Beyond/In WNY: Roberley Bell
Beyond/In Western New York opens this weekend in 12 galleries across Buffalo Niagara, featuring the work of fifty artists who live and work within the Great Lakes region. Here we visit with Roberley Bell as she is installing her work at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. The reception at Hallwalls is this Friday, and Visual Arts Curator, John Massier, has put together a rocking mix of artists, that truly bring the space to life with delightful invention.
Roberley Bell has installed “Becoming Blurred,” a grouping of works made of colorful fiberglass original forms (she calls flower blobs) and molds of found objects, and colorful plastic decorative items, along with preserved butterflies. Bell’s recent work is primarily executed outside in site specific sculptural collaborations with nature, including installations at Hamilton College, Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA, and Grant Park in Chicago. Balancing her personal vision with client needs is intrinsic to that process. This exhibition allows her to freely work within the unique shape of Hallwalls’ gallery. She teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology, and shows in Toronto, Brooklyn, and Virginia.
Friday’s openings featuring artists’ work from Toronto to Cleveland to Albany, are all downtown, something fun for after work:
Cepa Gallery 5-11 pm, 617 Main Street El Museo Francisco 5-11 pm, 91 Allen Street Hallwalls Arts Center 5-11 pm, 341 Delaware Avenue Squeaky Wheel 5-11 pm, 712 Main Street
The weekend continues with north towns receptions on Saturday, and the Burchfield-Penney and Albright Knox Art Center on Sunday afternoon. Check out the website for more detials. www.beyondinwny.org