On Saturday, June 8, vacant and underutilized buildings will be transformed into a public art initiative known as “Art on Oliver Street.” This initiative, led by Lumber City Development Corporation and the Oliver Street Merchants Association, aims to beautify the Oliver Street corridor, promote walkability, and bring attention to many of the unique buildings on Oliver Street.
Over 50 Western New York artists submitted for the project, and pieces were selected by a panel made up of members from the local arts community. Thirty- one pieces of varying media have been reproduced and will be on display in storefront windows on Oliver Street between Thompson and Wheatfield streets. In addition to the Art in the Windows project, a mural designed and painted by well-known muralist Chuck Tingley will be completed on the side of a building at the corner of Oliver and 1st streets.
“This project will assist us in meeting our revitalization goals for the Oliver Street corridor, as well as enhancing the local business community,” Laura Bernsohn, planning and development specialist at Lumber City Development Corporation, said.
Attendees can enjoy live music, refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres from 1–4 p.m. June 8, at Project 308 Art Gallery (308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda) for an art walk and reception event. This event will feature a gallery show of submitted pieces, an opportunity to meet the artists, sales of original pieces as well as guided walking tours of the windows.
Funding for this project has been provided by the OATH Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County and is a collaborative effort between Lumber City Development Corporation, Donna Braun, Second Ward alderwoman; Lisa Langer of River Art Gallery & Gifts, Joan Horn of Partners in Art, Amy Sileo of Sherwood Florist, the DHU Strand Theater, and the Oliver Street Merchants Association.