For a relativity small town,Buffalo has a thriving arts community and it is one that I am glad to be a part of.I have lived here for most of my life and I love that we are a city rich with culture.Like so many of my fellow artists,it has always been neccessary for me to work a day job. when many of your waking hours are spent working,it leaves you with a deep desire to connect with others that share your appreciation for the arts in any way you can. Most often this means taking advantage of public spaces that promote the arts and taking opportunities to show your work.Being a part time artist in no way lesses the full- time love so many of us share for the power that art can wield.Trends come and go, but art remains a true form of expression that transcends the mainstream and allows for an individual to speak there personal visual language.
I recently saw an opportunity to support the arts more actively here in Buffalo while paying it forward,so to speak,to all those who have shared there own art spaces with me over the years. I decided to transform my home on Elmwood Avenue into s gallery and showroom for local artists and craftsmen. It has always been a dream of mine to create a space like this and share it with the community. The loication works perfecly to this end,and what better way to repurpose a historic home in the Elmwood village ? I have named the space Parables ,because art,as a medium ,allows the viewer to step out of here and now and glimpse the hereafter. It allows us to highten our perceptions and adds a depth to life that little else can rival.It is with this desire of heart thatI invite you to visit the space I've created and share in this amazing collective we know at the arts community in Buffalo.
Much Love Glenn Kroetsch
On top of having my Gallery I work full time at the Buffalo City Mission in Buffalo NY as an Emergency Shelter Case Manager. Attached are a few samples of the class I taught, and a show I had at my Gallery in July 18, at the time I was relying totally on donations, pretty limited working with color pencils. So now in my office I have some of my paintings up, there is an interest in doing a painting class, being a painter myself, painting much more fun, along with a little sneaky art therapy , as part of my Education Degree I took 2 Art Therapy classes .Sooooo- to speed things up , and get this class going , I am taking a step of faith and purchasing the supplies myself, to have better supplies to work with, and hoping that you would "help a bratha out" with any donation amount to help. When the class gets going I will be posting on IG & FB,because of privacy I will block their faces out, and tell their stories as Brother #1 etc.
I have turned the first floor of my house at 1027 ELMWOOD in Buffalo's Elmwood Village into a gallery & gift shop. I have 3 rooms:
GALLERY SHOP ROOM : Wearable art, smaller art pieces,prints & craft works all by local artists & craftsmen selling for mostly $100
THE ONLY FEE :30% when something is sold.
GALLERY OWNERS ROOM .In this room will be my Textured Acrylic paintings & photos .
GALLERY ROOM: The largest room is for:events and for solo or group exhibit for artists to show and sell your work.
THE ONLY FEE :30%commission on sold pieces .
PROMOTION FOR EXHIBITS INCLUDES: 3'x5' Banner on front of the building,First Friday reception,title cards,post card to email and hard copies to mail,listings in the local papers,constant postings on: Instagram,2 Facebook pages,and the the Gallery's web-site .
Please send 3 samples of works to: Glenn Kroetsch -firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to come check out the space,my hours are:
Thurs.- Sat. 12-5
Artists & Craftsmen always a call for work
I am looking forward to working with you
Parables Gallery & Gifts LLC
1027 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo NY 14222
Facebook: Parables Gallery and Gifts
Instagram : @parablesgalleryandgifts