Holiday art to be featured at McGee Art Gallery
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Community Papers of WNY | November 21, 2012
McGee Art Gallery will be hosting a holiday small works exhibition this holiday season. Several local artists have brought their work to this Clarence art gallery to show for this event.
The Holiday Art Show will host about 14 different mediums of art. Pieces such as jewelry, paintings, prints, pottery, drawings and photography will be on display for viewers to enjoy and possibly even buy. The show will feature several local artists with a few even from Clarence.
This small works exhibit will feature many pieces that are based on the theme of gifts and the holidays. A large portion of this artwork will be for sale and could possibly make a great holiday gift for friends and family. Many of the pieces are decorative and even functional.
Owner Chris McGee and his wife Sibel opened this gallery last fall and have already held four different art shows on site. This show will be the gallery’s fifth. McGee displays some of his own artwork in each show that he hosts and opens his studio for viewing during the shows.
The gallery is located at 10931 Main St. in Clarence, just minutes away from the location of the Holiday in the Hollow event that will take place on Dec. 8. McGee decided to open the gallery following this event with the hope that residents will make their way down the street to enjoy some locally made holiday art.
“I though it would be an interesting cross-promotional idea,” said McGee. He plans to also have a booth at the event as well. “I’m always looking for different ways to attract people.”
“I wanted to get more involved in things in the community,” he added.
He believes that these pieces of art could make great holiday gifts as well and encourages everyone to take a look at the great things that these local artists have to offer.
“It’s all really unique handmade stuff that you can’t get anywhere else and it’s all top quality,” McGee said. “You really can’t get it anywhere else.”
Buying the art will support these local artists and the local businesses in the area, which is something that the people of Clarence really try to do.
A reception was held on Nov. 17 to celebrate the opening of the show. Another reception will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the gallery. The reception is free to attend and open to the public. The pieces will be on display until Jan. 6, closing out the holiday season.
McGee Art Gallery does not have regular hours. It is open on most weekends and whenever there are events at the gallery, such as the reception. McGee will also open the gallery by appointment as well.