The Buffalo Society of Artists entered 2017 with enthusiasm and a flurry of activity. Reading the E-Flashes reminds us all that BSA members have had an exciting start to this year. Congratulations to Brenda Molloy on the amazing works that were the backdrop for the play Dead Man’s Cell Phone presented at the Castellani Art Museum. Gary Wolfe continues to amaze us with his paintings. Gary received notification that his work Ensemble was accepted into the Burchfield Penney’s Permanent Collection. Richard Christian exhibited at the Paula Art House, a venue which has featured exhibitions of many of our members’ work. Cornelia Dohse-Peck exhibited her work at the Carnegie Art Center during February. The Kenan House Gallery’s exhibit Celebrating Alice Pomroy: Women Artists of Western New Yorkincluded members Kathleen McDonnell, Coni Minneci, Jody Ziehm, and Barbara Fox. E-Flashes remind everyone of the collective talents and creative energy of this organization. Congratulations to everyone!

An enormous thank you to Tim Brooks, our new Exhibition Chair and Vice President, who stepped into this role with expertise and energy. He began work on the 2017 Spring Exhibition at mid-point and quickly moved forward with great success. The Kenan House staff’s help was invaluable as was Jan Agati-Abbarno and Karen Foegen who assisted with the work drop off. We appreciate those members who generously brought something to delight our taste buds adding to the reception’s success. Roberta Bolt’s program design wonderfully described this exhibition. Congratulations to all of the award recipients. They are listed elsewhere in this newsletter. A special congratulations to all whose work was accepted in this show.

When BSA members gather at the receptions for our exhibitions we socialize with old friends, meet new ones and often remember past friends. As part of the BSA Spring Exhibition, the Kenan asked if we would like to have a special exhibit in Mrs. Kenan’s room upstairs. The Board decided that it was appropriate to have a Tribute Exhibition of members who recently passed. Family, friends and collectors were contacted, and after memories of these wonderful and talented people were shared, they graciously loaned the precious work. This Tribute Exhibition was made possible by generous loans from Russell Melcarek, Bruce Blair, Russell Ram, George Grace, Gerald Mead, Margaret Haug- Chiebowski, Gary Wolfe, Beth Pedersen, Donna lovero, Janice Agati-Abbarno, Rosemary Rizzo, and The Art Dialogue Gallery. As artists we sometimes forget that our visions and creations live beyond us. The success of this small exhibition has encouraged BSA to plan for more Tribute Exhibitions.

I would like to offer a special thanks to George Grace who recently resigned from the Board. His time and energies have been greatly appreciated. But, although George will not be a part of the BSA Board, he will be devoting his talents, expertise and time to a very special project which will be revealed in the next few months.

Over the next few months the Board will be moving forward with many plans and activities. As information is updated it will be shared on the website, newsletter, the new Update, E-Flashes, Facebook and Twitter. Please keep in touch with everyone by using the E Flashes to share and promote your exhibitions and other announcements. The new Update, a very short version of the newsletter and published between them, can be used for your teaching activities, opportunities, exhibitions, workshops or competitions. The newsletter can be used for lengthier articles about exhibitions, awards, publications and a variety of other things. We are grateful to Bunny Leighton for sending important information to our members who do not use the internet.

Thank you to the current members of the Board, and to those Board members who are still transitioning out of their responsibilities and are generously helping their successors.

It’s always possible that I’ve forgotten to acknowledge someone for his or her accomplishment. Please know that all of our hard work as artists and as BSA members is important and greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

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