Weekly Feature

2014-04-03 / Lifestyles

Work of Lankes, Greenberg to be featured in nostalgic exhibit at Burchfield Nature and Art Center

Prints and woodcuts by Julius J. Lankes and photographs by Jerome Greenberg will be on exhibit Sunday, April 6, through Friday, May 2, at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road in West Seneca.

The late Lankes (1884-1960) is arguably the first woodcut artist of this country, and Greenberg has been recording history through black and white photos since the 1940s. The exhibit of their work will provide nostalgic visuals to carry imaginations back to earlier times.

Lankes began his artistic journey in Buffalo as a draftsman specializing in patent drawings. In 1915 he moved to Gardenville where he produced his first woodcut.

After purchasing a flatbed printing press from a junk dealer for printing woodblock, his art became noticed. He moved to Virginia, where his work was admired by the poet Robert Frost and a professional relationship developed. They were kindred spirits, and many of Lankes’ designs were inspired by or created specifically for use with Frost’s poetry.

Greenberg was born in Buffalo in 1927 and became seriously interested in photography at about age 16.

He learned his craft independently through experience, seminars, camera clubs, other photographers, books and photography magazines. He loves Buffalo and photography.

Lankes especially enjoys capturing the hustle and bustle of city streets, architectural structures, the beauty of life and snapshots in time.

All are welcome to an opening reception for the Lankes-Greenberg exhibit at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Burchfield Center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 677-4843.

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