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BSA Members open new gallery on Hertel
Nov 23rd, 2012

"Community in a Gallery"
1209 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, New York
(716) 768-3805 /

The New Kid on the Block

Hertel Avenue has an exciting new addition to its many stores, restaurants, antique shops, and galleries. Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Avenue, formerly occupied by Chateau Buffalo and Buffalo Hardwood, will be celebrating its Preview Opening Wednesday November 28, 6-9 and its Grand Opening/Open House on December 1 from 1-9.

The opening will feature the work of some of Buffalo's finest artists: Arthur Barnes, Gary Wolfe, Priscilla Bowen, Norine Spurling, Ann Gunderman, John O'Reilly, Beth Pedersen, Rita Argen Auerbach, Joe Delmonte, and gallery partners Nancy Mariani and George Grace; with sculptures by Patrick Delmonte, Rose Popper, David Vitrano, Marissa Lehner, and Ann Gunderman. It will also carry gift items by Michael Morgulis, Beth Delmonte and poetry books by Lynn Ciesielski, George Grace, Sara Ries, and other local writers. Music at the opening will be provided by blues-jazz keyboardist Ann Philipone, singer-songwriter Michael Sheffield, and the Lancaster High School Music Ensemble. The general public is cordially invited to attend.

In keeping with our motto, Community in a Gallery, this multi-use space will also host the Bad Pudding Writers Group, now in its fifth year, on alternate Tuesdays, and will conduct poetry, short fiction, play-readings; art and writing classes and workshops; and arts symposia throughout the year. On alternate Wednesdays, the Gallery will feature many of Buffalo's premiere songwriters in a coffeehouse setting. Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming events.

The Gallery was formed as a partnership between Buffalo Society of Artists members Nancy Clarke Mariani, chair of the Lancaster High School Art department, and playwright/poet/visual artist George Grace. Joining them in this dynamic new venture are former Common Council candidate/Niagara District Chief of Staff /community organizer Donna Grace, and former Carroll Shelby sales manager/real estate investor Nelson Clarke, both of whom bring their considerable sales and marketing skills to the Gallery.