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Strokes of brilliance: BSAG to hold art show at J.P. Fitzgerald’s

The “Art of 12” art show and sale will feature work ranging in styles, themes and mediums. Shown here inside Picture Your Walls studio, from left, is Eric Adams holding a painting by Thelma Winter; and Jim Schwabel and Carol Koziol Clark holding their own artwork.
Locals in search of quality artwork do not have to travel far to find it.

An abundance of paintings, photographs, sculptures and more will be on display at the Buffalo South Artist Guild’s first art show and sale on Saturday, Oct.13, beginning at 11 a.m. The BSAG, which consists of twelve Western New York artists and art lovers, has teamed up with Picture Your Walls custom framing and art studio to hold “The Art of 12” at J.P. Fitzgerald’s, 4236 Clark St. in Hamburg.

“The sole purpose (of the BSAG) is to promote each other’s work, sell it and provide beauty to homeowners, businesses and whoever else wants art on their wall,” said Eric Adams of Picture Your Walls.

Attendees will have much to look at, as the artists’ work varies greatly in medium, style and influence.

“I’m a watercolorist and didn’t begin painting until I retired,” said Carol Koziol Clark, one of the artists to be featured in “The Art of 12.” She is a former art teacher for the West Seneca school district.

“I like to do flowing colors and I work more with nature,” she said, adding that her nature paintings can veer into the abstract.

Though Koziol Clark enjoys creating art, she does not take the act lightly.

“For me, art is capturing a moment in time. I think through history that is the way art develops — it is in response to events that happen, and artists are compelled to record those events,” she said. “Whether you record beauty or tragedy, it is someone’s personal interpretation of something that has moved them.”

Fellow BSAG member Jim Schawbel agreed with Koziol Clark, saying he thoroughly enjoys photographing his vacations with his wife.

“I’ve been taking pictures, doing photography for almost 60 years now. I started in the Army, when a friend sold me his used camera,” said Schwabel. He added that the majority of his work in the art show will feature New York scenes, including photographs of the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes.

Other artists include David Eckhardt, who specializes in photographs of agriculture and farm equipment; and Garry and Kathy Dole, who shoot underwater photography.

“They are avid and accomplished divers and they dove in many places around the Americas,” Adams said.

Also featured will be acrylic and realistic paintings by Margi Truxes Hixson, historical shadowboxes by Ray Helmicki, and photography by David Maynard.

“He does a lot of work in Europe,” said Adams of Maynard. “His forte is window and doors...from Ireland to South Carolina.”

World-known artist Robin Mols will have some of his sculptures, oils and acrylics on display; Gwen Parysek’s abstract paintings will also be for sale. Parysek often draws her inspiration from music and paints while attending concerts, Adams said.

Nancy Prusak is an acrylic painter, whose work includes iconic sites from Western New York, such as the Buffalo Lighthouse, Knox Farms and the Marilla Country Store. Dan Predmore’s art will also be present. His work ranges in mediums from watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, stained glass and jewelry.

Prints and even some originals from Thelma Winter’s collection will also be available for purchase.

Koziol Clark said that she hopes “The Art of 12” will help grow art appreciation and awareness in the Southtowns.

“There is a lot of talent in Western New York, I don’t think the Southtowns get the recognition that the Northtowns do,” she said. “We are kind of ignored down here.” Koziol Clark added that most of the galleries and workshops for artists are all held in Buffalo, Lewiston and the Niagara Falls region.

Adams said that Bob Brunner, owner of J.P. Fitzgerald’s, has been extremely supportive in letting the BSAG use his restaurant for the art show.

“It’s a perfect fit. [Brunner] has been very helpful in letting us have our meetings there,” Adams said.

Brunner said he is thrilled to accommodate the BSAG, adding that J.P. Fitzgerald’s newly constructed banquet room will provide the perfect venue for the show.

“Not only are we proud to host the BSAG’s first annual art show, but it is another wonderful community event for the Village of Hamburg,” Brunner said.

There will also be a drawing toward the end of the show, where each artist will raffle off a small prize, along with one grand prize of $100 gift certificate to Picture Your Walls. Those entered in the drawing need not be present to win.

The BSAG hopes that this art show is only “step one” in a future filled with shows, sales and workshops for the Southtowns.

“I am hoping that not only can we sell together, but we can work together,” said Koziol Clark. Her dream is for the BSAG members to develop a friendship where they can create art together and help each other grow.

For more information, call Picture Your Walls at 992-9147, or go online and visit or search “Picture Your Walls” on Facebook.

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