Whalen: A Legacy Works by Joseph Whalen (Whalen Gallery)
This unique exhibit showcased over 75 years of work by Lockport Painter Joseph Whalen starting with a 1939 drawing from when he was just 11 years old. Although his body of work alone assures his place in history, his impact reaches far beyond his art.
His storytelling, humor, and knowledge of local people & history enhances that legacy, but the most important aspect of what he has given is the influence he has had on others. That part of what we have become due to his influence carries forth a living legacy which will continue to flourish for generations to come.
Although original works along with reproductions were on display, the exhibit included a wide assortment of Joe's work in other forms. Posters, logos, greeting cards, cartoons, and various advertising pieces walk you through decades of Joe's influence. Reproductions of several items are for sale, including a limited number of signed copies.
The original work included works on loan which were not for sale, however there were dozens of originals available for purchase including pieces completed in recent weeks. The historic display incorporated a variety of memorabilia from Joe's career provided by several sources including Joe and his family, various organizations, and some of Joe's friends.
Many of the painter's rarely seen sketches used as the groundwork for his paintings were on display and for the first time a selected number were available for purchase.
Jay Krull of the Niagara Art Trail said the show will be almost museum-like, with many things on display that “he produced over the years that will be unusual for people to see.”
Read the full 9-21-15 article in the US&J.
Presented by The Niagara Art Trail and Market Street Studios.
Opening Reception was Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 1-4 PM. Wine Tasting by Flight of Five Winery and Chateau Niagara Winery.
Special Thanks to Joseph Whalen & the Whalen Family and the Niagara County History Center.