Buffalo (NY) – Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) has partnered with Benjaman Gallery and the Louise Simon Schoene collection to present Vital Nature:Burchfield at BCAT. Utilizing several prominent collections of fine art Benjaman Gallery Director, Emily Tucker has curated an exhibition which explores the rich tradition of watercolor painting in Western New York. This important regional genre was pioneered by Charles Ephriam Burchfield. Part of the artist's amazing legacy has been left in the hands of other artists he taught and inspired. Amongst this long list are Charles Burchfield's own children and grandchildren. His daughters Martha Burchfield Richter and Catherine Burchfield Parker, and his granddaughter Peggy Richter, each became professional watercolorists. All three women found their own voice while still being clearly connected to the techniques and boundary pushing begun by the family patriarch. BCAT is thrilled to host a unique exhibition and fundraiser which celebrates this incredible history and examines the unifying characteristics of the dynamic works of the Burchfield family.
Vital Nature will feature a selection of Charles Burchfield paintings and drawings which have never before been shown in a commercial venue, but rather hung in museum exhibitions. This will be the first time these works will be available for sale to the public. Also on view will be 6 Martha Burchfield Richter paintings, from the Louise Simon Schoene Collection, which were used in the set design of the film Marshall.
One of the key components of this exhibition is its’ engagement with BCAT Students. BCAT Youth Program staff put together an incredible program to accompany the important historical works on display. BCAT students visited the Burchfield Penney Art Center where they had a special tour with Museum Education Manager Mary Kozub, and time to sketch. Following their museum experience local artist Sandy Ludwig conducted a watercolor tutorial and then the students set off to create their own unique works. The results have been extremely successful and a selection of these pieces will be exhibited alongside original paintings and drawings by Charles, Martha, Catherine and Peggy, generously provided by Benjaman Gallery and the Louise Simon Schoene Collection.
There are two unique opportunities to view this exhibition inside the Amber M. Dixon gallery at BCAT. Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM Emily Tucker, Zachary P. Schneider and honorary chair Louise Simon Schoene will host a ticketed gala fundraiser for BCAT. A $250 donation includes two event tickets and the choice from one of six Burchfield prints (valued at $250 each). A portion of all fine art sold as well as all proceeds from ticket sales will go to BCAT programs assisting youth and adults to create their own bright new future. Wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by The Roycroft Inn with desserts served by B Sweet Designs.
The BCAT Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and students thank Kaleida Health, KeyBank, ECMC, The Buffalo News, The Copy Store and RP Oak Hill Building Company for their support of these events.
The exhibition will also be free and open to the public for Allentown First Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm. Additional hours for viewing are during school hours Monday through Friday, 9am