NORTH TONAWANDA —
Here is presented an exhibit of art discretely packaged for consumption, somehow symptomatic of modern times, yet exactly right for modern times. It somehow is not where you expect to find it, in a storefront on a block not known for its artwork; in a way it’s exactly where it should be.
In preparation for its bottle art exhibit, the place has been swept clear of its previous project, art classes for the ages 2-to-12 crowd. Little canvases, little sponges, pastel chalk, squishy things.
The impresario, Brown, 25, is a North Tonawanda resident and product of North Tonawanda High School, Niagara County Community College and Buffalo State College’s art history curriculum.
“In graduate school they recommend you be specific (in a course of study). I chose museum studies,” Brown said. Hence, an art gallery of her own.
“It’s the best feeling, putting on art events, allowing artists to be exposed to an audience. The audience can really experience an artist’s work here. Sometimes I spread myself thin, but the outcomes are so worth it,” Brown explained.
Brown’s work, and those of her featured artists, offers a glimpse into how to succeed, 21st century-style, in a cauldron of creativity and commerce, as competitive as sport or Wall Street. The artist can create on a canvas as small as the several square inches of a bottle label, and develop not just the picture but the entire label, down to the surgeon general’s warning and the five-cent-deposit details, if necessary. The outlet for display comes from the visionary who wants to run a gallery, so she creates a gallery instead of awaiting a chance opportunity to land a low-level curatorial job somewhere. There is just no stopping some people.
Project 308 Gallery keeps erratic hours, but will be open most evenings this week, as well as the morning and afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 7 for the Downtown Merchants Association of North Tonawanda’s “Webster Winter Walk.” Call 523-0068 for details.
IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Buffalo Brewed and Bred, beer label designs by Michelle Maggard" • WHEN: Through Wednesday • WHERE: Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda • MORE INFORMATION: Call 523-0068. ••• • WHAT: "Thoughtful Fermentations, Wine Label Desgins by Kristy Carroll" • WHEN: Saturday through Dec. 9 • WHERE: Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda • MORE INFORMATION: Call 523-0068.