Eventide exhibit highlights nature of birds
The Burchfield Nature and Art Center welcomes the community to an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “Eventide,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Center, 2001 Union Road in West Seneca.
The exhibit will feature 23 paintings and drawings by artist Melissa Mance-Coniglio, who sensitively portrays the nature of birds at days’ end. Mance-Coniglio’s work was influenced by her late father, James Mance, Sr., whose mastery of waterfowl decoy carving taught her observation skills and a love of birds.
Mance-Coniglio has developed her skills as a naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator and animal trainer. She is an art educator and has exhibited her own work in numerous venues, including the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and master’s from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
“Eventide” runs Sept. 3-30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The Burchfield Nature and Art Center is a fitting venue for this exhibit with its surrounding park and nature trails. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily. Admission is free to both park and gallery.