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100 for 100(ish) at Mill Street Gallery

by Eva Potter

Western New York is home to many high-caliber artists, the artist owners of the Mill Street Gallery are a prime example of the quality of art produced in the region. With the holidays rapidly approaching, this Ellicottville gallery wanted to offer original works of art at affordable prices in time for holiday shopping.

The  gallery’s 100 for 100(ish) fine art and sale exhibition begins Nov. 8 and will feature 100 works of original art by Sean Huntington, Barbara Fox and Nance Jackson ranging from $60 to about $200. The gallery will also be showing some of their larger work.

“Sean, Nance and I have been delighted with the success of the gallery, even considering our opening in the slow season of early spring,” said Fox. “100 for 100 is our first exhibition with a theme. We have worked hard to create new pieces for the show and look forward to hanging them in one giant wall of art.”

Huntington said, “The three of us have been really excited getting this show together. It’s good to challenge yourself as an artist, and making this many paintings sure has been! It also gives our fans a chance to pick up art at a more affordable price than my larger pieces.”

Huntington is known for his recognizable and iconic abstract tree paintings inspired by the canopy of local forests. His multilayer painting process melds watercolor with gouache (opaque watercolors) to produce vibrant, abstract images. To finish his pieces, Huntington uses metal punches that belonged to his grandfather to edge each piece in copper or aluminum stamped with his name and the painting’s title.

Photograph-quality still life and floral images are captured in Fox’s watercolors paintings, which incorporate beauty and technical fluency. It’s common to do a double take when viewing her lifelike renderings. Her work has appeared in watercolor publications and national art magazines.

Fox said, “A gift of artwork is a unique expression of love and beauty, and I am hoping that people will find out for themselves how much joy comes from owning a piece of artwork.”

Jackson’s unique interpretive landscapes are rich with texture and loaded with color. Using acrylic and mixed media, her moody color palate evokes many emotions as you ponder her graphic landscapes.

“As the holiday season rapidly approaches, I am thrilled to offer a variety of small original works for unique gift ideas!” said Jackson.

The gallery is located at 42 Mill St. in Ellicottville, just four blocks from Route 219. You can stop in to see the 100 for 100(ish) show from Nov. 8–Dec. 23 during regular gallery hours Thursday–Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment by calling (716) 244-3806.

Fox said, “It is a great opportunity for us to kick off the holiday gift-giving season and to participate in the Christmas Stroll in the Village of Ellicottville.”

An opening reception is planned for Dec. 1 from 7 – 9 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. For more information about Mill Street Gallery, visit www.millstgallery.com.

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