Elisabeth Samuels' Insite Gallery, short-lived as its tenure in Buffalo was, featured what seemed like an endless stream of worthy art exhibitions featuring some of the region's best painters, photographers and sculptors. So when Samuels decided to quietly close shop a few months ago at her intimate space in the ever-gentrifying Elmwood Village, it seemed like an unfortunate loss. But fear not. Samuels -- and one hopes her A-list of Western New York artists -- will return to the scene tonight with the opening of new digs in grittier Allentown.
The first show will feature new work from well-respected Buffalo watercolorist Catherine Parker (daughter of Charles Burchfield), whose natural scenes contain much of the ecstatic light for which her father was known, but also a sense of musicality and motion particular to Parker. The show, titled "Lost Rose," opens with a reception at 6 tonight and runs through Nov. 30 in Samuels' new Indigo Gallery (74 Allen St.).
It remains to be seen whether the Indigo space will contain all the well-lit (though admittedly cramped) intimacy of Samuels' former gallery, but the fact that she has remained on the gallery scene is a hopeful sign indeed.
-- Colin Dabkowski