Jennifer Lefort (b.1976), Grand Salon of Ideas (in pink), n.d., oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 96 x 234 in. Image courtesy of Jennifer Lefort Studio.

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is excited to announce the opening of three distinctive exhibitions, each celebrating unique aspects of artistic expression. The museum opens the doors to these inspiring showcases on April 11, 2024.

The first exhibition, "Old/New Threads," in collaboration with Stitch Buffalo, highlights the intersection of traditional art, economy, and community. This traveling exhibition developed by the museum and Stitch Buffalo displays a rich tapestry of textile arts, illustrating the significant role they play in cultural heritage and community empowerment. Featuring a variety of artworks, the exhibition delves into the expressiveness and importance of fiber arts, reflecting both personal and collective memories and identities, as well as the economic impact of selling work.

"Jennifer Lefort: Grand Salon of Ideas" marks the second exhibition, a vibrant celebration of the artist's 20-year journey in the realm of visual arts. Lefort, known for her large-scale, colorful paintings and sculptures, presents an immersive experience that challenges and delights the senses. The highlight of this exhibition is the 20-foot-wide "Grand Salon of Ideas," a piece inspired by historical works yet deeply rooted in contemporary perspectives. This exhibition provides insight into Lefort's exploration of color and form, offering a journey through her creative evolution. 

The third exhibition, "Weaving Hands | Planting Seeds," showcases the traditional artistry of Marilyn Isaacs and the role of self-taught art in preserving community knowledge. Through the intricate craft of Haudenosaunee Fingerweaving, Isaacs brings to light an important aspect of her cultural identity. Her work, recognized for its detailed craftsmanship, is not just an artistic expression but a medium for education and the continuation of tradition. 

In celebration of these openings, the Castellani Art Museum is hosting an opening reception on April 11, 2024. The evening begins with a special event for CAM members and Niagara University at 4:30 p.m., followed by the public reception at 5:30 p.m. The reception will feature curator-led tours, allowing guests to engage with the art and the artists themselves. With Jennifer Lefort and Marilyn Isaacs in attendance, along with curators Michael Beam and Edward Millar, this event promises to be an enriching experience. Light refreshments will be served, and parking is available in the Castellani, Gallagher, and Dwyer lots. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by April 10.

The Castellani Art Museum, dedicated to the exploration and celebration of the visual arts, invites the public to join in this artistic endeavor. Each exhibition represents a unique facet of artistic creativity and cultural heritage, embodying the museum's mission to nurture artistic talent and understanding.