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Elmwood Village pop-up show to feature women artists through history

For three days, a lovingly restored turn-of-the-century house at 78 Summer St. that once belonged to watercolorist Margaret Martin will be transformed into an art gallery for a presentation of “Forefront,” an exhibition featuring 40 artworks by contemporary and historic women artists from Western New York.

The show, organized by the newly formed business Resource:Art – a collaboration among the owners of the Benjaman, Body of Trade and Commerce and Indigo galleries – will feature recent work by popular local artists including Ani Hoover, Fotini Galanes and Tricia Butski. That work will be interspersed with paintings from across three centuries of Western New York art history, including contributions by Claire Shuttleworth, Virginia Cuthbert and Jeanette Blair.

The pop-up event, spearheaded by Benjaman Gallery director Emily Tucker as a fundraiser for the YWCA, will be free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 and 30. At 6 p.m. April 28, there will be a cocktail reception and fundraiser event for $65 per person or $100 per couple. And on May 1, Resource:Art will host a brunch event, for which tickets are $12.

“There is a common misconception, that the main function of the YWCA of Western New York is as a recreational facility, a gym, similar to the YMCA,” Tucker said in a statement. “I really wanted to use this exhibition as an opportunity to support the YWCA and share the impressive and essential work that the organization does in our community. The women and children who benefit from our services often don’t have anywhere else to turn.”

More information is at or 249-1320.

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