Let’s hope nature center is able to reopen very soon
The Charles Burchfield Nature and Art Center building in West Seneca has been closed since early January when significant structural damage was discovered. While professionals evaluate the extent of the damage and determine how best to make the building safe, the Western New York community is missing many opportunities to share exceptional art and nature experiences.
Exhibits by talented local artists, which would not have been available to the area but for the center, have been enjoyed by many local, out-of-town, out-of-state and out-of-country visitors at its intimate gallery.
Visitors attracted to the center for its art exhibits often buy lunch or dinner in the area. The center has been good for local business as well as area artists and people from all backgrounds and ages. The gallery is frequented by youngsters, the elderly, students and all manner of art aficionados. The exhibits and their public receptions have always been free of charge and open to everyone.
Popular kids’ classes and activities promoting nature and art have been available in this building on a regular basis for youngsters in grades kindergarten through four. Their happy camaraderie while creatively exploring arts, crafts and nature knowledge and skills is a joy to behold as well as to experience. Until the building is restored, these activities are curtailed.
The center has enhanced the quality of life in Western New York through its offerings. It has been a jewel of an asset for the Town of West Seneca and the larger area. May it soon be reopened!