Admission-free gallery featuring local and regional fine art exhibits with a strong focus on Western New York artists.
Current Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The Gallery is closed on Saturdays until after Labor Day as well as major holidays, and occasionally closed due to private functions. If traveling, call (716) 433-2617, Monday-Friday before 5 pm, to confirm that the Gallery is open the day you wish to visit.
Support for the Kenan House Gallery Exhibitions 2015 is provided by M&T Bank, the Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, and Kenan Quilters' Guild.
UPCOMING EXHIBITS 2015
Vietnam Veterans: Our Photo Album. September 13-October 11
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Exhibit. October 18-November 15 (reception October 25)
CURRENT EXHIBIT, 2015
Ontario Group of Twelve
July 26-August 30, 2015
The Kenan Center Gallery, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, will present an exhibit of works by the Ontario Plain Group of Twelve, July 26 through August 30. The exhibit will open with a free public reception, Sunday, July 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, noon- 5 pm; Sundays, 2-5 pm. The exhibit will feature more than 75 works by ten of the group's member artists: Arthur Barnes, Catherine Brown, Manning McCandlish, Linda Parlato, Joan Shaw, Dennis Stierer, Paul Thomas, Joan Turrell, Mark Weld and Anne Zohur.
The Ontario Plain Group of Twelve was originally formed around 2010 and named “Niagara Artists’ and Craftsmen’s Association." The name was changed to reflect the members' geographic location along the Ontario Plain, which runs along Lake Ontario from about Rochester to Niagara Falls. The group decided to limit the membership to twelve members to keep it intimate and manageable. Members are varied and have a wealth of experience, ranging from watercolor, to oil, to acrylic, photography.
Support for the Kenan Center 2015 exhibits are provided by M&T Bank, the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and the Kenan Quilters’ Guild. For more information, go to www.kenancenter.org.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2015
Fine Arts League of Buffalo 62nd Annual Spring Juried Open Exhibition
June 14-July 19, 2015
June 2015 -- The Kenan Center House Gallery is proud to present the 62ND ANNUAL FINE ARTS LEAGUE OF BUFFALO SPRING JURIED OPEN EXHIBITION, June 14-July 19. The Gallery is located at 433 Locust St, Lockport. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. A free public reception will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The Fine Arts League is a 61-year-old organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of realism in art. Twenty-six artists will be represented in the exhibit. They are: Sally Blain, Paula Borkowski, Karen Carbonara, Thomas Dalbo, Marc Duquette, Roberta Eisenhart, Penny Ferguson, Joan Hambleton, Paulette Jurek, Pat Kraus, Ron Kucinski, Elaine LaVigne, Eileen McNamara, Kaaren Metcalf, Doris Palmer Morris, Teri Jo Ritz, Paul Rybarczyk, DeEtta Silvestro, Don Sadkowski, E. Jane Stoddard, Andrea Tasevski, Sandra Orlando Vanich, Laura Wysocki, Jody Ziehm, and Nancy Zielinski. A variety of media is presented in the exhibit including oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel, and mixed media.
The Fine Arts League of Buffalo is a 61-year-old organization and is dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of realistic art.
Sponsor of the Kenan Center Gallery 2015 exhibitions are M&T Bank with additional support from the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. For more information, call 716-433-2617 or go online to www.kenancenter.org.
Extraordinary Forms IV: The Ceramics Legacy of Robert L. Wood
May 3-June 7, 2015
May 2015 -- The Kenan Center is proud to present EXTRAORDINARY FORMS IV: THE CERAMICS LEGACY OF ROBERT L. WOOD, May 3-June 7 in the Kenan Center House Gallery. The exhibit will feature works created during Wood’s career of more than 25 years as a professor of design and coordinator of the ceramics program at SUNY Buffalo State. The exhibit will also feature the works of former students, several of whom have gone on to teaching careers. They are: Leeann Catanzaro, Brett Coppins, Chanda Glendinning, Carrianne Hendrickson, Bethany Krull, Scott Losi, Sarah McNutt, Richard Nickel, Ann Perry-Smith, Matthew SaGurney, Aurora Hughes Villa, and Travis Winters. Guest curator for the exhibit is Gerald Mead.
Participating in over 200 juried and invitational art exhibitions at the international, national, and regional levels, Robert Wood’s work has received 12 national awards and has been included in 13 books, numerous magazines, and over 90 exhibition catalogs. He has juried national art exhibitions and given numerous lectures and workshop demonstrations on his work throughout the US and abroad. His recent exhibitions include Art in Craft Media 2013, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York; UDallas: Clay Nucleus,Winter Street Studios, Houston, Texas; Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; Summer Glass Invitational 2011, Exhibit A Contemporary Art Gallery, Corning, New York; Extraordinary Forms II: 40 years of Craft Media, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, New York; Buffalo State Research Foundation Incentive Grant; faculty exchange with Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; and Clay, Fiber, Metal, Wood, Indigo Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. During 100 American Craftsmen, the exhibit will be open Saturday, May 30, 11:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 31, noon to 4:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed May 9, 16, 23-25 and May 29, and June 1 & 6
Extraordinary Forms is the fourth in an on-going series of exhibits at the Kenan Center Gallery that focus on sculptural, functional, and figurative craft art. Past years have featured ceramics, wood, fiber, and metal. This is the first in which a single artisan’s body of work is represented.
Sponsor of the Kenan Center Gallery 2015 Exhibitions are M&T Bank with additional support from the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.
Wood, Paper, Scissors
March 29-April 26, 2015
March 2015 --The Kenan Center is proud to present WOOD, PAPER, SCISSORS, April 1-April 26, an exhibit featuring the works of four women artists, each of whom works in a unique medium. Included in the exhibit will be Pennsylvania book sculptor Jodi Harvey-Brown, book artist Diane L. Bond, collage artist Marie Prince, and wood sculptor Doris Timkey. An opening reception will be held Sunday, March 29 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Kenan Gallery is located at 433 Locust St, Lockport. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed April 4, 5 and 18.
Besides bringing together four women artists in one exhibit, the unique nature of the materials used, as well as a large amount of work in 3-dimensional form, makes this an especially accessible exhibit. Using literary classics like Moby Dick or Harry Potter as the foundation for sculpture, or hand-making books, as done by Harvey-Brown and Bond, appeals to our sense of familiarity with everyday objects. Even Prince’s collages depicting each United States president, and Timkey’s marionettes and figurines, work with familiar materials and images, reimagining them as objects of art.
TEA & TOUR WITH THE ARTISTS
One of the Kenan Gallery’s most popular events will take place in conjunction with this exhibit. Our “Tea & Tour” features light luncheon fare, delicious desserts and assorted teas, served in the elegant Kenan Center parlor. Guests are then treated to a conversation with the artists featured in the exhibit. The event takes place Sunday, April 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, and advance reservations by April 13 are required since seating is limited. To reserve, individuals are asked to call 433-2617 during business hours.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jodi Harvey-Brown, a trained dancer and dance teacher, received her art training at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Being a self-described bookworm by nature, Harvey-Brown turned her passion for the written word into crafting exquisitely detailed paper sculptures from books. Her work has been featured in numerous design and art magazines and websites, and exhibited at the Van Blijkshof Gallery in the Netherlands and the Mini Art Exhibit in Israel.
Orchard Park artist Diane L. Bond has been creating handmade books for more than 20 years. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo State and a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan in Book Arts, Bond is also a NYS certified art teacher who has frequently taught grades K-12 as a visiting artist, and also holds workshops at the WNY Book Arts Center. Bond says that her collective experiences from working as a graphic designer, apprentice bookbinder and art educator along with training with several well-known book artists have given her the skills and abilities to create finely crafted functional books as well as one of a kind and small edition bookworks.
Since arriving in Western New York from Switzerland, modern dance-trained artist, Doris Timkey, has found a new passion in sculpting wood. She incorporates her experience as a dancer and movement therapist in her work, whether she’s creating whimsical figurines or enchanting marionettes for which she designs and hand-stitches the costumes and wigs.
After many years working in social services, Williamsville artist Marie Prince has devoted her energy full-time to artistic endeavors. She enjoys painting with acrylics and adding “found objects” to create the final work. Her most ambitious project to date has been her collage series, “The Presidents” which took more than a year to complete and includes 43 collages, each commemorating an American president. The collage series was exhibited at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in 2013, and was reproduced in a paperback book.
Sponsor of the Kenan Center Gallery 2015 Exhibitions are M&T Bank with additional support from the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg-Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.
30th Annual Storrs All High Photo Show
March 1-22, 2015
March 2015 -- For the thirtieth year, the Kenan Center in Lockport will present the STORRS ALL HIGH PHOTO SHOW, featuring the work of high school students from across Western New York. This year’s show opens Sunday, March 1, with a free public reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street in Lockport. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sunday, March 22. Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are generously sponsored by M&T Bank, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. Award support for this exhibit was provided by The Buffalo News/NeXt and individual sponsors.
Sixteen category awards will be presented. They are: Best School Overall, Best of Show, Student Processed and Best of Show Commercially Processed; Black & White, Color, Urbanscape; Landscape, Floralscape, Portrait, Waterscape, Computer Generated, Still Life, Journalism/Documentary; Sports, Architecture, and Animal. In addition, one student from each school is recognized with a merit award.
The exhibit is named in honor of Lockport artist, William Storrs, who passed away in 2005. An accomplished artist and long-time contributor to visual arts programming at the Kenan Center, Storrs was instrumental in starting the All High Photo Show which was designed to showcase the photographic work of high school students throughout Western New York, and was an active participant in the installation of the works as well as the awards presentation.
The Kenan Center is a regional community center for arts, education and recreation located on 25 acres in historic Lockport, New York. Facilities include a sports arena, a 153-seat theater, education building, outdoor recreational fields, and the Kenan house, a mid-19th century Italianate design, featuring a year-round art gallery and formal gardens. For more information call (716) 433-2617 or find us online at www.kenancenter.org; Twitter @kenanlockport, and on Facebook.
MANmade Art: A Cross-Generational Survey
January 11-February 22, 2015
January 2015 --The Kenan Center House Gallery presents MANmade Art: a Cross-Generational Survey, January 11 through February 22, an invitational exhibit featuring male artists from the Buffalo-Niagara region. Gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, 12 noon-5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. A free public reception will be held on Sunday, January 11 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Featured artists are: Arthur Barnes, Harvey Breverman, David Buck, Robert Budin, Philip Burke, Shawn Caution, Alex Currie, Thomas Aquinas Daly, Jonathan Daly, Jack DiMaggio, George Grace, Geoffrey Harding, Thomas Kegler, Donald E. Little, Ray Lockhart, William C. Maggio, Michael McMahon, Gerald Mead, Charles L. Ossman, George Palmer, Phil Pantano, John Pfahl, Robert Rimmer, Christopher Stangler, Dennis Stierer, Chuck Tingley, Jeffrey J. Watkins, Mark Weld, Joseph Whalen, Mikel Wintermantel, Marcus L. Wise, and John Yerger.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2014
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibit
October 19-November 16, 2014
October 2014 --The Kenan Center will host the 12th annual Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibit, October 19-November 16. A reception and awards presentation will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Exhibit hours are M-F, noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm. The Gallery will be closed Tuesday, November 11. The juried exhibit will feature 58 artists and 70 paintings.
Juror for the exhibit is Jeannie McGuire, a Pittsburgh-based watercolor artist. McGuire strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression. Narratives are communicated in such works as “Kenneth,” the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection. McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity. Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, and artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer. Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one. As is the case, her works have been displayed and awarded on an international level and represented in numerous art magazines.
Sponsors of the Kenan Center House Gallery 2014 exhibitions are M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.
Sharing the Spotlight: A Decade of Painting by Coni Minneci
September 7-October 12, 2014
The Gallery will be closed Sunday, September 21 for a Tea & Tour with Coni Minneci. Open to pre-paid guests only. Regular Gallery hours resume on Monday, September 22.
September 2014 --The Kenan Center is proud to present, “Sharing the Spotlight: A Decade of Painting by Coni Minneci,” September 7 through October 12. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, September 7 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Exhibit hours are M-F, noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm.
The exhibit will feature one of Minneci’s most well-known series: “A to Z: An Historical Survey of Women Artists,” in which she uses a still life of a pear to represent each woman. Says Minneci of this series: “Each of those paintings is intended to serve as an homage to a specific woman artist that I researched.” Minneci will include loaned works by several of the women artists represented in the A to Z series including Cindy Sherman, Susan Rothenberg, Bonnie Gordon, and Dorothy Simpson Kraus—all from the collection of Gerald Mead. Minneci, herself, is adding a piece that includes nine prints from Yoko Ono’s “Instructions for Paintings/Interactive Papers,” featured in a 2002 retrospective exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The individual “cards” (of which there were originally 21) will be framed together and displayed next to Ono’s representative painting in the A to Z series.
The exhibit will also include an extensive number of paintings of Niagara Falls that span 10 years of Minneci’s painting career along with other landscapes, many of which are on loan from private and public collections.
With degrees in Graphic Design and Fine Art, Coni Minneci has worked as a commercial illustrator, designer, and fine art painter for over thirty years. Her award winning work has been shown in solo, juried and curated exhibitions and galleries in the United States. Her work can be found in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe and in corporate and public collections, most recently Harper International Corp. and the permanent collection of the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls. She is represented by Tom McCabe and Jeff Holloway of Eminent Design Gallery, Sonoma, CA. Says Holloway of Minneci’s art: “Her work has been described as startlingly beautiful in whatever format she chooses, from her miniatures to her over scale panels, from oil to acrylic. She has the ability to capture one’s imagination and attention.”
A Tea & Tour in the Gallery will be held on Sunday, September 21. The event includes light luncheon fare, dessert and tea followed by a conversation with the artist. Cost is $20 per person; advance reservations are required by calling 433-2617.
Sponsors of the Kenan Center House Gallery 2014 exhibitions are M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.
Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit
July 27-August 29, 2014
July 2014 -- The Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street, Lockport will present the Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit (NFAE,) July 27 through August 29, featuring artisans from the western and central New York region working in a variety of 2- and 3-dimensional media. Gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, 12 noon-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. A free public reception and awards presentation will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Fifty-one artists were selected for the show. They are: Paul Alico; Robert Bemisderfer; Karen Carbonara; Margaret Carney; Daniel Chadwick; Brenda Cretney; Beverly DiPalma; Ric Feeney; Beverly Fink; Sharon Fundalinski; Cynthia Gawley; Kristine Gazzo; Kathleen S. Giles; John Glennie; Anita Gullo-Eardley; Joan Hambleton; Judy Hartke; Charles Houseman; Carol Koziol Clark; Pat Kraus; John Lagomaggiore; Joan Langley-Shaw; Nancy C. Mariani; Carol Mathewson; Maureen Matthews-Toth; Manning McCandlish; Kathleen McDonnell; Kelsey Merkle; John Merlino; Christine A. Miller; George Miller; Donna Miska; Fran Noonan; Cindi O’Mara; Betty Pitts-Foster; Rose Popper; M. Scott Reagan; Robert J. Rimmer; Joan Saba; Carl Schifano; Kathy Schifano; Carol Siracuse; Rose Marie Sroka; Dennis Stierer; E. Jane Stoddard; Sally Treanor; Orlando Vanich; David Vitrano; Dody Walter; Joseph Whalen, and Bill Wilson.
Since 1967, the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit has provided a forum for significant new works by artists from the Niagara region. The juried show features a variety of media including oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, photography, pen and ink, charcoal, and terra cotta sculpture.
Seven cash awards will be presented during the opening reception including Best of Show, Juror’s Choice Purchase Award, the Sheila Whalen Memorial Realism in Drawing Award, the Julia Beamer Memorial Award, and three Awards of Excellence. In addition, three Honorable Mention Awards will be given.
Juror for the show is watercolor artist, Jodie Ziehm. She is a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Art Dialogue, Buffalo Niagara Art Association, Fine Arts League of Buffalo, where she coordinated life drawing classes for many years, and the Carnegie Art Center where she is a past board member. She has participated in many group and solo gallery exhibitions, both locally and nationally and has won numerous awards.
Sponsors of the 2014 Kenan Center Gallery exhibits are M & T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, the Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. For more information, call (716) 433-2617 or go to www.kenancenter.org.
Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit Award Recipients
Hamburg artist, Paul Alico, took the Best of Show award on Sunday, July 27 at the opening of the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit for his pastel titled, “Larkin Stop.” John Lagomaggiore (Niagara Falls), received the Juror’s Choice Purchase Award for his photograph, “Love in Barcelona.” The Sheila Whalen Memorial Award for Realism in Drawing went to Kelsey Merkle for her work titled, “Rebel.” The Julia Beamer Memorial Award went to Joan Saba for her painting, “Blue & White.” Three Awards of Excellence were presented. They went to: Fran Noonan for “Quell,” Nancy Mariani for ”Keeping Control,” and M. Scott Reagan for his 3-D sculpture, “The Future is the Past.” Three Honorable Mention Awards were also presented. Those awardees were: Kathleen Giles (Gasport) for “Peonies in Spotlight,” Robert Bemisderfer (Niagara Falls) for “House on the Hill,” and Sharon Fundalinksi for “Windswept.”
Since 1967, the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit has provided a forum for significant new works by artists from the Niagara region. The juried show features a variety of media including oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, photography, pen and ink, charcoal, and terra cotta sculpture. Fifty-one artists are represented in this year’s show.
The exhibit continues through August 29. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed August 24 for a private event.
Buffalo Niagara Art Association
June 22-July 20, 2014
The Kenan Center Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport, will host an exhibit by members of the Buffalo Niagara Art Association opening Sunday, June 20 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 22 (closed July 4-6). Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm and Sunday, 2-5 pm. Juror for the exhibit was Coni Minecci.
The exhibit will feature 65 works by 33 artists. They are: Dennis Bertram, Anna Boccio, Paula Borkowski, Karen Carbonara, Thomas Coyne, Enid Edelman, Joan Hambleton, Jean Jain, Paulette Jurek, Patricia Kraus, Ryan Matthew, Maureen Matthews, Cindi O’Mara, Jean MacDonald, Manning McCandlish, Eileen McNamara, Fran Noonan, Kathleen O’Donnell, Catherine P. O’Neill, Linda Piper, Sherrill Primo, Marie Prince, Judie Pufpaff, Margaret Raab, Len Rusin, Kath Schifano, Patricia Sciandra, Joan Langley Shaw, E. J. Stoddard, Mimi Swados, Joan Turrell, Dienna Wienholtz, and Jody Ziehm.
The Buffalo Niagara Art Association (BNAA) is a diverse group of artists with styles ranging from photo realism to lyrical abstraction. The mission of BNAA is to foster a bond between artists, promoting understanding and interest in the creative arts.
Originally known as the Amherst Society of Artists (founded in March 1955), the Buffalo Niagara Art Association changed its name in 2006 to reflect the more diverse geographical area in which the members live.
For more information go online to www.kenancenter.org or call 433-2617.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2011
View photos from the October 9 opening of the Catherine Parker exhibit. An exciting event on a perfect fall afternoon! Check out the Zillycakes cupcakes with mini hand-painted candies depicting one of Parker's paintings!
Artist Joe Whalen presents remarks during the Tea & Shared Memories event on January 23,2011.To view other Kenan Center tagged videos, click the YouTube icon on the screen or subscribe to the Kenan Center YouTube Channel.
ABOUT THE KENAN CENTER HOUSE GALLERY
The Kenan Center House Gallery is located in the Kenan House, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. An active exhibition space since 1966 when it featured the works of Charles Burchfield, the Kenan Center House Gallery averages eight exhibits annually of local and regional artists. Committed to fostering artistic expression in young people, the gallery also includes a high school photo exhibit on its calendar each year.