Niagara Gazette — The Kenan Center House Gallery’s exhibit “Margaret M. Martin — A Watercolor Perspective” opens Sunday, and runs through July 12. The exhibit is being guest curated by Beth Pedersen.
An opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport.
Martin (1940-2012), a Buffalo native, was a highly accomplished watercolorist who maintained a studio on Elmwood Avenue until her death in November. A graduate of Boston University, Martin began her career as a graphic designer and advertising art director before returning to Buffalo where she took up painting full time. Martin was a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and Midwest Watercolor Society, among others.
Many of her works are included in corporate, public and private collections including in the Taiwan Art Institute Museum, and Universal Studios featured her work, “Urban Tapestry,” in the movie “Bruce Almighty.”
Listed in Who’s Who of America, her work has been included in numerous books and publications including: Watercolor, Spring 2004; Splash 1 & 2; Watercolor Magic, 1996; The Best of Floral Painting; and numerous others. Martin also authored an instructional book on watercolor painting titled, “No More Wishy Washy Watercolors,” and many of her paintings were featured in, “Great Lake Effects,” a cookbook published in 1997 by the Buffalo Junior Service League.
Garden scenes were a favorite of Martin’s, and she was an avid gardener herself. In one of her many workbooks, she wrote: “I get a lot of happiness from my garden. I need to be aware of the sky and the landscape and the plants and the changing seasons. Gardens are sensuous and aesthetic and that’s another form of happiness.”
The artist also summed up her total immersion into a life of creating art in saying: “I feel art has been and is my life, so why not give my whole time to it? It gives so much to me. I like to do all I do completely and well. I work intensely. And I am never bored. My work is my life. I do one thing at a time and do it fully.”
Gallery hours for the exhibit are: May 20-28, noon to 5 p.m. During the 100 American Craftsmen, the gallery will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1 and noon to 4 p.m. on June 2. Hours starting June 4 will be noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery will be closed May 25-27, May 31, June 3, and July 4-7.
For more information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 433-2617.