Kenan Center House Gallery
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.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays after Labor Day through Memorial Day weekend. The Gallery may be closed for major holidays, and 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 2016 is provided by, the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Quilters', and M&T Bank.
UPCOMING EXHIBITS 2016
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society 13th National Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor, October 16-November 13 2016, (Public reception and awards, October 30)
UPCOMING EXHIBITS 2017: Kenan Center 50th Anniversary
Celebrating Alice Pomroy Kenan: Western New York Women Painters, January 8-February 12, 2017
Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show, February 19-March 26, 2017
Storrs All High Photo Show, April 2-23, 2017
Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection, April 30-June 16, 2017
Guest curated by Gerald Mead
Masterworks: Watercolors from the Gerald Mead Collection, June 25-July 30, 2017
Erie Canal - Spirit of Structure, Platinum/Palladium Images by
Dennis Stierer and Tillman Crane, August 13-October 1, 2017
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, October 8-November 12, 2017; Reception October 22
CURRENT EXHIBITS, 2016
Beauty of the Beasts: Paintings of Our Natural World Featuring the Work of Judith Hartke
The Kenan Center Gallery will present “Beauty of the Beasts: Paintings of Our Natural World Featuring the Work of Judith Hartke,” a solo exhibit of work by East Aurora wildlife artist, Judith Hartke, August 21 through October 2. The exhibit will open with a public reception Sunday, August 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 17 and October 1 and Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed September 2-5, 10 and 24.
August 21-October 2, 2016
Hartke will discuss her work at a Tea & Tour on Sunday, September 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy light luncheon free, dessert, and assorted teas followed by a conversation with the artist. $25 per person. Advance reservations required by calling 433-2617 or reserve in person at the Kenan Center Business Office.
About Judith Hartke: A Western New York native, artist Judith Hartke has spent her life experiencing and exploring the natural world. After thirteen years working as a Nutrition and Management consultant to dairy farms, Judy found a way to combine both her interests, and transitioned to becoming a full-time wildlife artist by 2003.
Starting out early in her career winning “Artist of the Year” several times in New York State’s Wildlife Art competition, Judy’s first Federal Duck Stamp entries placed 10th and 12th . Since that time, the artist has gone on to win awards and acceptance into many national and international competitions, shows, and exhibitions and her work has been sold by galleries throughout the country in such places as Jackson Hole, North Carolina, Florida, and New York and in exhibitions from Henderson, Kentucky to San Diego, California to Tokyo, Japan. A signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, Judy’s work has been included in cards, calendars, and books, such as “The Biology and Management of Whitetail Deer,” edited by Dr. David Hewitt of Texas A&M and one of the most comprehensive books ever compiled on the Whitetail.
The Kenan Center Gallery is located at 433 Locust St, Lockport. 2016 Gallery sponsors are the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, and M&T Bank. For more information, call 716-433-2617.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2016
MetaCorporate: Art from Industry
The Kenan Center Gallery will present METACORPORATE: ART FROM INDUSTRY, an exhibit of 2- and 3-dimensional works from corporate and non-profit collections, May 15-June 26. The exhibit will open with a public reception Sunday, May 15, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. through May 21. The Gallery will be closed Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, as well as Saturdays, June 11 through June 25. The Gallery will be open for special hours during 100 American Craftsmen, June 4, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and June 5, noon-4:00 p.m.
May 15-June 26
The exhibit will feature more than 60 pieces including 14 originally owned by the Carborundum Corporation and now in the collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara Falls; 11 pieces by noted Niagara Falls artist, Polly King; and additional works from the Niagara County Historical Society, New York Power Authority, YWCA of Niagara, and Eastern Niagara Hospital. In addition to King, some of the artists represented include former Lockportians, Joseph Whalen, William Storrs, and Olivia McConnell; and contemporary watercolor artist Katheen Giles and photographer Paul Pasquarello. The works from the Carborundum collection include numerous international artists such as Max Bill (Swiss); Louise Nevelson (American born in Russia); and Barbara Hepworth (British); as well as sculptors Constantino Nivola (Italian); James Rosati (American), Seymour Lipton (American), and Suzanne Pascal (American).
The exhibit was inspired by “Art from Industry IV,” an exhibit held at the Kenan Center in 1969 which featured 36 works from such notable Buffalo corporations as American Standard, the Kittinger Company, Hooker Chemical, and Marine Midland Bank.
The Kenan Center Gallery is located at 433 Locust St, Lockport. 2016 Gallery sponsors are the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, and M&T Bank. For more information, call 716-433-2617 or go online to www.kenancenter.org.
Storrs All High Photo Show
April 10-May 1
RUNAWAY SUN: Paintings & Etchings by Rachel Ostrow
The Kenan Center House Gallery presents the exhibit: RUNAWAY SUN: Paintings and Etchings by Rachel Ostrow, Sunday, February 21 through March 25. Gallery hours for the exhibit are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 433 Locust St, Lockport.
February 21-March 25, 2016
Rachel Ostrow is a Brooklyn-based painter and printmaker raised in East Amherst, NY. Her paintings use movement and light to create spaces and forms that engage the imagination. She earned a B.A. in fine arts from Wesleyan University, a post-baccalaureate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an M.F.A in painting from Hunter College. She has participated in residencies at the Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY; the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, CA; the Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY, and the Kimmel Harding Nelsen Center, Nebraska City, NE. She has exhibited her work in Barcelona, Spain; Aix-en-Provence, France; Joshua Tree, CA; Great Barrington, MA; and New York City, NY. This exhibit will mark the debut of her new work in Western New York.
Sponsors of the Kenan House Gallery’s 2016 exhibitions are the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Quilters’ Guild and M&T Bank.
Fragments: Watercolors & Drawings by Noring Spurling
The Kenan Center House Gallery at 433 Locust St, Lockport, will present “Fragments: Watercolors & Drawings by Norine Spurling,” January 10-February 14. A public reception will be held Sunday, January 10 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through February 14. Guest curator of the exhibit is Gerald Mead.
January 10-February 14, 2016
A native of Bermuda, Norine Spurling studied in Philadelphia at the Moore College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. After having lived in California for several years and raising a family, she moved to Western New York and completed her BFA (1969) and MFA (1975) degrees at the University at Buffalo, where she was a longtime lecturer in the art department.
A past president of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Spurling also served on an editorial advisory board for Collegiate Press in San Diego, CA. She is currently an exhibiting member of several regional and national arts organizations such as the Western New York Artists Group and National Watercolor Society.
Spurling’s extensive exhibition history includes solo or two-person exhibitions at the Charlotte Gallery (Brantford, Ontario), Deland Museum (Deland, FL), Edinboro State University (Erie, PA), Ormond Memorial Art Museum (Ormond Beach, FL) and Patterson Art Gallery (Westfield, NY). Her works have been included in numerous national and international juried exhibitions throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, Kenya, Germany and Bermuda. Awards received include Purchase Awards from exhibitions at the Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA) and the Minnesota Museum of Art (St. Paul, MN) and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the Buffalo Society of Artists. Spurling’s work is in the permanent collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY), Rochester General Hospital (Rochester, NY) and Kemper Group (Long Grove, IL) among many other corporate and private collections in the United States, Canada and Bermuda.
Sponsors of the Gallery exhibitions are the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, the Kenan Quilters’ Guild, and M&T Bank. For more information, call 433-2617 or go to www.kenancenter.org.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2015
Vietnam Veterans: Our Photo Album
The Kenan Center is proud to present, VIETNAM VETERANS: OUR PHOTO ALBUM, September 13-October 11 in the Kenan House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. The exhibit will open with a public reception on Sunday, September 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to preview the exhibit on Saturday, September 12 , 2:00-5:00 p.m. Gallery hours throughout the exhibit will be Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Hours on Saturday, September 26 will be 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed September 19, 25 and October 10.
September 13-October 11, 2015
The exhibit will feature more than 300 framed and unframed images taken by Niagara County Vietnam veterans—a collection that was first presented at the Kenan Gallery in 1990 and toured various sites until 2013. The photographs provide an intimate visual story of the veterans’ experience—the landscape, the people, the daily routine, and the friends they met--and often lost--during their time of service. The photos were collected by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 268 in Lockport which is again coordinating the exhibit. A permanent home for the photos is being sought to preserve the photographs after the close of the exhibit. Memorabilia provided by many of the veterans, music from the period, and a specially built display wall that will honor the Niagara County veterans killed in the war, will be included to enhance visitors’ experience.
RETIRED CURATOR OF VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL COLLECTION TO ATTEND OPENING. Attending the opening reception as a special guest will be Duery Felton Jr., a Vietnam veteran and recently retired curator of the artifacts left at The Wall in Washington, D.C. Felton held the position with the National Park Service, which oversees the memorial, for more than 20 years.
FREE PANEL DISCUSSIONS. A series of panel discussions will take place throughout the exhibit, each Sunday starting September 13 (opening of exhibit) and continuing September 20, 27 and October 4. Each discussion will start at 2 pm and take place in the Kenan Center Taylor Theater. The weekly discussions will focus on: #1 Army; #2 Navy, Marines and Air Force; #3 Vietnam War from an historical perspective with Dr. Robert Kane from Niagara University; and #4 The after-effects of returning home.
Ontario Group of Twelve
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.
July 26-August 30, 2015
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.
Fine Arts League of Buffalo 62nd Annual Spring Juried Open Exhibition
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.
June 14-July 19, 2015
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 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.
May 3-June 7, 2015
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 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.
March 29-April 26, 2015
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 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.
March 1-22, 2015
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 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.
January 11-February 22, 2015
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.
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.