Horizons Gallery
Horizons Gallery

Located in the foyer of WNED | WBFO Studios, Horizons Gallery proudly showcases the work of student and professional artists from Western New York and Southern Ontario. We are delighted to share the talents of local artists, schools and organizations with our many visitors and guests.
For information on gallery availability please contact Heather Hare hhare@wned.org.

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Plough & Allen Exhibition | October 16 - November 29

WNED’s Horizons Gallery will feature painter Todd S. Plough and photographer Darlene Allen through Dec. 6. The two artists have decorated the gallery with their works that both come from different places within the artists.

“I was inspired by Claude Monet and how he used colors,” said Plough. Plough’s interest in nocturne paintings was also an inspiration in his work. Monet had a quote in which he said ‘I’ve always like nocturnes, but I couldn’t find the colors.’ So I said, I’ll show you!”

Allen’s photographs are inspired by her background in healing arts and her ability to find peacefulness.

“It’s a moment in meditation,” said Allen. “When I’m taking photographs, it’s ‘my time’. And it’s as if everything is standing still.”

Many of Plough’s paintings have been crowned with antique frames in which both Plough and Allen admit that the frames are as much as a story as the paintings themselves.

As the frames and art have their stories, this exhibition will be a chance for the viewer to create their own.

“When you look at art, it should be a private moment,” said Plough. “Just the viewer gets to be there. It’s just you and no one else.”

While the show will be a chance for the viewer to create their own experience, the art itself will have come from the artists’ experience.

“These are our memories,” said Allen. “We created these moments from the time that we’ve spent together. Now we are sharing them.”
Painting by Todd S. Plough
Painting by Todd S. Plough

Free Exhibition October 16 - November 29, 2018
Open Weekdays 9am-4:30pm

Horizons Galley
140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202


Artists' Reception
Firday, November 2

Plough will be live painting and Allen will have a book signing during the event.

Recently at Horizons Gallery

The Itinerant Printer | August - September 2018

WNED’s Horizons Gallery featured The Itinerant Printer. Christopher Fritton, poet, printer, and artist showcased his brand new project, “The Itinerant Printer Book”.

"When reading about the history of letterpress printing, I'd occasionally come across references to 'tramp printers' or what many in the vocation simply called 'travellers'. I investigated further and discovered there was a whole subculture of itinerant printers – nomadic typesetters, linotype operators, and more," Fritton noted. "They were card-carrying members the International Typographical Union, and this allowed them to travel across the U.S. and Canada picking up work anywhere it was available. I was enamoured by the romantic notion of travelling the world printing, so I did everything I could to reinvent the concept of itinerant printing for modern times."

Fritton visited letterpress print shops across America through 2015-2017, producing unique prints at each venue selected from their distinctive collections of wood type, metal type, cuts, ornaments, and polymer plates. The exhibition featured posters and prints that were made during Fritton’s travels.

This entire project that has culminated into a coffee table book features photos of all of the prints, printshops, and the people from the adventure. It also takes a modern approach to the long tradition of itinerant printer tales. Fritton describes it as “part travel diary, part cultural anthropology, part philosophical musing, and part poetic digression.”

“This book is written from memory, and accordingly, it is a fiction,” said Fritton. “I wanted to tell a story, not recite a list of facts or provide an encyclopedic overview.”

Hope Studio Artists | July 2018

WNED’s Horizons Gallery will feature Hope Studio Artists from July 2 through July 29. Sally Treanor, a watercolor instructor at Hope Studio, is coordinating the art installation with a wide range of artists.

“Our approach is workshop style,” said Treanor. “It is a project-orientated class in which we all work on a same problem. I have 15 to 20 people painting with me every week at all different levels of experience.”

As Garden Walk Buffalo approaches, the collection of art for this exhibition will be an homage to that.

“We want to help with the celebration of flowers and gardens,” said Treanor. “A majority of the pictures will be floral-themed.”

The painters work in the aquarelle tradition, that is they use watercolors in a traditional transparent manner, with no white or black pigments, depending on the white of the paper for whites in the painting and blacks the result of mixing pigments together. The Hope Studio painters use a triad + one discipline of selecting pigments in each painting (one red, one blue, one yellow, plus one other pigment to achieve emphasis or darker value) as basis of color harmony. The triads change according to the subject.

Participants in this exhibit are: Barbara Billittier, Karen Carbonara, Diane Gianadda, Carol Kellogg, Mary Jo Ketchum, Carol Koziol Clark, Joan Kubiniec, Sandy Ludwig, Susan Markel, Pat McCain, Marcia Nagel, Dawn Northwood, Pamela Pollock, Audrey Ross Sanders, Linda Scarafia-Davis, Ann Sessions, Carol Case Siracuse, Catherine Skerker,Elizabeth Stanton and Sally Treanor.
Hope Studio Artists
Hope Studio Artists opening reception
Hope Studio Artists opening reception
Hope Studio Artists opening reception

Watercolors by Fritz | June 2018

The exhibition on display through June 21, 2018 included 30 original watercolor paintings by National Watercolor Society award-winning artist Fritz Raiser that represent “colors from my gypsy soul.” Raiser’s paintings fall under the genre of transparent watercolor. Although the colors white and black are seen in the paintings, Raiser does not use them deliberately. Through merging colors together, he is able to produce them.

“The colors I use are very bright,” said Raiser. “When these colors merge and blend, you get this beautiful watercolor that is both bright and clean.”

Raiser, an Elma native, has won over 70 awards for his work along with multiple awards at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors. He has demonstrated his techniques at Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Hamburg Art Society, Williamsville Art Society, Lancaster Art Society, Alden Art Society, East Aurora Art Society and Kenmore Art Society. His paintings are in private collections in the United States, Canada and England.

Peace Project 2018 | December 2017-January 2018

Peace Project 2018 Shares Messages of Compassion and Love by Young BPS Artists

In their biggest showing yet, Buffalo Public School students from across the district submitted artworks that represented their visions for love, compassion, kindness and understanding to our 4th art event of the year.

The Peace Project 2018 exhibition took place at WNED's Horizons Gallery (140 Lower Terrace) from December 8 - January 8

The Peace Project is intended to inspire peace through the visual arts. All works are created by BPS students and from children of BPS staff.

Veterans as Artists: Transitions |October 2017

“Veterans as Artists: Transitions,” was an exhibition of Veterans’ Art in the Horizons Gallery. Curated by Jackie Albarella, co-founder of Artists/Veterans Art Collaborative, the show featured over 20 works from Western New York veterans and active service members. This work, by accomplished artists and beginning artists, demonstrated how these veterans use art as a manner of expressing complex feelings. Fear, hope, and joy all have a place in these works, which are all connected through their experience of serving our country.

“The quality of the art work showcased in this exhibit is truly remarkable,” said Albarella. “The artists are united by their service to our country, and their creations are incredibly diverse.”

The Artists/Veterans Art Collaborative was started in 2010 by Jackie Albarella and Dan Frontera. Two neighborhood friends, Jackie, an artist, and Dan, an Iraq War veteran, decided to use their personal experiences to help returning Vets cope with the tensions of coming home after deployment. With the help of Jim Becker, a VA therapist, the group was founded. The program has served over 500 men and women whose war experience spans Vietnam to the current conflict.

Jackie Albarella is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist and author. Her photography has been exhibited throughout the country with one-woman exhibits including The Burchfield Penney Art Center. She is the author of three books. Her most recent, The Hotel Lafayette: Restoring Louise Bethune’s Masterpiece, follows with photographs and interviews, the restoration of architect Louise Bethune’s masterpiece, and the companion film aired on WNED–TV, Buffalo/Niagara.
Exhibit sponsor:

Artists of Autism, Autism Services

April is national Autism Awareness month and once again our WNED | WBFO Horizon Gallery is home to artwork from Artists of Autism. This year's theme is "Throwback" featuring a selection of work remembering things past.