John Merlino Exhibit April 18-June 2

A wide range of artistic expression will be featured on the walls of the Harold L. Olmsted Gallery from April 18 to June 2. An exhibit entitled “Reflection of Nature and Spirit” by John Merlino will feature realist pieces in oil and watercolor, as well as mixed media collage and abstract work. A resident of Eden, New York Merlino has exhibited in many WNY areas and won several awards.

“I have been involved with the arts for many years, probably ever since I

could pick up a pencil and draw. While still very young I was able to

commute to Buffalo from my home in Eden to attend weekly classes studying

under Anthony Sisti in his studio and also attending classes at the Albright

Knox,” explains Merlino. He studied Art History at Daemen college with an emphasis on human figure drawing and painting. He is a member in the Buffalo Society of Artists, Centennial Art Center of Hamburg and Western New York Artist Group.

In addition to his exhibit, Merlino is offering a four-part workshop featuring his dry brush technique. The method involves applying a wash, sketching the object of composition, then layering the paint with the dry brush technique. Dry Brush Watercolor will be held on Saturday, April 21, 28, and May 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. The class is open to all skill levels. Some painting experience is helpful. The cost is $60 for all four classes, $52 for SCA members. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Register by calling (716) 592-9038. The sessions will be held in the Vacanti Classroom, Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo Street, Springville, NY.

The free opening reception for this exhibit will take place on May 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Harold L. Olmsted Gallery is located inside Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo Street, Springville, NY 14141. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Songwriter’s Showcase April 20

Nick Kody returns to Springville Center for the Arts to host an informal evening where performers strip down their sound and share the stories behind their songs. On April 20th at 7:30 p.m. Nick will be joined by Grace Lougen, Davey O. and Jaimie Lee.

Nick Kody is a singer and songwriter from West Valley. He is a multi-instrumentalist, primarily self-taught, playing guitar, mandolin, bass, and harmonica. Influenced by a wide range of Rock, Blues and Country music, Kody offers a unique and diverse interpretation of the Americana genre through both his recorded work and live performances.

Grace Lougen is a guitar player and songwriter from Buffalo. Lougen performs a variety of music including Blues, Soul, Funk, and Rock. She is active in the Buffalo music scene performing with local bands every week. Lougen toured Norway in 2016 as lead guitarist for the band Freightrain, and traveled with Joan Baez as a guitar technician on both a European and US tour. She has also provided technical support for The Indigo Girls.

Buffalo’s Davey O. has been recognized on a national level for his past two CD releases with multiple honors among the “best of“ lists of several Folk & Roots radio stations, and as a 2013 New Folk Finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Davey has also earned the respect of his peers for his incredible work ethic, performing between 120 – 140 dates per year, and for his constant dedication to the art of song craft.

Jaimie Lee grew up in North Carolina, her musical influences early on were Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Jim Croce, and Ingrid Michaelson among others. Jaimie Lee is now located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York and her Americana/Folk/Pop style puts a unique twist on cover songs while her original songs are clever, thought provoking, and sometimes humorous.

Nick Kody, Grace Lougen, Davey O. & Jaimie Lee perform their original songs acoustically “in the round” while also sharing the stories and inspiration behind them in a casual setting. Tickets can be purchased by calling (716) 592-9038 or at