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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Works of Niagara Falls native Thomas Aquinas Daly, an award-winning contemporary landscape and still-life painter, will be featured at an exhibit, “Quiet Places” in the Kenan Center, July 28 to Sept. 8. An opening day reception is set for 2 to 5 p..m. at the gallery, 4331 Locust St., Lockport.
Daly, who attended the former Bishop Duffy High School and graduated with a degree in graphic arts at the University of Buffalo, spent 23 years in the commercial printing business before leaving that field in 1981 to devote himself full time to painting. His works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions at galleries, museums and universities across the U.S. President Gerald R. for recognized Daly’s talent by awarding him the Grand Central Art Gallery’s Gold Medal at the opening of Daly’s 1987 show in New York.
CLOSE CALL: Retired journalist George Gates, 82, who launched his career with the Niagara Gazette in the late 1950s, nearly drowned last week after he slipped off a rock along the eastern shore of Lake George, some 60 miles north of Albany. Gates was the Gazette’s City Hall reporter in the era when work started on the $720-million Niagara Power Project and the Cataract City’s population topped 100,000. Later, he spent 37 years with the Buffalo News as a city hall reporter and editorial writer before retiring in 1998.
PARTING SHOTS: Overheard at Ashker’s Cafe, Youngstown: “I was at his funeral. Wow! There were so many people the line went right out the door. I think some of those people just wanted to make sure ...”
That’s reminiscent of Mark Twain’s famous line: “I didn’t attend the funeral but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.