Tonawanda News — It’s been a long, gloomy Western New York winter ... but inside Gleam & Glimmer Glass Studio, owner Suzanne Todaro was working on a piece of spring.
In preparation for the studio’s first appearance at the upcoming Buffalo Home Show, set for Friday through March 9 and March 14 to 16 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Todaro created two 11-by-32-inch stained glass panels to catch the eye, all greens and blues and iridescent dragonflies against a yellow sun. The booth in the Garden Market section of the show will also feature stained glass bird houses, dragonflies, butterflies, hummingbirds, bumblebees and other colorful items.
“We thought we’d give it a shot,” she said of the home show, which is marking its 70th year in 2014. “I’m excited.”
This years’s Buffalo Home Show will feature more than 280 exhibitors, from purveyors of art items such as Gleam & Glimmer to those who focus on construction, renovation, interior design, roofing, windows, kitchens, recreational items and more, as well as competitions, seminars and displays of many kinds. Many of the participants hail from the Niagara Region, from newcomers such as Gleam & Glimmer to relatively long-time exhibitors such as Frank’s Basement Systems and Alden Pools and Play.
Another newcomer to the show will be Lewiston artist and art therapist Katie Foley, who owns Creekside Art & Pottery.
“It’s probably the biggest show I’ve done,” said Foley, who also teaches art and pottery classes and also does custom work. “I’m nervously excited.
“You never know. ... At things like this, people are more coming for ideas. I’m hoping they’re still buying.”
Foley has been working on many different items for the show, including bird feeders, bird houses and herb and plant garden tiles, as well as more indoor items such as vases and vanity collections. Her work features a lot of bright, intense colors, she said, and she tries to make it both fun and functional.