Monday, February 25, 2008

New NACC Show Date

The Studio painting show, 'Rushing Summer, A Private Wintergarden', will be extended through the month of March. The NACC, located at 1201 Pine Ave in Niagara Falls has a 'Finally Friday' luncheon series scheduled on March 28. I was asked to be the guest speaker (it is in the Garden Gallery) and will be speaking about my work on the walls. Noon 'til 1, the food is spectacular, reserve your seat for lunch at the NACC at 716.282.7530 if you would like to join me.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

More Reception Pictures

As the evening ended, John & Karen, with A.J., Krista & Mia Polechetti, helped us close the gallery for the evening. It was such a treat to have so many friends & family go out of their way to share this special event

Artist Reception NACC review

Friday evening's reception at the Niagara & Cultural Center was spectacular; even the weather cooperated, it was mild & clear, one of those winter evenings that is just pleasant. Thank you all for coming, your comments, kind notes & messages. 
The consensus is that the image I chose for the postcard, 'Pinot Noir, not ripe at Warm Lake' was a favorite, followed by 'What's Pink is Blue' & the B&W conte rose #7. 
The jury stood at a deadlock over their favorite wine, equal numbers of guests chose Chablis or Pinot Noir. The sodas were barely touched. More people talked about cherry almond fudge than carrots or grapes, duh.
I was asked 'What's next?' and have put little thought into the answer. Immediately, I will complete the painting of Robin & Jeremy's entrance arch, next project is up in the air! 
Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters meet next week to develop this year's outdoor calendar, I hope to get out in the snow to paint once or twice before then.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

NACC opening preview

The Garden Gallery at the NACC is ready for my "Rushing Summer: A Private Wintergarden" artist reception on Friday February 8, 2008 from 7-9 pm. Thanks to the innovative layout by Carl Schifano, the artwork is hung 'salon style' to give the viewer the opportunity to see some work close up and others from a distance. The tall ceilings and lush atmosphere created by color & nature are a warm contrast to the snow outside. For this show, the gallery plants were moved to the triple doors area where they thrive on the lengthening daylight and fresh air. In answer to several questions and the perception of the Buffalo News reviewer, the 'private wintergarden' part of my show title is a reference to the Niagara Falls Wintergarden' s former life as a greenhouse. I frequently walked the paths and sat while children played 'stage' in the concert area by the pond. It was an especially lovely place in the winter, no matter the weather, one would be transported by the green tropical trees, the flowers, giant ferns and lucky resident birds. Everyone always smiled in the Wintergarden, even if just passing through. This is one of architect Cesar Pelli's most exciting buildings. It was designed by him with the Rainbow center in 1975. Many of his buildings are designed with glass skin & they are especially beautiful at night. Perhaps we can reconstruct the feeling of a lush wintergarden by gathering Friday night!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Press for NACC show

The text from Sunday Buffalo News Niagara Week end article:
Warm Images

The Buffalo News

Published on February 3. 2008

WHAT’S ON/Happenings around Niagara

No, they’re not resurrecting the city’s Wintergarden, but the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center’s Garden Gallery is showing the work of Kath Schifano, called “Rushing Summer: A Private Wintergarden,” with vibrant colors and close-up views of botanicals, flowers, fruit and vegetables. The center is hosting a gallery reception, 6-9 p.m., 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Free. Go to for more information

Text from Island Dispatch-

Local Artist in the News

Island Dispatch

Published on February 1. 2008


The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center’s Garden Gallery will showcase the artwork of Grand island’s Kath Schifano during the month of February.

The Garden Gallery will feature Schifano’s exhibit “Rushing Summer: A Private Wintergarden.” As a plein air artist, pastelist and oil painter, Kath’s “Rushing Summer” highlights her study into various forms and color and her process as an artist.

A gallery reception will be held on Friday, February 8, 2008.

The Garden Gallery is an open area, full of natural light and is located on the second floor of the NACC. The gallery is open 7 days a week and free of charge. For more information on the NACC call 716.282.7530 or visit To learn more about Kath Schifano visit her website at

On the front page is Schifano’s “What’s Pink is Blue.”