The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center will host the 10th annual "Beyond the Barrel Art Exhibition" June 21-Aug 24.
This event will feature more than 100 works by 30-plus regional artists, in a variety of mediums, a solo exhibit of the art of Violet Gordon, and a special display of photography featuring the beauty of Niagara.
"Beyond the Barrel" has grown from being a small display of artwork in a former cafeteria to one of the area's best art shows. The exhibit attracts both artists and collectors to the former high school turned fine art gallery. This year, the exhibit hosts sculpture from Susan Geissler, creator of the Tuscarora Heroes Monument; art by Kath Schifano, Ylli Haruni and Bill Hines; as well as fine art photography from Lenore Pawlowski, Tim Maloney and Louie Zaninovich.
The event has also been chosen to be the rollout of the much-anticipated regional art project "Barrel Though Niagara," with an unveiling of the first completed sculpture by Cindy Sanchez. These barrel-inspired sculptures will be placed throughout Niagara County in a show of regional pride similar to the display of bison in Buffalo.
The judges for this year's event will be three of the leader's in the Niagara art community: Marian Granfield, Jay Carrier and Gary Wolfe.
Granfield is director of art history with Museum Studies. She served as curator of education at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University for the past nine years. She was also one of the original founders of the "Beyond the Barrel Exhibit" 10 years ago.
Carrier is a renowned artist who has been a resident of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center since its beginnings. Many of his thought-provoking multimedia art pieces can be found in private collections, as well as in public displays. He was one of the original participants in the first "Beyond the Barrel."
Wolfe is a contemporary artist and past-president of the Buffalo Society of Artists. He is known for his exceptional artistic skill and his ability to convey vulnerability and human dignity though art. Wolfe's artwork has been shown in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Ann Arbor, Buffalo, Rochester and other cities in the Northeast.
The opening reception for the "Beyond the Barrel Art Exhibition" will take place on Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NACC, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. It will feature music, food and wine along with the opportunity to meet some of the area's finest artists.
"Beyond the Barrel" will be open to the public at no charge from June 21 to Aug. 24 during regular gallery hours: weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the NACC at 716-282-7530 or visit www.thenacc.org.