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Sunday, March 29, 2015

"Wood, Paper, Scissors," an exhibit featuring four women artists working in unique mediums opens today at the Kenan Center. An opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the Kenan Gallery, 433 Locust St.

Running through April 26, the exhibit includes Pennsylvania book sculptor Jodi Harvey-Brown, book artist Diane L. Bond, collage artist Marie Prince, and wood sculptor Doris Timkey. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (The gallery will be closed April 4, 5, and 18.)

Besides bringing together four women artists in one exhibit, the unique nature of the materials used, as well as a large amount of work in 3-dimensional form, makes this an especially accessible exhibit. Using literary classics like Moby Dick or Harry Potter as the foundation for sculpture, or hand-making books, as done by Harvey-Brown and Bond, appeals to our sense of familiarity with everyday objects. Even Prince’s collages depicting each United States president, and Timkey’s marionettes and figurines, work with familiar materials and images, reimagining them as objects of art.

One of the Kenan Gallery’s most popular events will take place in conjunction with this exhibit. “Tea & Tour” features light luncheon fare, desserts and assorted teas, served in the Kenan Center parlor. Guests are then treated to a conversation with the artists featured in the exhibit. The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. April 19. Cost is $25 per person, and advance reservations by April 13 are required since seating is limited. To reserve, individuals are asked to call 433-2617 during business hours.

Jodi Harvey-Brown, a trained dancer and dance teacher, received her art training at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Being a self-described bookworm by nature, Harvey-Brown turned her passion for the written word into crafting exquisitely detailed paper sculptures from books. Her work has been featured in numerous design and art magazines and websites, and exhibited at the Van Blijkshof Gallery in the Netherlands and the Mini Art Exhibit in Israel.

Orchard Park artist Diane L. Bond has been creating handmade books for more than 20 years. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo State and a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan in Book Arts, Bond is also a NYS certified art teacher who has frequently taught grades K-12 as a visiting artist, and also holds workshops at the WNY Book Arts Center. Bond says that her collective experiences from working as a graphic designer, apprentice bookbinder and art educator along with training with several well-known book artists have given her the skills and abilities to create finely crafted functional books as well as one of a kind and small edition bookworks.

Since arriving in Western New York from Switzerland, modern dance-trained artist, Doris Timkey, has found a new passion in sculpting wood. She incorporates her experience as a dancer and movement therapist in her work, whether she’s creating whimsical figurines or enchanting marionettes for which she designs and hand-stitches the costumes and wigs.

After many years working in social services, Williamsville artist Marie Prince has devoted her energy full-time to artistic endeavors. She enjoys painting with acrylics and adding “found objects” to create the final work. Her most ambitious project to date has been her collage series, “The Presidents” which took more than a year to complete and includes 43 collages, each commemorating an American president. The collage series was exhibited at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in 2013, and was reproduced in a paperback book.
Sponsor of the Kenan Center Gallery 2015 Exhibitions are M&T Bank with additional support from the Kenan Arts Council, Grigg-Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild. For more information, call 716-433-2617 or go online to

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