An individual Kenan Center Membership is only $15 when you become a member of any of our Affiliate Groups. Call us at 433-2617 for details.
The Kenan Arts Council (KAC) is the oldest of the Center’s volunteer groups. It was formed in 1970 to provide volunteer service to the Kenan Center, assist in fundraising activities, and help promote art education and cultural activities in the community. The KAC meets in the Kenan Center House on the second Tuesday of each month, September and October, and January through May. Guest speakers and special programs are a part of each meeting.
The focus in November is the annual Holiday Gift Show held the weekend preceeding Thanksgiving. The three-day juried show features artisans from across Western New York and a cafe in the Greenhouse. With the proceeds from the Gift Show and the 100 American Craftsmen Lemonade and Brownie Stand, the Council grants three college scholarships to area high school students, and also funds special projects, equipment enhancements, and the Family Performance Series at the Kenan Center. See below for information on applying to the Holiday Gift Show. Please call 433-2617 for additional information.
Applying to the Kenan Arts Council Holiday Gift Show
If you’re interested in applying to the show, you must return an application along with a jurying fee, and be able to attend a one-day in-person jurying. Applications are typically available in early spring. New applicants are required to jury in person. (See the application for details.) To be added to mailing list for future shows, call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the application list.
Kenan Arts Council Programs
The Kenan Arts Council presents monthly programs that are free and open to the public and start at 12:15 pm unless otherwise noted. All programs take place following their monthly meetings, the second Tuesday of each month, in September and October; January-April,in the Kenan Center Taylor Theater Meeting Room, located behind the main Kenan House at 433 Locust Street. Ample free parking is available behind the theater.
Kenan Arts Council Scholarships
The Kenan Arts Council annually awards two college scholarships of $1,000 each to Niagara County high school students pursuing degrees in fine art, design, theater, or music. Applicants must meet high academic standards with a minimum high school average of 80%, and be involved in extracurricular and community activities. Applications are distributed through school guidance offices and the music and art departments after January.
Kenan Quilters’ Guild
The goal of the Kenan Quilters’ Guild is to preserve and promote the art of quilting. The group aims to enhance the art of quilting by sharing ideas, expertise, and fellowship among members. The Quilters’ Guild supports the Kenan Center by making an Opportunity Quilt each year, presenting a biennial Quilt Show in the Kenan Arena, and presenting other quilt-related programs and events throughout the community. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Taylor Theater Meeting Room and includes a program. Non-members are welcome to attend. Workshops are scheduled on Saturdays and run from 9 am-3 pm. Workshop fees are generally $10, but may be more for special instructors. Guild Members are given first consideration. Membership is $15 per year which includes a Guild newsletter. For more information, contact the Kenan Center Business Office at (716) 433-2617, or visit the Quilters’ Guild website at www.kenanquiltersguild.org.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS 2017. 9 AM-3 PM.
September 14: Portraits with Fabric with Jack Edson and business meeting.
October 12: Sewing with Curves with Marija Vujcic and business meeting.
November 9: Log Cabin Variations with Linda Davis and business meeting.
December 14: Christmas Party Pot Luck, 6:30 PM.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS 2018. 9 AM-3 PM.
January 11: Does the Fabric Make the Quilt? with Sue McKenna and business meeting.
February 8: Let’s Talk Deals with Barbara Huber and business meeting.
March 8: Birthday Party and business meeting.
April 12: Amish Culture, Customs & Crafts with Sally McCarthy and business meeting.
May 10: A Week with Ricky Tims with Penny Marble and business meeting.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS 2017. 9 AM-3 PM.
September 16: Portraits with Fabric with Jack Edson. Class size: 12. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Aug. 10.
October 14: Woven Wall Quilt with Marija Vujcic. Class size: 20. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Sept. 14.
November 11: Stockings for Soldiers & Sailors.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS 2018. 9 AM-3 PM.
January 13: Log Cabin Quilt with Linda Davis. Class size: 20. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Dec. 14.
February 10: Quilt As You Go Table Runner with Nancy Smith. Class size: 20. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Jan. 11.
March 10: Pin Cushion Box with Maureen Kielt. Class size: 20. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Feb. 8.
April 14: Stained Glass Wall/Window Hanging with Dorothy Glosser. Class size: 20. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Mar. 8.
May 12: Mini Rhapsody Quilt with Penny Marble. Class size: 20. Members $10; non-members $15. Deadline to guarantee seat, Apr. 12.
Kenan Quilter’s Guild Biennial Quilt Show, November 3-5
The Guild’s quilt show this year is titled, “The Artistry of Quilts.” The event will take place at the Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday, 11 AM-4 PM. Admission is $5. The featured artist is Gail Schweigert, a master of many mediums. More than 200 quilts from local quilters will be displayed, along with a Chinese auction, boutique, quilt appraisals, food court and door prizes. Local vendors as we well as those from across the state will be demonstrating techniques and selling their products.
ENTRY REGISTRATION. Members and non-members are welcome to enter quilts. download instructions and entry forms here. Entries are due September 15.
The Friends of the Kenan Herb Club was established in 1985. From its inception, the Club has offered a full range of programs and activities geared to those interested in herbal living. Workshops focus on a variety of herb-related subjects from culinary usage to herbal gift making. Members also enjoy tours to members’ gardens, businesses and educational facilities featuring herbal products and interests.
Club members work together for the Annual Spring Herb Plant Sale held during 100 American Craftsmen held at the Kenan Arena. They are also involved with the planting and maintenance of the Center’s herb garden.
Membership is $15.00 per year and includes a subscription to The Herbal Herald, the Club’s newsletter. For more information, contact the Kenan Center Business Office at (716) 433-2617.