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Art exhibit on Lockport lift bridges opens Saturday

LOCKPORT – An exhibit of about 40 paintings and photographs, all depicting at least one of the two lift bridges that span the Erie Canal in Lockport, will open Saturday in the Erie Canal Discovery Center, Church and Ontario streets.

The opening of the show, sponsored by the History Center of Niagara and the Niagara Art Trail, coincides with the 11 a.m. ceremony at the center in which Diane Koplas of Lockport will posthumously receive this year’s “Key to the Locks” Award.

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, who earlier this year introduced a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to preserve and maintain all lift bridges over the canal, is to speak at the event.

Of Lockport’s two bridges, the Exchange Street Bridge is 100 years old this year and is being repainted by the DOT this summer. The nearby North Adam Street Bridge, which is 98 years old, is closed to traffic.

Jay Krull of the Art Trail said some of the original works in the art show will be marked for sale, and prints of others also will be offered. The show is expected to be on display all summer.