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June 30, 2013

Weather bright for festival on Old Falls Street

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Niagara Gazette — He said he can't keep up with demand for his tables and other pieces of furniture, which he builds out of industrial equipment he's scrapped and repurposed.

"I build furniture and art out of old industrial, farming and other equipment," he said. "I get all of my materials locally. And I can't keep up with the orders I receive. People really seem to love my stuff."

The love affair stemmed all the way to the judges, which recognized Neffke with the first place ribbon for artisan, which required real-world practicality in the displayed items this weekend.

With a workshop on Main Street near the police station in the city, he said he's now working on pieces for 10 hours a day just to keep up.

Though demand isn't as high for works by Falls resident Kim Reeves, the impressions from customers and onlookers is just as complimentary.

Reeves, a nurse at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center when not painting, uses acrylics to take everyday situations and images and turn them into larger-than-life expressions. It's a style called pop art, he said.

"You take regular, everyday things in life and you exaggerate them," he said of his work. "On my business card, it says I paint what I see. It's all out here, it's really just about how you interpret it."

Though he doesn't compare himself directly to any of his artistic idols, it's previous pop art leaders like Andy Warhol whom Reeves draws his inspiration from, stylistically anyway.

For the past seven years, he's enjoyed making artwork not just for others to enjoy, but to keep him from going insane.

"It's like therapy for me," he said. "This is what I do for therapy."

The party continues today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. again on Old Falls Street. More information is available at www.festivalathefalls.com.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251, or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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