By Phil Dzikiy
The Buffalo Society of Artists is reaching out.
The society — made up of roughly 250 Western New York artists — will open its 113th Annual Catalogue Exhibition on Sunday at Lockport’s Kenan Center. The Catalogue Exhibition is the society’s big show each year, but this year, the show’s juror isn’t a fellow local.
Gregory M. Wittkopp, director of the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., served as juror for the show. Wittkopp’s participation marks an effort by the society to expand its artists’ works to a larger audience, said Beth Pedersen, the show’s chairperson and the BSA’s current vice president.
“This is our first reach,” Pedersen said. “(Wittkopp) was selected because of reputation...Cranbrook is very well known.”
This was also the first year that all BSA members attempting to enter the show were required to upload digital images of their work prior to being selected, another step toward “moving into the 21st century,” Pedersen said.
But as Pederson noted, “nothing replaces looking at the physical work.” The Catalogue Exhibition brings 80 works by 64 artists to the Kenan Center, selected by Wittkopp from a pool of 156 separate works.
In a released statement, Wittkopp said, “I ultimately was looking for work that has a ‘spark’ in it — perhaps a thought provoking gesture in the content of a figurative work or an exquisite juxtaposition of shape or color in an abstract work — that sustains my attention during repeated viewings.”
Such works will be found in all types of media at the exhibition.
“What (visitors) will see is a broad range of paintings and printmaking, photography, some sculpture,” Pedersen said. “It will be a fun, informal, casual thing.”
s“It’s a diverse group in terms of age,” she said. “Most of the artists are pretty professional...many are either teaching or have taught, but then we do have those people who are basically self-taught. A number of those people, that is their sole source of income.”
Pedersen also noted that some of the work at the exhibition will be for sale.
While the BSA is reaching out to Michigan to find its juror, the society is also reaching out to the public. Society member Fotini Renzoni will be offering guided tours of the exhibition from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8.
The BSA Catalogue Exhibition rotates between sites in Western New York. Last year, the annual exhibition was held at Art Dialogue Gallery in Buffalo. Next year, it’ll be moving to the Castellani Art Museum, according to Pedersen. The show’s award winners will be announced at the 2 p.m. opening reception Sunday.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Buffalo Society of Artists 113th Annual Catalogue Exhibition
WHEN: Opening reception 2-5 p.m. Sunday, gallery tours 2:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8, exhibition runs through Nov. 15
WHERE: Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport
MORE INFORMATION: Call 433-2617 or visit kenancenter.org
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