Four from Lockport take home awards in art exhibit
They were Robert Rimmer, who received an Honorable Mention for his color pencil drawing “Rush: Hot Air Buffoon,” Dennis Stierer for a platinum/pallidum print titled “Filling of the Barge Canal, Lockport, NY,” Joseph Whalen, who received an Award of Excellence for his oil painting, “Baroom Chanteusee” and Manning McCandlish, who received the Juror’s Choice Purchase Award for her watercolor “Iris on the Bank.”
The Whalen Family also donates an award each year for best realism in drawing, which went to Kelsey Merkle from Clarence Center, who also captured the award in 2010 as a recent high school graduate.
Other awardees were Joan Saba of Buffalo, Best of Show, Barbara Mink formally of Buffalo now living in Ithaca and David Vitrano of Buffalo, both recipients of Awards of Excellence and Priscilla Bowen of Buffalo, Honorable Mention.
Since 1967, the Kenan Center’s Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit has provided a forum for significant new works by artists from the Niagara region. The juried show features a variety of media including oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, photography, pen and ink, charcoal and 3-dimensional sculpture.
Juror for the show was Gerald Mead, an independent curator, art collector and arts writer who teaches in the Design Department at Buffalo State College. Mead is an authority on Western New York and a former longtime curator of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center where he organized more than 130 art and design exhibitions. In his juror’s statement, Mead praised the diversity of the works in the show.
“While the forms of expression may vary in this exhibition, the level of excellence and standards of professionalism remain high,” said Mead. “The strengths of eclectic exhibitions such as the biennial NFAE are their diversity and the fact that they honor the innovation, ingenuity and dedication of the artists whose work they contain.”
The exhibit continues through Aug. 31. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Sponsors of the 2012 Kenan Center Gallery exhibits are M & T Bank, the Grigg-Lewis Foundation and the Randleigh Foundation.
For more information call 433-2617 or go to www.kenancenter.org.