said Tory Irgang, executive director of the Community Foundation. “We are grateful to charitable people like Doug who are passionate about specific areas of community life and who wish to have a lasting impact. “

The Foundation manages numerous funds from areas of interest which also focus on animal welfare, education, youth and health.

“It makes me feel good to see what’s going on” Hoisington said. “Dan has the incredible privilege of planting the trees that will have a lasting impact on future generations.”

For those still looking to own a piece of Third Street Oaks, various fine art prints and note cards are available in the Calimeri Gallery.

To support the Urban Forestry Fund, tax-deductible donations can be made by credit card by visiting or by sending a check to the Foundation’s office at 418 Spring Street in Jamestown.

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