On View / In harmony

MUSIC ON CANVAS includes watercolors by Robert N. Blair and the music of Buffalo Suzuki Strings students

Robert Blair, August Wind, 1977

©Bruce Blair


Support Suzuki Strings and enjoy the work of one of Western New York’s most distinguished artists by attending Music on Canvas, which includes watercolors by Robert N. Blair and the music of Buffalo Suzuki Strings students. 


Robert Blair (1912–2002) is the eldest and most well-known member of a Western New York artistic dynasty. He’s mainly recognized for his watercolors, twenty of which will be included in this program. They are from the Blair Family collection, courtesy of Blair’s son, Bruce, who is also a watercolor specialist. The elder Blair studied at the Albright Art School in Buffalo and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; he met and befriended Charles Burchfield during this time. His travels to Vermont inspired him to paint nature and horses. After serving in WWII, Blair settled in East Aurora and proceeded to teach and influence a wide circle of artists. His wife, Jeanette (1922–2016), was also a respected painter. Interesting trivia: Blair’s brother, Charles, a military aviator, was married to actress Maureen O’Hara.


Lake Nippasing (1980); Concerto (c. 1978)


Though many local art lovers have seen Blair’s works in galleries and museums, this event takes place in the artist’s childhood home at 125 Woodbridge Avenue. This intimate context, redolent of family history, adds a unique flavor to the concert/art viewing.


Music on Canvas, sponsored by Benjamin Gallery and curated by gallery director, Emily Tucker, takes place Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 125 Woodbridge Avenue. Call 834-2116 or visit buffalosuzukistrings.org/musiconcanvas for more information and tickets.             


Burnt Out Tree (c. 1940)


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