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Photography Exhibits Announced at the Botanical Gardens

Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host three photography exhibits in their Arcangel Gallery this fall and winter.  Jerome Bianchi’s exhibit, Fruits and Flowers, will be on display October 20 through November 18, the South Towns Camera Club’s exhibit, celebrates Nature in Fall and Winter and will run November 23 through January 13 and the Botanical Gardens’ Art Students present Lumagination in Watercolor from January 19 through February 24.

Jerome Bianchi’s exhibit, Fruits and Flowers, will be on display October 20 through November 18. “My exhibit’s focus is a variety of fruit and flower images, with a few insects, that have been generally fashioned using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography,” said Bianchi.  He incorporates this technique to create an artistic digital image that takes on a life of its own rather than trying to capture an actual scene.  By working in this manner the outcomes are unpredictable but always exciting.  Bianchi’s photography is a very special combination of technical skills and artistic perception.  His goal is to make a photographic statement that provokes the viewer to reflect on what they see, and if they can relate to it. There is an element of Photoshop in all of his images. 

Celebrating Nature in Fall and Winter is a collection of Award Winning photographs by members of the South Towns Camera Club.  The inspired collection of photographs in this exhibit captures the sublime beauty of fall, winter and the Botanical Gardens.  The South Towns Camera Club welcomes all photo enthusiasts, from beginning novices to experienced photographers. Founded in 1979, the South Towns Camera Club is renowned for excellent photography and a friendly, fun atmosphere.  Meetings are held at the Hamburg Community Center from September to May. Visitors are always welcome. For more information on the South Towns Camera Club, visit stcc.photoclubservices.com.

The Botanical Gardens’ Art Students present Lumagination in Watercolor from January 19 through February 24 in the Arcangel Gallery.  Joan Saba, an award winning art instructor teaches the Botanical Gardens’ art classes and she works directly with the students to jury a cohesive and exciting collection of artwork for this exhibit. Each piece will be different and will consist of paintings and multi-media works from individual students.  The exhibit is inspired by Lumagination and will showcase the Botanical Gardens flooded with color and light.

Each exhibit will be open daily from 10am-5pm and are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission, $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID), $6 for kids 3-12 and Botanical Gardens’ members and kids two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

The Arcangel Gallery opened in 2010 and is named after local man, Brent D. Arcangel. Arcangel grew up in Western New York and was passionate about the diversity and quality of life he knew there.  He believed in “giving life your very best every day” and was a beacon of light to those who knew him.  After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University at Buffalo, his life ended tragically in a car accident caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.  The Arcangel Gallery was donated by Brent’s parents, Wayne D. and Corrine Arcangel of Hamburg, NY, as a tribute to him, and to remind us all to celebrate life. The Arcangel Gallery displays photography and/or artwork, from local artists that reflects first, the Botanical Gardens, its horticulture residents, nature in general, Western New York life and local architecture.

Use #ArcangelGallery and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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