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Creative Inspiration, Courtesy of Fellow Artists

Free demonstration and q&a with Vincent O'Neill sets the stage for any and all artist-types!

Vincent O'Neill, here looking very serious, will speak, demonstrate and converse in a casual, creative "salon" setting.

Courtesy of V. O'Neill/ICTC

One of the best things about being a creative person living in Buffalo is all the opportunities there are to meet, learn from, and be inspired by others.

This is what actor and writer Diane Cammarata has found through a salon-style gathering which artist Catherine Parker hosts, under the auspices of St. Joseph University Church.

Says Cammarata about the casual, no-dues, no-membership, open-and-free-to-the-public creative forum: “I [began going to the Salon] about five years ago when I returned to Buffalo after a 13-year absence. I read about a meeting in the church bulletin, and thought it an excellent way to meet people with interests similar to mine.

“The Salon is Catherine's project, but Father Jacob Ledwon, St. Joseph’s pastor, is very supportive,” added Cammarata. “He is eager to provide a meeting space in the church’s Community Room.”

She continued: “The atmosphere at the meetings is such that, I feel, for a moment, that I am at an artist's salon in Europe of the ‘20s and ‘30s. If a person likes, they may show and/or talk about their work—any type—and then receive non-critical responses. There is no obligation to show anything.”

In general, those who attend are artists—either amateur or professional—says Cammarata. “One does amazing origami; several are portraitists or water colorists; one spins and weaves fantastic wool creations; there’s a quilter, photographers; and even a baker and a musician. Every gathering has a previously agreed-upon theme, like ‘Spring is more than a new beginning,’ which we try to develop with our work.”

From time to time a guest is invited, a professional artist. “Since I am an actor in the Buffalo theatre scene, I volunteered to bring in my friend, Vincent O’Neill,” said Cammarata.

O’Neill, who toured with the Abbey Theatre Compnay and studied mime with Marcel Marceau earlier in his career, is the artistic director of Buffalo’s Irish Classical Theatre Company. He is a member of the faculty at UB in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He will talk about and demonstrate his art, and take questions in the casual and informal atmosphere.

Says Cammarata, pointing out just how casual and friendly things are: “Catherine always brings cheese, crackers, fruit, wine and juice at her own expense. If we can, we put money in a cup to reimburse her for the refreshments.”

Sunday, February 20, 2011
St. Joseph’s University Church
3269 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
(716) 833-0298
5 to 7:30 PM
FREE and open to the public, no reservations required

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