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KENAN CENTER PRESENTS ERIE CANAL – SPIRIT OF STRUCTURE

14 Aug

kenan_50logo_finalThe most recent exhibit at the Kenan Center is appropriately at home. The “Erie Canal – Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images” by Dennis Stierer and Tillman Crane, will be on display through October 1.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday hours resume September 16. The Gallery will be closed Labor Day weekend, and September 9, 17 and 30.

About the artists

A name familiar to Lockportians is Dennis Stierer, a former photojournalist for the Lockport Union Sun & Journal/Greater Niagara Newspapers who now keeps a studio in the lock-city. He is a self-taught photographer whose work has encompassed a broad subject range including fashion, editorial, nature, and fine art portraiture. His work has been exhibited nationally and is included in numerous permanent collections. He has also juried many art exhibits and served two terms as president of the Buffalo Society of Artists. His preferred medium is black and white film, using a large format camera as represented in the current exhibit.

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Tillman Crane’s distinctive platinum photographs combine 19th-century materials with a 21st century aesthetic. Tillman’s photography career began in 1978 as a photojournalist for The Maryville Daily Times . He began teaching the craft of photography in 1988. His passion for photography continues to evolve as he embraces new technology while furthering his mastery of the platinum/palladium print. The focus of his imagery remains on the unique sense of place in the ordinary, everyday locations where he lives and teaches.

A skilled teacher, his workshops offer a variety of locations for all levels of expertise and camera formats. Tillman’s own workshops include north Alabama, the Erie CanalMontanaNorth Dakota and the Orkney islands. He currently leads workshops for the Maine Media Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops. With his extensive knowledge of platinum printing, he has taught in China, Mexico, Scotland, England and throughout the U.S.

Tillman has published four limited edition books: “Tillman Crane/Structure “(2001), “Touchstones” (2005), “Odin Stone” (2008) and “A Walk Along the Jordan” (2009). For the discriminating collector, Tillman collaborates to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of your choice of platinum/palladium prints.

His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are included in major collections throughout the U.S., China, England, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. Tillman’s images are also included in several important books on contemporary photography. His resume can be viewed here.

A Tea & Tour will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. September 17, the event features light luncheon fare, dessert, and tea followed by a conversation with photographer Dennis Stierer. There is a $25 per person fee and advance reservation required by calling 716-433-2617.

For more information about”Erie Canal – Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images” and other Kenan Center events, visit kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617.

 

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.

KENAN CENTER LAUNCHES 50TH CELEBRATION

20 Feb

In 2017, the Kenan Center celebrates 50 years of enriching lives in the community through cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities for all ages.

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Sen. Ortt and Mayor McCaffrey were among the dignitaries in attendance.

“Looking back with pride, looking ahead with promise,” officially began this month with the reading of official proclamations from Senator Robert Ortt (R, C, I – North Tonawanda) and Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey. There was also an awards ceremony, announcement of exhibitions and events throughout the year, unveiling of 50th Anniversary wines by Schulze Vineyards & Winery, and viewing of artworks from the forthcoming, historic exhibit opening in the Kenan Gallery on April 30, Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection. Samples of the 50th anniversary fine art calendar will also be available, with local artists on hand. Leading the planning committee that is preparing an extensive schedule of special 50th Anniversary events are Kenan Center board officers Chris Marra and Selena Truax Morello.

 

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Essay award winners.

“Over the past fifty years, the Kenan Center has grown in so many ways beyond the concept of a community center that was first presented to William Rand Kenan,” said Kenan Center Executive Director, Susan Przybyl. “The buildings and grounds have undergone continual updating and improvement; programs and events have evolved as the community has changed, and our recognition as a significant regional tourism and cultural site is astounding when you look back at our humble beginnings. We are indebted to the countless volunteers who, over the years, have served on the board, guiding the Center to financial and organizational stability; to those who taught classes, hung art exhibits, maintained the gardens, donated their time to events, sat on committees, and literally kept the doors open through their unwavering financial support. They are the backbone of the Kenan Center. We are also fortunate to have had the support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust from the onset, and most especially Thomas S. Kenan III, Mr. Kenan’s great-nephew, whose affection for Lockport has been a great gift to the community as well as the Kenan Center. Guiding us through the years has been Mr. Kenan’s stated wish that his property be used for the benefit of the community, with education being at the heart of his vision. We look back with pride at the five decades that the Kenan Center has fulfilled his intentions, and we look ahead with promise to what we will accomplish in the future.”

image2Located in a mid-19th century Victorian mansion that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. William Rand Kenan, Jr., the Kenan Center has become one of the premier cultural facilities in the Buffalo Niagara region. Located one-mile from the historic Erie Canal, the Kenan Center plays a significant role in local heritage tourism, offering annual popular programming that includes the prestigious 100 American Craftsmen show of fine, contemporary craft art, the Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Festival, and year-round gallery exhibits featuring local and regional artists. The Center also serves as the starting point for the annual Lockport in Bloom garden walk while the Kenan Center Arena hosts major sporting competitions, antique shows, and community events throughout the year.

Several exhibitions and events will mark the year’s celebration:

Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection

Opening April 30, 2017

This rare exhibit will feature works by noted American watercolorist, Charles E. Burchfield, his daughters Catherine Burchfield Parker and Martha Burchfield Richter, and his grand-daughter, Peggy Richter Haug. Guest curator is Gerald Mead. The exhibit has special significance as the very first exhibit held in the House Gallery was of Charles Burchfield works from the collection of Charles Rand Penney on April 30, 1966, which was also Kenan’s birthday. In celebration of this special anniversary exhibit, a Tea & Tour will take place May 21 with an overview provided by Mead and collector Louise Simon Schoene.

Erie Canal ~ Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images by Dennis Stierer and Tillman Crane

August 13 through October 1

This second major exhibit will feature images of the Erie Canal in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the canal that took place on July 4, 1917. A special afternoon luncheon/talk is scheduled for September 17.

The Kenan Speaker Series, hosted with the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, will celebrate its fourth year of presenting distinguished speakers on topics related to religion and faith in 2017 with two notable speakers. The first program on February 11 will feature Jeremy Begbie, musician, scholar, author, and director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina. On September 23, the Kenan Center and First Presbyterian will welcome Sister Joan Chittister, one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. Chittister is the author of more than 50 books, and is in high demand as an international advocate for peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. The major interfaith engagement will take place at the First Presbyterian Church and will honor the founding members of the Kenan Center.

Space enthusiasts, young and old, will especially enjoy our special speaker on October 28:

Air Force pilot Ron Franco who will talk on his experiences as a NASA Mission Simulation Specialist.

The most extensive event is planned for July 8 when the Center presents a campus-wide Community Day. Planned is a 5K race along with games, food, music and theater performances, and recreational activities in the arena, with much more to be added to the day of fun for the whole family.

Additionally exciting is a return of performances in the Taylor Theater. A new group called the Carriage House Players launched by two former Lockportians and veterans of Taylor Theater productions, Kathleen Rooney and Peg Merrill, along with the Kenan Center, will present both theatrical and musical performances including a new Jazz Series. The first concert takes place

February 25 and will be “A Tribute to Dexter Gordon” featuring Kelley Bucheger’s What Would Mingus Do? Quintet.

Wrapping up the 50th anniversary events will be a special Harvest Gala, October 14. More information will be announced.

In addition to the anniversary events, the Kenan Center has a full calendar of programming that will include the 47th Annual 100 American Craftsmen, June 2-4; the Biennial Quilt Show hosted by the Kenan Quilters’ Guild, November 3-5; the Kenan Arts Council Holiday Gift Show, November 17-19; the six-week KidQuest Summer Youth Program that includes special programs in theater, art, science, and recreation along with family—oriented performances and activities; additional gallery exhibits; art classes for children; Paints Uncorked for adults; a Montessori Preschool; and soccer and other team sports in the Kenan Arena.

For more information about the Kenan Center, including an updated calendar, visit 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!

Full Service Seafood

11 Mar

Growing up in Lockport, NY, Fridays during Lent started with an order to go at Montondo’s Seafood (201 East Ave., Lockport). With a 90-year history, it’s a haunt Lockportians know well.

Their fish and seafood menu is extensive, ranging from Breaded Fish Haddock, Shrimp, Scallops, Seafood Platter, Lake Perk, Yellow Pike, Fish Sandwich and Oyster. My favorite is the Clam Strips with pint-sized sides of macaroni and cheese and clam chowder. A Children’s Portion is also available.

To-go dinners include fries, Cole Slaw, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce or blue cheese. Potato or macaroni salad may be substituted for French fries.

Montondo’s Seafood also sells wholesale. For home cooks they may have just what they need, and will supplies recipes to help.

From www.montondosseafood.com:

Cold Salmon with Mustard Sauce

Mustard Sauce

2 tbsp prepared mayonnaise

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

½ tbsp chopped fresh chives

2 drops lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, chives, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until needed.

Salmon

Salt and ground pepper

2 sprigs parsley

2-6 oz. salmon fillets

2 small cherry tomatoes

4 baguette slices, brushed with olive oil, toasted and thinly sliced

½ medium cucumber peeled

Pre-heat the broiler until very hot. Sprinkle a baking sheet with salt and pepper and lay the salmon on it. Broil for 30 seconds (or until the fish is slightly medium-rare). With a spatula, transfer the salmon to a cold baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator until cold.

To serve, spread 1 tablespoon mustard sauce on each of 2 plates. Top with the salmon. Garnish each plate with 2 baguette croutons, a parsley sprig, a cherry tomato, and a few slices of cucumber. Serve with fresh lemon.

Find Seafood Facts from Montondo’s here.

If you go, Montondo’s Seafood, 201 East Ave., Lockport; 716-434-2818