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WNY artists from the Bruce Allen Blair Collection

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Local artist and art collector Bruce Allen Blair has a large variety of work from his personal collection on exhibit at The Harold L. Olmsted Gallery until June 1.

The exhibit features WNY artists and work from members of his family. Both of Blair’s parents were well-known area artists.

“Collecting art has been a passion of mine since the 1970s. I have been especially intrigued with the quality and versatility of the artists of our region,” Blair.

Bruce’s father, Robert Noel Blair, was a prolific Western New York artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker and teacher. He is best known for his rural life, desert landscapes and World War II scenes. He has painted throughout Western New York, Maine, Vermont, the American Southwest, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the Virgin Islands.

His paintings are noted for their range of color, fluidity and movement. He is nationally known for his watercolors, but also worked in oils, pen and ink, sculpture, acrylics and drawing.

Bruce’s mother, Jeanette Ann Blair, was a watercolorist who devoted herself to painting fresh unspoiled landscapes. Intimate not just with her medium but with her subject, it is evident that she appreciated and understood the nature that surrounded her.

Many of her landscapes were painted on site in the environs near her home in Holland, NY. With a broad treatment and ample strokes her work presents a balance between painterly spontaneity and impressionistic detail.

Bruce Allen Blair is a Western New York artist known for his landscape paintings in watercolor and acrylic. Blair studied at the Art Institute of Boston, Mass., from 1970-73, and also with his father. His career mainly focused on the Western New York area and his first solo show was held in 1971 in Springville.

He continued to exhibit extensively throughout the 1970s and ‘80s in and around the Western New York region as well as participating in various national exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wyoming and Arizona. He has won numerous awards for his work and is a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists.

Other artists in this exhibit include Julia Bogacki, Malcolm MacVicor Bonney, Martha Burchfield, Catherine Burchfield Parker, Don Burns, Mary Carrol, William Cooper, Tom Coyne, Doreen Cutting, Joan Fitzgerald, George Grace, Mildred Green, Dana Hachet, Margaret Hart, Rixford Jennings, Richard Kaltenbach, Catherine Koenig, Hugh Laidman, Jean MacKay Henrich, Earl Martin, Margaret M. Martin, John Mielcarek, Fran Noonan, Evelyn Notman Underwood, Joseph Orffeo, David Foster Pratt, Michael Pratt, Walter Prochownik, El Razzaz, Jonathan Rogers, Susan Rudnicky, Linda Toomey, Louis Vastola, James Vullo, John Wade Jr., Wendy Warner, Susan Webb Tregey, Norma Werich, Joseph Whalen, Gene Witkowski, Gary Wolf, John Yerger  and Theodora Zastempowski.

The free opening reception will be held on April 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. While refreshments are served, Blair and some of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance.

The Olmsted Gallery is located inside Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo St., Springville. 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.

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