Niagara County artists will step into the spotlight this weekend, as Lockport's Market Street Art Center (247 Market St.) prepares to open a trio of exhibitions featuring a range of artistic talents, from watercolor to illustration.
"A Painter's Strokes of Nature," an exhibition of watercolors by veteran local painter Dody Walter, will go on view Saturday. Her work, which captures rural and natural scenes and bears the influence of her grandfather, painter James Connelly, has been exhibited and collected locally for many years.
Market Street's Upstairs Gallery will host a show featuring work by members of Niagara County's Mental Health Association. After its run at the Lockport gallery, the show, called "Twist (The Way I See This)" will travel to the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda.
Finally, the space's Third Gallery will feature the caricatures of Lockport's Robert Rimmer, a former longtime art teacher for Newfane Central Schools and illustrator of "History in the Mocking," a book lampooning some of the city's more famous residents.
The shows will open with a reception starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Admission is free. For more information, call 478-0239 or visit www.marketstreetartcenter.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski