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March 15, 2014

Project 308 Gallery highlights artists

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Tonawanda News — Founded by University at Buffalo graduate student Natalie Brown, the gallery opened its first show back in August of 2012. What started out as a project for school turned into her life’s work.

“At the end of school we had to do a project based on remaking something from the 70s,” Brown, 26, said. “Art galleries and shows were a big thing in the 70s so I thought I would do that.”

It was Brown’s professor who encouraged her to move the idea from just a college project to a real gallery.

“For a project we were allowed to do whatever we want and I turned it into a career move,” Brown said. “I never thought I’d have a gallery but I am very glad I do.”

Project 308 Gallery has showcased a variety of art styles and subjects even featuring classes and workshops in other mediums in the year and a half since its opening.

Kohler started off finding friends and students from UB to exhibit at the gallery and now she has artists coming to her to exhibit or finding local talent at shows and events. It was at one of these art fairs where she found Kohler.

“I met Natalie at Winterfest in Amherst,” Kohler said. “I was packing up my exhibit and she asked to see some of my work. Then she asked me if I wanted to exhibit at her gallery.”

The gallery has held 35 shows since its opening with everything from photography, sculptures and multimedia artworks on display to dance classes.

The next show will be a Terrarium Workshop taught by Sara Johnson, founder of Sylvatica Terrariums at 7 p.m. March 22. 

And beginning April 11, artist Matthew Palmo will present his “Indicatorart” show consisting of abstract oil paintings on canvas. 

“I am really excited about the show in April,” Brown said, who met Palmo at a juried art show at the downtown library and the two had wanted to work together ever since.

“The point of having the gallery is to expose artists and allow them to sell their work.”

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