Happy New Year! January News & Events
J.J. Lankes (1884-1960), A Happy New Year [detail], 1928





"The last day of the year—a cold but bright and sunny day, with a film of fluffy snow on the bare ground. Where there are weeds, the snow is not apparent.

A fine Christmas season – all of us more or less well, and happy, a spirit of peace and contentment. [Mary Alice] came home the Sunday before (riding with two boys from Springville) bringing with her a friend who went on to Boston the next day).

The whole family out for Christmas (turkey dinner)—including the new grandson who slept most of the day in his bassinette in the middle room.

This year I seemed to reach some sort of milestone—gone was the acute nostalgia for my boyhood Christmases, and in its place a contemplation, as I lay in bed Christmas Eve, of the miracle of the birth of Christ, of God assuming human form for our salvation. (Something I never thought of as a boy).

Not that all yearnings for past Christmas joys were absent however. Every so often would come a pang of regret for the half-revealed memories of incidents that perhaps never existed."

Charles E. Burchfield, December 31, 1946


Charles Burchfield in his own words, a daily post from Burchfield's journals paired with the artist's work, is shared every morning on Facebook, Twitter and at www.BurchfieldPenney.org.



Consider a Year End Gift to the Burchfield Penney 

As 2014 comes to a close, consider a year-end gift to the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Your support makes possible all that we do at The Center! Donate online at www.BurchfieldPenney.org or call 716-878-6011. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 




M&T Second Friday on January 9

On the Second Friday of every month, thanks to the support of M&T Bank, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great! From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney. Gallery admission is free all day (10 am-8 pm) with special events and programs beginning at 5:30 pm.   

5:30-7:30 pm Live Music by HEARsay featuring David Kane, Michael Miskuly & Catherine Carfagna in the Reception Area

5:30-7:30 pm  Drop-in Art Making Workshop in the Studio Classroom

7:30 pm  Screening: Thomas Merton The Centennial of His Birth   in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium


Gallery hours are until 8 pm! Don't miss Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield, Alexander O. Levy: American Painter, Art Deco Artist and so much more! Info on what's on view is at www.BurchfieldPenney.org.


Ideas Prime Returns on January 29

Ideas Prime is a series of screenings, lectures and conversations which create a forum for the exchange of ideas designed to understand how local, global and cultural issues are interrelated. These programs, which take place on Thursday evenings, are free with gallery admission. The series resumes for 2015 on Thursday, January 29 with a screening of It's a Wonderful Life and discussion on the financial services industry with Geoff Kelly, editor, The Public, Howard Zemsky, managing partner of Larkin Development Group and Buffalo State Professor Joelle LeClaire. More information at www.BurchfieldPenney.org. Click here for the spring 2015 schedule of events.


The International Center for Watercolor Returns in February

Programs, classes and workshops that are part of the International Center for Watercolor begin in February with a workshop led by artist Linda Toomey on February 8 at 2 pm. More information on the series at www.BurchfieldPenney.org/Watercolor. To join the International Center for Watercolor mailing list, contact Kathy Shiroki at 716-878-3549 or by email.




Featured Upcoming Events

Special Event  |  M&T Second Friday

Friday, January 9, 2015, 5:30–8 pm

From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney on M&T Second Friday!


Tour  |  Curator Tour of Exalted Nature: The Read and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2–3 pm

Curator Nancy Weekly leads a tour of this landmark exhibition.


Tour  |  Curator Tour of Alexander O. Levy: American Artist, Art Deco Painter

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2–3 pm

Scott Propeack and Albert Michaels lead a tour of the exhibition.


Screening  |  The Economics Profession in the 1990s

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7–9 pm

Professor Ted Byrley, Professor Curtis Haynes and former Congressman Tom Reynolds discuss the economics of the 1990s with the backdrop of the film Trillion Dollar Bet.


Class / Workshop  |  A Gouache of Your Own

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2–5 pm

Opaque watercolor techniques will be demonstrated with the use of gouache, followed by experimenting with gouache while creating a small landscape. 

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