BEMUS POINT - The Lawson Center in Bemus Point has been given a beautiful water-color painting of the "Jamestown" steamboat, which can be won by some lucky person who enters its fund-raising raffle.
By far the largest and most famous steamboat on Chautauqua Lake was the three-deck, stern-wheeler Jamestown. Built in 1875 as the Nettie Fox, a two-deck boat, she was rebuilt with a fourth deck in 1878 and renamed the Jamestown. A distinctly river type of steamer, she was said to have a capacity of 3,000 people. The first deck contained a restaurant and the grand staircase. The second deck had two staterooms, cabins for ladies, a ticket office, and a refreshment stand. The new third deck was entirely clear for dancing.
Because of her great size, the Jamestown burned a lot of coal, had a large crew, was hard to maneuver at the docks, and difficult to steer through the Outlet. Nevertheless, she could handle large crowds and served as a picnic and excursion boat until she burned at the Jamestown dock in October 1892.
This painting is being raffled off by the Lawson Center in Bemus Point.
The artist, Lisa Daniels of Dallas, professionally paints portraits of classic cars and wooden boats. She works in both watercolor and acrylic; however she is also well known for her many projects in pencil, pen, and stained glass. Her works can be found in galleries, restaurants, auto dealerships, and private collections, as well as the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa. She became fascinated by the efforts of The Lawson Center to preserve and display boating memorabilia and was particularly taken with the unique steamboat fleet that operated on Chautauqua Lake.
Asked about this fundraiser, Dave Bargar, Trustee of The Lawson Center, commented that "A TLC patron commissioned the painting from Ms. Daniels and donated it to The Lawson Center specifically for the raffle. The original painting is on display at the Center. We also have a supply of small and large signed and numbered prints of the painting that are available for sale at the Lawson Center Museum Shop."
People interested in seeing the painting or buying raffle tickets can do so at The Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point. The museum is open to the public on Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
The drawing for the winner will take place on Labor Day.