Admission-free gallery featuring local and regional fine art exhibits with a strong focus on Western New York artists.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.
Current Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. 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 2017 is provided by, the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Quilters’, and M&T Bank.
UPCOMING EXHIBITS 2018
Buffalo Niagara Artists Association, March 4-April 15, 2018
Storrs All High Photo Show, April 22-May 11, 2018
Solo Exhibit: George Palmer, May 20-July 8, 2018
Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit, July 15-August 26, 2018
Nature’s Microcosms: Works by Wendy Caldwell Maloney, Cindi O’Mara and Paula Sciuk. Guest curated by Gerald Mead. September 2-October 7, 2018
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibit, October 14-November 9, 2018
The Salt Between: Narratives in Paint
January 14-February 25, 2018
The Kenan Center House Gallery will present a solo exhibit of work by East Aurora artist, Alixandra Martin, January 14 through February 15. The collection represents works from three continents and nine countries from over ten years, capturing the people, culture, architecture, and land through the lens of an artist. Included will be illustrations that celebrate the history of the Kenan Center in a specially commissioned children’s book entitled, The Place, written by children’s book author, Cynthia Cotten, and illustrated by Martin. She previously illustrated the award-winning book, The Scariest Dream Ever. A free public reception will take place January 14, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are M-F, noon- 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Alixandra Martin has completed murals in Sao Paolo, Toronto, the Florida Keys, San Francisco, and Southwest France. Mural and fine art clients include private residential work, and public and commercial ventures, including Fisher-Price, medical centers, restaurants, libraries and schools. She has shown around the world in solo and group shows; exhibitions include galleries in Toronto, Key West, Tribeca, and Southampton, NY and locally, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright-Knox Collectors Gallery, Canisius College, and redFISH Art Studios and Gallery in East Aurora, the gallery and studios she founded in 2002. A recent commission at the Hauptmann Woodward Institute finds Martin meeting with scientists and painting art based on the shape and structure of cells and proteins related to cancer and diabetes research.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITS, 2017
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Fall 2017 Members’ Watermedia Exhibit
October 8-November 12, 2017; Reception October 22
The Kenan Center will present the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Fall Members’ Watermedia Exhibition, October 8-November 12. The juried exhibit will feature 62 works by 53 member artists. In addition to watercolor, works in the exhibit also include gouache, ink, and watercolor pencil as media. A reception with awards presentation will take place October 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed November 10 and 11. A program of Artists’ Talks will take place October 28 at 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Show chair is Carol Case Siracuse.
Artists featured are:
John Balacki, Thomas Baldwin, Sandra Bemisderfer, Robert Bemisderfer, Roberta Bolt, Ilona Borka Juhasz, Suzanne Borowicz, Karen Carbonara, Janice Castiglione, Todd Chalk, Carol Koziol Clark, Marlene Coles, Gloria Constantine, Brenda Cretney, Beverly DiPalma, Kateri, Ewing, Ric Feeney, Barbara Fox, Sharon Fundalinski, David Gardner, David Gardner, Kathleen Giles, MaryEllen Hanna, Mary Hardegen, Aline Herion, Judy Hodge, Jane Jacobson, Sallye Keith, Michael Killelea, Jennifer Koury, Ronnie Lafferty, Val Liberator, Ray Lockhart, Manning McCandlish, Linda McGuinness, Nancy Palmer Miess, Carol Molnar, Dawn Northwood, Catherine O’Neill, Vicki O’Reilly, Joseph Petroci, Pamela Pollock, Elizabeth Raynor, DeEtta Silvestro, Catherine Skerker, Denise Sperry, Janis Stanek, E. Jane Stoddard, L. Paul Thomas, Sally Treanor, Katie Turner, Sandra Tyler, Louise Vacco, and Dody Walter.
Juror for the exhibit is Linda Frayne Kemp. A full-time artist, Kemp frequently instructs and lectures at national symposiums and watercolor workshops throughout Canada, the United States and United Kingdom. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture and in 2008 received the AJ Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Watercolour, the top award for the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour National Juried Exhibition.
Founded in 1980, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society is an organization for artists and art lovers interested in transparent watercolor and developments in water media. Their primary purpose is to advance the stature of watercolor as a major medium through education, and to foster the appreciation and interest of both the artist and the viewing public. It is the largest, and most active watercolor society in Western New York, more than 240 members strong.
Erie Canal, Spirit of Structure. Platinum/Palladium Images by Dennis Stierer and Tillman Crane
August 13-Occtober 1, 2017
The Kenan Center presents the exhibit ERIE CANAL ~ SPIRIT OF STRUCTURE: PLATINUM/PALLADIUM IMAGES BY DENNIS STIERER AND TILLMAN CRANE, August 13 through October 1. The exhibit will open with a free public reception on August 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Gallery hours are M-F, noon to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday hours resume September 16. The Gallery will be closed Labor Day weekend, September 9 and 30.
Dennis Stierer is a self-taught photographer whose work has encompassed a broad subject range including fashion, editorial, nature, and fine art portraiture. He has maintained studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Boston, MA; and currently in Lockport, New York, having worked as a photojournalist for Lockport Union Sun & Journal/Greater Niagara Newspapers from 1992-2006. 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.
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 (TN). 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.
Masterworks: Watercolors from the Gerald Mead Collection
June 25-July 30, 2017
This survey exhibition, selected from the encyclopedic art collection of Gerald Mead, a noted Buffalo artist and educator, consists of over 75 watercolors dating from 1880 to 2017, by artists associated with Western New York by birth or residency.
Gallery hours are M-F, noon-5:00 p.m.; Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed July 4 and 21. The Gallery will also be open during the Kenan’s Center’s Community Day, July 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with tours given by collector Gerlad Mead every hour from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The media of watercolor has been uniquely tied to the history of the Kenan Center House Gallery. That history ranges from the first exhibition in 1966 that featured Charles Rand Penney’s collection of works by renowned watercolorist Charles Burchfield to periodic regional and national exhibitions organized by the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and career retrospectives by the region’s most celebrated watercolorists such as Rita Auerbach, Margaret Martin, Norine Spurling, and Joe Whalen.
This exhibition, intended to be a historic and contemporary survey, consists of over 75 watercolors by artists who are associated with Western New York by birth or residency. The works have been selected from the extensive collection of Gerald Mead, a noted Buffalo artist and educator. Historically, the artworks range from an early 20th century watercolor by Raphael Beck, a Lockport, New York artist who designed the seal for the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901, to an award winning painting created in 2016 by E. Jane Stoddard, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Also included are illustrations utilizing watercolor by renowned wood craftsman Wendell Castle, noted graphic novelist John Jennings, and emerging young illustrators such as Rob Benigno and Ton Van Dusen.
Other artists who are represented in this survey exhibition in addition to those mentioned above are Robert Blair, Malcolm Bonney, Don Burns, Annie Crawford, Edwin Dickinson, Eugene Dyczkowski, Philip Elliott, Ammi Farnham, Patrick Foran, Bill Gates, Walter Garver, Will Harris, Ray Hassard, Tom Holt, Ani Hoover, Hugh Laidman, Alicia Malik, Manning McCandlish, Wes Olmsted, Joseph Orffeo, Catherine Parker, David Pratt, Russell Ram, Martha Burchfield Richter, Charles Rohrbach, Claire Shuttleworth, Carol Siracuse, Martha Visser’t Hooft, James Vullo, John Wade, Jr., and Patrick Willett among others.
Collector Gerald Mead is an award winning artist, educator, arts writer and independent curator who is a leading authority on Western New York art and serves on the boards of several arts organizations in Buffalo. Since 1987 he has assembled a collection of over 1,100 artworks by artists associated with this region. Thematic exhibitions from the Gerald Mead Collection have been presented at numerous college galleries and other public venues, most recently at SUNY Fredonia and the Springville Center for the Arts. He has also lent works from his collection for major exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, UB Art Galleries, CEPA and Hallwalls and frequently lectures on art and collecting.
Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection
April 30-June 16, 2017
THREE GENERATIONS OF BURCHFIELDS: WORKS FROM THE SCHOENE COLLECTION, 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.
Collector Louise Simon Schoene comes from a background of business and civic activity. 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.”
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 433-2617.
The exhibit continues through June 16 in the Kenan House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Gallery hours are M-F, noon-5:00 p.m.; Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Gallery will also be open Saturdays, May 6 and June 10 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., and during 100 American Craftsmen, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. June3, and noon-5:00p.m. June 4. The Gallery will be closed May 7 and 21, and Memorial Day, May 29.
Storrs All High Photo Show, April 2-23, 2017
The Storrs All High Photo Show features the work of 220 students from 24 high schools across western and central New York. This year’s show opens Sunday, April 2 with a free public reception from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Gallery hours are: M-F, noon-5 PM; Sat & sun, 2-5 PM. The Gallery will be closed April 9, and 14-16.
The exhibit continues through Sunday, April 23. Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are generously sponsored by M&T Bank, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Award support for this exhibit was provided by the Buffalo News/NeXt, the Buffalo Society of Artists, 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 form 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.
Juror for this year’s exhibit is Christopher Gallant, MFA. He is an authority on media production as well as a journalist, filmmaker and blogger, and now works as an Associate Professor in the Digital Media and Communication Department at Hilbert College.
2017 Storrs All High Photo Show Award Winners
Happy Best School winners from Nardin Academy. Far right is teacher Alison Szymanski with some of her students.
Awards were presented on Sunday, April 2 to the following:
TOP CATEGORY AWARDS:
Best School Award—Nardin Academy, Alison Szymanski, Teacher; Best of Show Award–Student Processed: Brianna Weissman, Nardin Academy, These Shoes Were Made for Walking; Best of Show Award–Commercially Processed: Julia Ozga, Cassadaga Valley, Orchidaceae; NeXt Vision Award for Excellence: Jordan Leonard, C. W. Baker, Dancing in the Fire; Best Photojournalism/ Documentary Award: Sean Murphy, Amherst, Encore; Best Portrait Award: Ana Ocasio, Sweet Home, Behind the Mind; Best Black & White Award: Erin Radak, Southwestern, Clearing Morning Fog; Best Color Award: Trisha Pickelhaupt, Williamsville East, Child of Seasons; Best Urbanscape Award: Natalie Marinides, Williamsville East, The Future; Best Landscape Award: Kari Morris, Cassadaga Valley, Bear Lake; Best Still Life Award: Theresa Campofelice, Nardin Academy, My My Cherry Pie; Best Sports Award: Robby Bryant, C. W. Baker, Tilted Horizons; Best Architecture Award: Trinity Mohr, Amherst Central, Splinter in the Sky’s Eye; Best Waterscape Award: Mallory Gross, Barker Central, Lake Ontario; Best Floralscape: Amelia Goodloe, Nichols, Untitled; Best Animal Award:Ashley Genson, Depew, Olseau Bleu; Best Computer-Generated Award:Maria Castellana, Sweet Home, 400 Forest.
MERIT AWARD WINNERS:
Caroline Schaefer, Akron; Untitled; Rainy Lui, Amherst, Poison on Broadway; Eadie Fuerch, Barker, Snowy Dream; Jake Brown, C.W. Baker, 90’s Plastic; Timothy Armstrong, Canisius, Earth Food; Amanda Van Houten, Cassadaga Valley, Doll Face; Tatum White, Cattaraugus Little Valley, A Natural Pattern; Jacob Panzer, Clarence, Untitled; Haley Lemke, City Honors, Out My Window; Natalie DiRienzo,Depew, Amusement; Katharina Reisenbauer, Holley, In the Shadows; Matthew Schmidt,Kenmore East, Let Your Worries Fly; Sam Evans, Kenmore West, Teton; Hannah Mergi,Lewiston-Porter, The Reality of Now; Taylor Hornberger; Nardin Academy, Through the Woods; Hana Mamnoon, Nichols, In the Bus; Samantha Levreault, North Rose-Wolcott, Into the Woods; Liberty Hager, Palmyra-Macedon, Shining Sticks; Janie Adam, Southwestern, Rainbow; Gabrielle Russo, Sweet Home, Silo; Richard Johnson,Tonawanda City, Crossing the Abyss; Cara Buonocore, Williamsville East, Teenager; Madison Pellnat, Williamsville North, I Marched; Allisa Smith, Wilson, April .
Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Exhibition
February 19-March 26, 2017
The exhibit features 63 works in a variety of medias from 48 artists. Artists include: Deborah Abgott, Jan Agati-Abbarno, Roberta Bolt, Nancy Cerny, Todd Chalk, Thomas Coyne, Doreen Boyer DeBoth, Ray D’Amico, Kathleen E. Dworak, James East, Frani Evedon, Jane Foley Ferraro, Robert Finn, Karen Foegen, Barbara Fox, George Gilham, Deborah Hill, Judy Hodge, Norma Joy, Paulette Arida Jurek, Bunny Leighton, Carol Maltby, Michelle Marcotte, Kathleen McDonnell, John Merlino, Barbara Mink, Francis A. Noonan, Cindi O’Mara, Susan Palys, Beth Pederson, Eileen Pleasure, Rose Popper, Joseph J. Porreca, Brian Porter, Judie Pufpaff, Margaret Raab, Andy Russell, Michelle Schroeder, Joan E. Shaw, Carol Case Siracuse, Christopher Stangler, D. Ann Stievater, Andrea Demmin Tasevski, Linda Toomey, David Vitrano, Deanna Weinholtz, Bill Wilson, Gary L. Wolfe. The Juror for the show is John Brunelli, Director of Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton, NY.
A special tribute exhibit of works by BSA members who have recently passed will also be on display in Mrs. Kenan’s bedroom on the second floor.
In conjunction with the exhibit, a Tea & Tour will take place on Sunday, March 5, 1 to 3 p.m. The event includes light luncheon fare, dessert and tea followed by a conversation with selected BSA artists. The cost is $25/person. Advance reservations required by calling 433-2617. The BSA will also host an informal tour with members of the Society on March 24 from 2-4 p.m. No reservations required.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed February 20.>
Celebrating Alice Pomroy Kenan: Women Artists of Western New York
January 8-February 12, 2017
The Kenan Center kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration with its first exhibit of the new year honoring Alice Pomroy Kenan, wife of William R. Kenan, Jr., a wealthy Lockport businessman and philanthropist who left his 25-acre estate to be developed as a community center. The exhibit will feature work by five women artists: Barbara Fox, Kathleen Giles, Kathleen McDonnell, Coni Minneci, and Jody Ziehm.
One of the works in the show is a tromp l’oeil of Mrs. Kenan created by Coni Minneci. The piece, depicting Mrs. Kenan in her wedding dress, was designed to look like a photograph resting on a piece of antique lace. Minneci was inspired by the original photograph of Alice in her bridal finery. “Since she is the star of the exhibit, what better than to paint her in her wedding dress surrounded by more lace?,” said Minneci. “It was a huge challenge to paint everything as best I could. My intention was to please her and give her a smile.”
Jody Ziehm also took inspiration from Mrs. Kenan’s extensive fan collection to create a watercolor painting called, “Mrs. Kenan’s Fans.” Kathleen McDonnell chose scenes from the Kenan gardens to create two pastel works.
The exhibit continues through February 12. The Gallery will be closed January 16 and February 11. Gallery Hours: M-F, noon- 5 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 2-5 p.m.