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RARE EXHIBITION OF THREE GENERATIONS OF BURCHFIELD PAINTERS

23 May
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“Spring Blossoms” a watercolor by Martha Burchfield Richter.

This year not only marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kenan Center in Lockport, but the 51st anniversary of a landmark in the history of the Kenan House Gallery. It was on April 30, 1966, that the fledgling gallery opened with an exhibit of works by American watercolorist, Charles E. Burchfield from the collection of Charles Rand Penney. It would prove to be one of the last exhibitions Burchfield attended in person prior to his passing in January, 1967.

The exhibit titled, THREE GENERATIONS OF BURCHIFLEDS: WORKS FROM THE SCHOENE COLLECTION, opened April 30.

The exhibit brings together for the first time the works of Charles Burchfield, both of his daughters Catherine Burchfield Parker and Martha Burchfield Richter, and his grand-daughter, Peggy Richter Haug. The exhibit is guest curated by Gerald Mead.

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Left to right: Peggy Richter Haug, curator Gerald Mead, collector Louise Shoene, and Kenan Center Executive Director Susan Przybyl, at the exhibit opening.

Susan Przybyl, Executive Director of the Kenan Center, who has been working with collector Louise Simon Schoene and Mead to present the exhibit for the past year, concurs that the timing of exhibit is particularly meaningful. “Not only did the first exhibit held at the Kenan Center feature works Charles Burchfield, but the date it opened — April 30th — is William R. Kenan, Jr.’s birthday. This year, by some remarkable twist of fate, THREE GENERATIONS OF BURCHFIELDS will open on the same date.” While the exhibit, itself, will be a tremendous draw for art lovers and aficionados of Burchfield’s work. Przybyl hopes visitors will take time to discover the uniqueness of the Kenan Center. “Visitors are constantly awed by the spectacular, 19th century architecture of Mr. Kenan’s residence and the expansive grounds,” says Przybyl. “We want people to see for themselves what has made the Kenan Center a cultural treasure in eastern Niagara County for five decades.”

Collector Louise Simon Schoene comes from a background of business and civic activity as what she calls a “citizen diplomat.” She previously held the role of director and New York State Coordinator of Sister Cities International and currently serves as Vice President of American Women for International Understanding. She has devoted more than two decades to acquiring the Burchfield works in her collection, with a particular desire to bring Martha Burchfield Richter to greater national attention. Says Schoene: “This exhibition is personally meaningful to me because it is the culmination of almost twenty years of focused commitment – from my first Burchfield purchase and working to turn the idea of the Charles E. Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca into a reality, to my current service as a member of the Advisory Council of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.” An interesting side note is that Schoene loaned seven of Martha Burchfield Richter’s paintings to the producers of Marshall, the bio-pic about Thurgood Marshall which filmed here in Buffalo in the summer of 2016.

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“Cabin in the Woods” a watercolor by Martha Burchfield Richter.

Guest curator, Gerald Mead, adds: “Renowned watercolorist Charles Burchfield and his artistic descendants quite possibly could be referred to as Western New York’s ‘first family’ of artists. It is highly appropriate therefore that this collection of their works, passionately acquired by collector Louise Schoene over many years, be presented at the Kenan Center in its year of celebration. This exhibition, which consists of works spanning nearly a century, provides a rare opportunity to see the work of Charles Burchfield in concert with his daughters Martha and Catherine and grand-daughter Peggy. It is also noteworthy that this exhibition includes the largest number of works by Martha Burchfield Richter on public view in decades.”

In addition to the exhibit, a special Tea & Tour will take place on May 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. giving visitors a chance to learn more about the works and the artists. The event will include light luncheon fare, tea, and dessert followed by a conversation with Schoene and Mead. The cost is $25 per person and advance reservations are required by calling 716-433-2617.

The exhibit continues through June 16 in the Kenan House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Gallery hours are M-F, noon – 5 p.m.; Sundays, 2 – 5 p.m. The Gallery will also be open Saturdays, May 6 and June 10 from 2 -5 p.m., and during 100 American Craftsmen, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 3, and noon – 5 p.m. June 4. The Gallery will be closed May 7 and 21, and 27 – 29 for Memorial Day Weekend.

The 2017 gallery exhibition sponsors are the Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, M&T Bank, and the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust.

For information, go to kenancenter.org.

Think warm thoughts

8 Jan

2016-01-08_1507It may be winter in Lockport, N.Y., however Full Plate Publicity is thinking spring . . . summer even! We are proud to announce that we will be one of the sponsors for this year’s Sweet Sweet Summer – – a city-wide, community initiative to get Western New Yorkers out and about during the warmer weather and participate in family-fun activities.

Local organizer Ellen Martin is creating new programs and may be bringing back some of everyone’s favorites.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest updates!

Small town PR company with global impact

7 Jan

P3_STAMP-01A new public relations and social media agency for the travel, hospitality, culinary and luxury lifestyle industries has been formed in Western New York and South West Florida.

Full Plate Publicity will use the latest techniques in marketing and social media to create fresh, innovative and thoughtful campaigns for a variety of clients. The energetic team has an unparalleled passion for achieving media hits with a purpose, directly helping their clients’ businesses and presence in the marketplace.

With a solid presence in the book publishing industry Full Plate Publicity sees 2016 as the appropriate time to launch into industries that encompass culinary, travel and fashion, while specializing in hospitality and luxury lifestyle brands.

“With a strong background in the lifestyle industries, and media contacts in New York and globally, this is the ideal time to launch such a venture,” said Michelle Blackley Glynn, chief creative officer, Full Plate Publicity. “Using a multimedia approach on a daily basis, we are excited about growing our client list and staff as we embark on this initiative.”

Full Plate Publicity will formally launch internationally at the end of the month in New Delhi, India at SATTE, a three-day event showcasing more than 750 exhibitors from the travel and tourism industry, including 35 national tourist offices and 26 state tourism boards from India, airlines, hotels, destination marketing companies, cruise liners and more.

 

A Pub with Soul

11 Mar

Among the trendy boutiques and hair salons on North Buffalo’s main drag of Hertel Ave. is The Wellington Pub (1541 Hertel Ave., Buffalo). On Friday evenings during the Christian Lenten season, the casual dinning room at The Wellington Pub is packed, and rightfully so.

A smaller-sized portion of the grilled fish fry still has big flavor

Offering a few varieties of the traditional fish fry, patrons can choose from the traditional beer battered haddock, or grilled with lemon and butter, and there is a junior-size option of both.

Try a cup of their chowder chock-full of fresh haddock and crab. It’s the dill that makes this starter come alive.

Don’t pass up the bacon buttermilk potato salad as a side. The typical scoop of coleslaw will also accompany the plate. For an alternate, The Wellington Pub also serves crab cakes.

The bartenders at The Wellington Pub also know a good pint. Don’t abstain from a perfect pour of Guinness with this meal.

If you go, The Wellington Pub, 1541 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216; 716-833-9899.