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Benjaman Gallery hosts 'Legacy'

The Benjaman Gallery is a treasure trove of artwork by international and local artists, its various rooms in this two-story former home in the Elmwood Village hung salon-style. Opening on Aug. 1, also in keeping with the festive First Friday tradition, is the exhibition “Legacy: Early 20th Century Works by Burchfield, Renouard and Sisti.”

The gallery, usually referred to as simply Benjamans, is presenting this work culled from a private collection that was built over five decades; the family has requested anonymity. American artists Charles E. Burchfield, George A. Renouard, and Anthony J. (Tony) Sisti – all with ties to Western New York – make up the work in “Legacy.”

Known mainly for vibrant watercolors of city streets and landscapes, charcoal and graphite drawings by Charles E. Burchfield will be on view. His unusual pen and ink drawing, “Ex Libris,” made in about 1917, will be among the work. Approximately 50 paintings by George A. Renouard and Tony Sisti comprise the rest of “Legacy.” All works are for sale: this is a not-to-missed event for collectors of regional artwork.

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