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Three Lockport Painters Featured in Exhibit
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Three Lockport Painters Featured in Exhibit

The Kenan Center will present THREE BRUSHES: WORKS BY MANNING MCCANDLISH, MICHAEL MCMAHON AND SHIRLEY MURDOCH, February 12 through March 11. The exhibit, featuring three noted Lockport area painters, will open with a free public reception on Sunday, February 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Kenan Center House Gallery at 433 Locust Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery will be closed Monday, February 20.

Manning McCandlish has a Bachelor of Arts, with an Art Major, from the University of Arkansas. Upon  graduating she worked at Hallmark Cards as an artist and a supervisor in the Finished Art Department. After moving to Lockport in 1978, McCandlish taught watercolor classes and workshops for many years. She worked as a staff person in charge of the gallery and related art venues at the Kenan Center during the 1990’s.  At the present time she is the chairman of the Kenan Art Committee and is an active volunteer in the hanging of shows in the Kenan Gallery. McCandlish is a member of several art societies, holding various  offices in each, and she has participated in many society and gallery art exhibits, winning numerous awards. She works primarily in transparent watercolor.

Michael McMahon, a native of Michigan, came to Western New York in 1969. After graduating from Lewiston Porter High School, he attended NCCC, the Pennsylvania School of Fine Art, and the Ontario School of Art where he majored in Communication and Design. McMahon served as an artist-in-residence at Artpark for three years, participates in numerous exhibits throughout Western New York, teaches workshops both locally and in Canada, and was the recipient of the Allentown Art Festival Purchase Award in 1996. He has been working in transparent watercolor since 1972.

For Shirley Murdoch has taken numerous workshops from California and New Mexico to Maine, as well as auditing classes at State University College at Buffalo and Niagara University. She has taken additional training locally with accomplished artist, Margaret Martin, and through her Signature Membership of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society.

Murdoch uses watercolors, oils and pastels to capture images from Europe, Central America, Western New York and America's scenic Southwest. A member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and the Kenan Art Council, she has shown her work in these venues as well as the Market Street Art Gallery.

A special Tea & Tour will be held on Sunday, March 4, where guests will enjoy a selection of hot teas and light fare, with introductions to the exhibit works by the artists. Cost is $20 per person. Advance reservations will be taken through March 2 by calling 433-2617, or in person at the Kenan Center Business Office open Monday-Friday,9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

An active exhibition space since 1966 when it featured the works of Charles Burchfield, the Kenan Center House Gallery averages eight exhibits annually of local, regional and national artists.

For more information, call (716) 433-2617.



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