Tonawanda News


August 15, 2013

Art on Oliver

New NT fest is vision of Project 308 gallery founder


Tonawanda News — “I can’t believe how much her gallery has grown, has many showings she has now,” Marranca said of Brown. “It’s wonderful, what she’s bringing to the community. It’s brightening up Oliver Street a little more, making it a place to be.

“She’s really making art accessible to everyone. She wants everyone to enjoy art.”

It seems to run in the family. Natalie Brown’s father, Paul Brown, was the originator of an art festival that took place on the street back in the mid to late 2000s. Now, he’s helping his daughter with the logistics of such an event, she said.

“He’s always been a big supporter of the arts,” she said. “I’m kind of using his ideas, and adding my own flair to it.”

Artist Tracy McGehee of North Tonawanda, who took part in those earlier shows, said she was pleased when she learned an art festival was returning to Oliver. 

“I thought, ‘I wish something like that would happen in North Tonawanda again.’ It’s so good for the community and the artists,” she said. “I love art and I love the idea of the whole festival atmosphere. It’s nice, music and food and people talking to you about your art.”

McGehee’s watercolor and acrylic paintings will be on display and for sale Saturday, but she said festivals are good for artists in more than just that obvious way.

“It’s a wonderful way to spend the entire day,” she said. “I love to look at other people’s art. I love to look at other people’s styles.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: North Tonawanda Art Festival • WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday • WHERE: Oliver Street, between Schenk Street and Robinson Road • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Project 308 at

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @JillKeppeler.

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