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It's been a year since the art gallery called Impact opened its doors, and the cooperative of 13 women artists who run it think that it's lived up to its name.

It's had an impact on them -- they've learned from each other.

It's had an impact on patrons, who come to view and admire art done by women.

And it's had an impact on women such as Trish Broad, a nurse at Millard Fillmore Hospital, whose current solo show, "Echoes," includes exquisitely done pieces made with glass beads.

"Here we have sovereignty," said director Joan Goldberg, who was among those who formed the group to promote women's art, a project they thought was long overdue in this arts-rich area.

In the three small rooms that constitute the gallery, the back room holds works of members. The current exhibit revolves around the theme "Lighten Up" and has therefore attracted Marjorie Northon's watercolor "Waverly Beach," a warm, sunny scene, and Joan Hambleton's lushly colored "Sue's Tulips."

But this is not a sweetness and light group, by any means. Margaret Chaney Wheeler's solo show will be "Tartongues" in May. And there is talk of a show related to domestic violence. During their first year, they've encouraged artists, poets, mimes and quilters, among others.

Impact is in what used to be a residence and studio. Because of its previous life as a home, the gallery space evokes a welcoming feeling. The drawback to the intimacy is that artists always wish for more space, they say, particularly when they deal with space-hogging pieces such as they did for a highly successful quilt show.

The gallery hosts events other than those strictly arts related.

There have been poetry readings, storytelling sessions, and mimes who have encouraged people in the Dolci's ice cream line, which is next door, into the gallery for a reception.

Upcoming events:

Susan Spadinger will present journaling workshops at 7 p.m. on March 30 and 3 p.m. on April 8. The cost is $8 per session.

On April 7, University at Buffalo student Jennifer Formica will have a photography show, opening with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. On May 5, it's Margaret Chaney Wheeler's "Tartongues," celebrating women's wit and wisdom. On the first Friday of each month, the public is invited to the gallery's openings.

Entries are being solicited for its second juried national show called "Covering/Uncovering." Slide deadline is April 15.

An ongoing class called "A Women's Art Circle" meets from 9 to 11 a.m. the first and third Saturday of each month. It is being led by Colleen Daly Perry to explore creativity and spirituality.

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