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1570 Gallery at Valley Manor welcomes new exhibit, “Summer from Mexico to my Backyard” by Niesdri Welsh

Niesdri learned how to draw from her friend’s uncle when she was in kindergarten. When she was in college she found out that her friend’s, now late, uncle G.M. Sudharta- was a very well known caricature artist in Indonesia. After she retired from teaching the Indonesian language at Cornell University in 2015, she learned basic watercolors from Betsy Liano. Betsy is well-known for Painting Concepts in Brighton, NY. Niesdri is an active member of Pittsford Art Group. She has won several awards from the annual Barnes and Noble shows for her work: the Jurror Award in 2019-2020, the Body of Work Award in both 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 and the Merit Award in 2021-2022.

She is particularly drawn to rusty items – you may have seen her detailed rusty locks at the annual 6×6 Rochester Contemporary Arts fundraiser. Niesdri has a collection of bird paintings, many of which are frequent visitors to her backyard. She likes to carry her pocket camera everywhere she goes to take pictures of different subjects to paint and enjoys doing commission work. Make sure to stop by the gallery and see the array of pieces for sale.

For purchases or more information about this show, please contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102 or



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My Sister’s Gallery at Episcopal Church Home: Through the Lens by Members of Camera Rochester

Since 1970, Camera Rochester has supported its diverse membership by helping members learn from each other and exhibit their work. We feel it is important for each member to develop unique strengths rather than be guided by the opinions of others.

Members bring images to our Peer Critiques for discussion, ideas and helpful suggestions. They create an opportunity to see each others’ work and establish cooperative relationships with members. The Peer Critiques offer an environment to express ideas, reactions and feelings toward the work shown. Both the photographer whose work is being discussed and the individuals who comment are benefitting by considering different viewpoints.

Camera Rochester provides opportunities for members to exhibit in a variety of venues including, individual exhibiting and sales opportunities.

Members help each other learn about taking great images and finding personal expression in a supportive atmosphere. It is never too early or late to start taking photographs. If you enjoy photography, join us!

To make a purchase from My Sister’s Gallery,  contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at  585.546.8439 x3102 or


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Mary Engels’ 101st Birthday Bash

13WHAM stopped out at Ashley Woods on 5/31 to cover the exciting festivities surrounding Mary Engels’ 101st Birthday Bash. First responders came to celebrate her with honks and cheers, and even gave her a fireman hat. Staff, family and loved ones gathered with a courtyard concert, refreshments and a specialty cake in Mary’s honor. Her several, stunning artwork pieces were displayed in the Cafe for all to appreciate. See the full story here.

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Lisa Marcello Discusses Making Senior Living Communities More Diverse, Inclusive and Accessible

Lisa MarcelloLisa Marcello, CFO and EVP for Episcopal SeniorLife Communities was quoted in the Rochester Business Journal in a recent article discussing diversity, inclusivity and accessibility for senior living communities. “In very recent years, we have begun to see more people with diverse backgrounds accessing our services than ever before.” Marcello also mentioned, “At Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, the key to creating that sense of belonging is resident-driven programming that comes from a place of authenticity.” Read more from the article here: Rochester Business Journal Article, April 22nd

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New Exhibit at 1570 Gallery at Valley Manor

Rochester NY Artist Paul Allen Taylor is a self-taught painter using watercolors and acrylics. He is a landscape painter, but he could be classified as a maritime artist in that many of his works involve water, boats, ships, lighthouses and shorelines. These subjects are all part of his favorite motif, the St. Lawrence River, Thousand Islands NY.

For thirty plus years Paul and his wife June attended numerous outdoor festivals selling his paintings and prints. They traveled far and wide setting up and selling in all sorts of weather, experiencing the highs and lows of the business. After a year off forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul realized he didn’t miss the outdoor events and all it took to “make a buck.” That phase of his career will be on hold until he feels it’s worth the time and effort. Presently he spends time painting, working on his business and promoting his teaching plans.

Visit his website where his art is available for purchase online.  His work is available at The Artstop, Penfield, NY, Bayhouse Artisans, Alex Bay, NY, the Breakwater Gallery, Cape Vincent, NY , and Brian Lister and Friends, Clayton, NY.

For purchases or more information about this show, please contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 x3102 or


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New Exhibit on Display in My Sister’s Gallery

Ken and Shelley Jentzen – Watercolor, Photography and Fine Woodworking

Ken and Shelley share a lifetime interest in creative arts.  Ken has been taking and processing photos since college, while Shelley has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.  About twenty years ago they combined their talents and began exhibiting as a team at local art shows such as, Clothesline Festival, Fairport Canal Days, and the Canandaigua Waterfront Art Festival.

Shelley and Ken share interest in capturing the essence and details of their subjects in order to create a meaningful artistic experience for those who view their work.  Their specialties include flowers, seascapes, and iconic local scenes such as barns and lighthouses.

 To make a purchase from My Sister’s Gallery, contact Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 x3102 or



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Loren Ranaletta Named to Power 30: Health Care

Congratulations to Loren Ranaletta, President/CEO, on being named to the Rochester Business Journal’s Power 30: Health Care. Take a look at the online feature.

Loren Ranaletta

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Tai Chi @ Ashley Woods

ESLC pleased to partner with Lifespan for the Information & Inspiration series to offer “Introduction to Tai Chi” on Tuesday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Ashley Woods, 400 YMCA Way in Penfield (Adjacent to Eastside YMCA). Class will take place on the green space. Refreshments to follow.

Rain date: Tuesday, June 22 (same time)

Check out the promotional flyer with details.

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New Exhibit at 1570 Gallery

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is pleased to host “From North to South” at the 1570 Gallery at Valley Manor – a display of watercolors by David J. Braun. The exhibit is on display through June 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Check out the show virtually!


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New Appointments

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is pleased to announce the appointments of Megan Lovejoy Director of The Center for Rehabilitation at the Episcopal Church Home and Jason Bluett to Director of Information Technology for organization.


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