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Joseph Whalen art exhibit on tap in Lockport

LOCKPORT - More than 50 paintings by the popular Lockport artist Joseph Whalen, who died last year, will be exhibited starting Thursday, Nov.17 in the Niagara County History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport, and most of them will be for sale.

Most of the paintings in the show, called "Whalen: The Legacy Continues," have never been publicly exhibited before, according to Jay Krull, director of the Niagara Art Trail. Whelan was best known for his Lockport and Erie Canal scenes.

“Many of the works are what could be described as typical 'Whalens' in regards to subject and style, but like the 'Whalen: A Legacy' show last October, we are excited to display several pieces which are less conventional,” Krull said.

The exhibit's opening reception is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the art will be on display through Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The reception and the exhibition are free.

The 2017 Whalen calendar will be released at Thursday's reception, containing reproductions of 13 paintings for $25. After that, it will be for sale at the History Center as well as Ticklebridge, 12 Market St., Lockport, and online at

The Whalen show is the highlight of the Niagara Art Trail Holiday Open House, Friday through Sunday,  Nov. 18-20, which has nine stops at Lockport galleries and studios.

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