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ART EXHIBIT BY GEORGE GRACE AND NANCY CLARKE MARIANI
NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 29, 2017

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 18, 2-4pm in the Lippman Lounge (adjacent to gallery)

The two local WNY artists, and the co-owners of the former Meridan West Art Gallery on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY, are combining their talents and sharing exhibit space. 

George Grace is a former four-time President of the Buffalo Society of Artists. He has exhibited in many regional and national exhibitions, written articles for Pastel Journal and Art Calendar, and juried and curated numerous festivals and exhibitions, including Allentown, East Aurora, Lancaster, Evans, and Williamsville. His other endeavors in the arts include three books of published poetry (two more in the process); playwriting (six plays written; five staged) and several published short stories. In 1984 he started what is now the second-longest-running reading program in WNY, the Circleformance Literature/Music series. He is currently writing the history of the Buffalo Society of Artists, now in its 126th year.

Mr. Grace practices neorealism in his art. Drawing from the major influences of the "Civilized Landscapes" of George Inness, and tracing an aesthetic lineage through Hopper and early Burchfield, Grace, in 1996, coined the term "technoluminism," or light of technology, to describe much of his work. He believes that the blend of the fixed and exacting light of technology (incandescent; fluorescent; mercury/sodium vapor; neon), intermingled with the evanescent light of the sun and moon, plus the precise lines of human construct against a flowing or amorphous background of natural shapes, carries the potential to not only create great compositional drama, but also mark the time in which the art was conceived.

Nancy Clarke Mariani is a Lancaster, New York, High School Art Teacher and the K-12 Art Department Chairperson for the Lancaster School District. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has participated in several international & national Pastel Exhibitions. 

Mariani mainly works in Soft Pastel, her niche is everyday working people as her subjects and her work is primarily photo- realism. She will be exhibiting a variety of figurative, landscapes and still-life work in this show, along with a few oil paintings.

A exhibiting member of the Fine Arts League of Buffalo and an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Mariani also holds the office of Educational Chairperson on the BSA board and is a proud member on the board of the Lancaster Opera House, in Lancaster, New York.


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