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2015-02-26 / Lifestyles

NEW ROYCROFT GALLERY TO FEATURE ‘BUFFALO UNDERGROUND’ EXHIBIT

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Melanie Chimento captured this photo of the Ellicott Square building, one of the many architectural gems she enjoys photographing in Buffalo. Melanie Chimento captured this photo of the Ellicott Square building, one of the many architectural gems she enjoys photographing in Buffalo. With a rich history of celebrating artisans, the Roycroft Campus will feature the work of a local photographer in the opening of a new gallery. Friday marks the grand opening of the new Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery, located in the loft of the Power House. It has been named to honor the family’s support of the campus’s ongoing restoration efforts.

Local photographer Melanie Chimento has been chosen to display her photos in an exhibition titled “Buffalo Underground: THIS is WNY!”

Chimento said she was honored to be a part of such a well-known community that supports artists.

“It’s just an honor to be associated with the Roycroft because of what they’re known for with art, history and beautiful architecture,” Chimento said. “It means a lot to me, and I really appreciate it.”


Local photographer Melanie Chimento will display her photographs in the exhibit “Buffalo Underground: THIS is WNY!” at the new Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. Local photographer Melanie Chimento will display her photographs in the exhibit “Buffalo Underground: THIS is WNY!” at the new Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. Among some of her other Buffalo photos, Chimento will showcase some new photos, including ones of the Roycroft chapel and a spider web she saw at The Roycroft Inn.

Chimento is a lifelong Buffalo resident and has always loved photography. She received her master’s degree from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, and has continued to share her love of the city through her photos ever since.

“I just want to promote Buffalo and show people there is beauty, uniqueness and a lot of beautiful history here,” she said.

While she couldn’t pinpoint a favorite place to photograph, she said the abundance of architectural styles makes Buffalo a bit of a photographer’s paradise.

“I love all the historical buildings, getting the detail in the woodwork carvings and the landscapes of different places. Every one is unique and different,” Chimento said. “I capture it as it is and see the beauty in everything we do.”

In addition to photographing various parts of Buffalo, Chimento organizes events for members of her meet-up group, Buffalo Underground. Since she began it in March 2014, it has grown to 815 members.

By organizing different events and activities for members to do, she hopes to share her appreciation for everything Buffalo has to offer, focusing on art, culture, history, music, architecture and unique local businesses.

“It’s a place for people to learn about art, architecture and history to expand their horizons,” Chimento said. “I just want to put Buffalo in a different light instead of what it was known for — being industrial and snow. I want to show people that it is a great area and there are a lot of cool things here.”

The exhibit gets under way with an opening celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and runs through Friday, April 3, at the Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery at the Roycroft Campus, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Anyone can visit the gallery free of charge during regular shop hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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