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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.

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Women and Wine

31 Mar

17098443_1148417588613475_3052059758283408492_nMarch is the month dedicated to showcasing and honoring women for their accomplishments in changing our culture and revolutionizing the world. While times have changed and ceilings continue to fall, women still struggle to earn the respect of their male counterparts, especially in certain fields.

One industry that is remarkably absent in this discussion is the wine industry. This group of growers and vintners has been demographically male-dominated throughout history, but in Western New York local wineries are breaking the mold for women.

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Shane Gustafson at Gust of Sun Winery (Gust of Sun Winery/Facebook)

Shane Gustafson is the owner and co-wine maker with her husband of Gust of Sun Winery in Ransomville, NY, which won Silver Medal in the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Down the road, Mindy Vizcarra is now overseeing the winemaking operations, which is being done by several male co-workers, at Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms. They also took home a Silver Medal in the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.A fifth-generation farm, Vizcarra is carrying on the family tradition but a leading female in the local industry and growing the business into an agri-tourism attraction.

South of them, Salamanca Estate Winery has both male and female winemakers who share equal responsibility in the winemaking responsibilities.

While not a traditional wine maker, Kristin Gregory is also breaking barriers as the chief-cider maker at BlackBird Cider Works. They have won several local awards including 2016 Silver Medal in the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.

As we conclude women’s appreciation month, we must be proud of the continued work being done in our own backyard. Western New York continues to push forth in setting new precedents in many industries. While we spent the past month appreciating women it is imperative to continuing shining a light on the accomplishments being made around our community.

 

Dimitri Malliaris is the public relations intern for Full Plate Publicity. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State University in public communications with a minor degree in environmental science. He is in his final semester of college, and is currently the vice-president of PRSSA- Buffalo State Chapter.

Prior to getting his degree, Dimitri was co-general manager of Nektar and Ambrosia Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. He has spent his life in the hospitality industry. Following graduation, he hopes to work for the environment or renewable energy field doing public relations.

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!

The Niagara Frontier: Travel back into time, in Niagara USA | Niagara USA | Blog

7 Aug

The Niagara Frontier: Travel back into time, in Niagara USA | Niagara USA | Blog.

Have mat, will travel

23 Jul
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Travel yoga mat

Walking into a BUTI yoga class at Tree of Life Yoga Studio is anything but a tranquil experience. With a soundtrack of Madonna circa 1985 playing in the background, students soon become aware they are about to participate in something more than a spiritual workout.

BUTI yoga sculpts muscles while the body is in an optimal fat burning zone, using this power yoga flow as an active recovery and muscle lengthening tool. BUTI teaches how to activate core muscles, both outer (larger) and inner (smaller) that stabilize the body. This multi-dimensional approach interplays so much that it’s impossible for students to be bored with your yoga routine.

To prevent injury or burnout from the 75 minute class, this intermediate yogi recommends some previous experience on the mat – and perhaps the gym when jumping jacks come into play.

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The writer doing yoga – – not BUTI

Local Tree of Life Yoga Studio instructor Erin DeVantier, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. blends traditional yoga with functional exercise, set to suitable music that help participants get into the groove of burning calories while focusing on breathing. This empowering yoga helps students get into shape, into the groove and have a good time.

She also uses elements that focus on grounding oneself and concentrating on the “root chakra.” Located at the base of the spine, the “root chakra” establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, the environment and the Earth. Don’t be surprised if there is some pounding on the floor to the beat of the music, and rhythm of the body. Those who adhere to a chakra system say the “root chakra” is the body’s survival center.

At the end of a BUTI class at Tree of Life Yoga Studio, there is at least five minutes of corpse pose to “Zen” out, but only after mixing up your yoga routine to the point of no return.

BUTI classes are currently being offered at 9 a.m. Sundays and 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, at Tree of Life Yoga Studio. For more information visit Tree of Life Yoga Studio here.