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Exhibits, classes and workshops fill the calendar at Enjoy the Journey

Feb 27, 2016 | Arts & Culture

A brand new exhibit, “Buffalo Alive,” kicks off a busy schedule of events throughout March and April at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

When you think of Buffalo, what comes to mind? Is it the architecture, beaches, sports, windmills, theater, waterways, public art, Larkinville, Allentown, Silo City or Canalside? “Buffalo Alive” asks the artists to answer this question. An opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, and this unique exhibit will be on display from March 9 through April 2.

“Buffalo Alive” is open to all artists and mediums. Artists must create artwork that best represents the Buffalo area to them. Buffalo has so much to offer, so create your statement and think outside of the box! A prospectus available at http://etjgallery.com/calls-for-work.

A “Meet the Authors” event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Cassandra Carr, Ron Chapman and Wendi  Starusnak – three authors who write creative fiction — would love to introduce themselves and their works to you! Joining the fun will be Carl and Susie Schmitter of Chateau Buffalo Ciderhouse & Winery with a special wine-tasting during your visit.

Turning to classes, Celtic Inspirations in Zentangles with artist Kelly Barone will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Guests will learn how to make amazing Celtic-inspired tangles as well as some Celtic knots to create beautiful Zentangle art and show off their inner Irish! Tiles are included in your class fee of $35, as well as several other goodies, but you’ll want to bring your mini kit of basic supplies.

Mono Printing Without a Press – Using Gelli Plates with artist Walter S. Mayo is offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 15 and 22. Using acrylic paints and Gelli plates, participants will make mono prints using various mixed media, stamps and creativity. These mono prints can be used in card making, collage, fine art prints and just about any artistic activity. The cost is $60, or $55 for gallery members.

Introduction to Pastels with artist Sharon Schasel will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 16 and 23. Are you looking for a new medium to challenge your creativity? Do you like to draw? Then you will love pastels! Participants will learn about different papers and types of pastels, and how to handle them. If you’ve never used them before, this class will give you the basics to start your love affair with pastels. The cost is $60, or $50 for gallery members.

Alcohol Inks with artist Vicki Oliver is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 13 and 20. Explore the beauty of alcohol inks, create beautiful one-of-a-kind patterns on tiles, and create a pair of earrings and a pendent too! The cost is $60, plus a $5 lab fee.

Zendola Class with artist Kelly Barone will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7. This is a fun and very relaxing class with tools and supplies you can pack up and take anywhere! Zendolas are a hybrid of a Mandala Circle and Zentangle Art. Zentangle 101 is a pre-requisite for advanced classes, and the cost is $40

Career Development for Artists with Gerald Mead meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. Mead, a noted artist, independent curator and art collector, will discuss strategies for getting broader exposure for you and your artwork through exhibition opportunities, networking and promotion. Please bring a notebook and pen to the workshop. The cost is $20.

A Colored Pencil Class with artist Deborah Richter will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 26, May 3 and 10. Richter will assist you with the work you have decided to create, whether it’s a landscape, still life, portrait, etc. Please bring Prisma color pencils, a pencil sharpener, photos with strong light and shadows, and scrap mat board if you have any. For beginners to experienced artists, the cost is $80, or $70 for gallery members.

Wine, Women & Art with artist Andrea Oswald takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Enjoy a girl’s night out with friends, coworkers, bridal parties, book clubs, etc. while painting two wine glasses, sipping wine and enjoying tasty goodies with friends. You must pre-register for this evening of fun!

For more information on any of these classes or events, please call 675-0204, email in**@et********.com or visit www.etjgallery.com. You can also follow the gallery on Facebook for frequent updates.

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