LSHS class of ’71 organized art exhibition and sale | Local News
The Lockport Senior High School class of 1971 is sponsoring an art exhibit and sale in conjunction with their 50-year class reunion. Featuring works by five members of the class, the show will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on August 21, a Saturday, in the meeting room of the Taylor Theater on the Kenan Center campus.
The artists presented are:
– Jeff Watkins, professional sign painter, muralist and gold leaf specialist in the area since 1978. Watkins is one of the few hand lettering artists in the trade. A leading outdoor artist in the region, he has taught oil and watercolor lessons and has exhibited his work in numerous galleries, exhibitions and competitions. Watkins is recognized as a Burchfield Penney artist and has been posted in several art forums including “Splash 3”, “The Simple Secret to Better Painting” and “Watercolors in a Weekend”.
– Angelo DeFlippo, a Dallas resident who studied at Columbus College of Art and Design, studied architecture at the University of Florida, architecture and design at the Boston Architecture Center in New England, and mathematics at the University of Buffalo. Influenced by several Abstract Expressionists, DeFlippo’s work has been featured in MTV’s Redefined, as well as in Art in Bloom at the Dallas Museum of Art. DeFlippo has exhibited his work in galleries such as the Dallas MAC Converge Gallery, LuminArte Gallery, and Pro Arts in Oakland, California. He is currently represented by the Carlton Art Gallery in New York.
– Lloyd Hughes, a blacksmith currently residing in Lexington, Ky. Sole owner of Lloyd Hughes Metalsmithing, he completed major architectural ironwork orders in Kentucky, Florida and Georgia. Former president of the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association, Hughes is also founding president of his educational foundation. Hughes, a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists jury, has taught at the Living Arts Center and the Lexington After-School Program. His work can be found across the United States and several foreign countries; among the works is a large kinetic sculpture recently purchased by the City of Lexington for permanent display as part of a neighborhood revitalization project.
– Ken Haak of Lockport, photographer and retired history and economics teacher in the Barker Central School District. Haak, an avid outdoorsman, enjoys capturing scenes of wildlife and nature, experimenting with both black and white and color prints. He has an eye for detail, especially in his photos of birds in flight. Haak holds a BA from Western Kentucky University and an MA from Niagara University. His photos are in several private and corporate collections.
– Jeffrey Allyn Crofts, retired art teacher in Attica Central School District, with BA and MA in Arts Education from Buffalo State College. Primarily an acrylic artist and watercolor artist, Crofts has exhibited in western New York and central Florida, winning several awards along the way. Local exhibition hosts included Buffalo State College, Kenan Center, Batavia Society of Artists, and Niagara County Historical Society. Crofts’ work is also featured in a recently published children’s book, Beastly Limmericks. His work can be found in private and corporate collections.
The artists will be present during the exhibition-sale, open to the public.