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2018-04-12 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

BURCHFIELD 125 — Long before my time as editor of the West Seneca Bee, I was enchanted by the works of artist Charles Burchfield.

While attending Buffalo State College I had the extreme pleasure of working at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in the archives department. Here, I received not only a close-up of some of Burchfield’s lesser known works, but the works of many contemporary American artists.

“From a hilltop, I looked a while to the east, for sheer ecstasy. I heard but did not see a blue-bird, but in looking for it I saw the blue of a slate bank on a hillside; and I remembered then the blue clay I used to gather and play with as a boy. How it all became suddenly vivid — the raw gray days in March, the calls of blue-birds, the dripping water from ice covered banks.”

Charles E. Burchfield, a former Gardenville resident, wrote this on April 6, 1938. April 9 marks Burchfield’s 125th birthday.

To celebrate this milestone and honor his legacy, the Burchfield Penney is asking the Western New York cultural community and Burchfield enthusiasts across the country to come together and help preserve his legacy.

Starting on his birthday, Monday, April 9, the center launched a 125-hour crowdfunding campaign.

All funds raised will directly support Western New York artists through exhibitions, collections and programs at the center.

Honor Burchfield with a donation at any level, or help the center meet its goal of 125 donations of $125 in 125 hours. When you donate at the $125 level or more, you’ll receive a commemorative Charles Burchfield print as a token of appreciation.

Donate at www.burchfieldpen ney.org, by phone at 878-6011 during gallery hours, or visit the Burchfield Penney, located at 1300 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo.

Happy birthday Charles Burchfield.

SPECIAL ELECTION— A special election will be held Tuesday, April 24, to fill a vacancy for the New York State 142nd Assembly District. This seat was vacated by now-Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns. The district covers West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna and parts of the City of Buffalo.

Candidates for the seat are Erik Bohen and Patrick Burke. Candidate profiles will be published on each contestant in the April 19 edition of the paper.

We will not publish any letters to the editor, guest columns, Bee Heards or political briefs on anyone involved in the general election in the April 19 edition. This week is the last edition for such items to be published.

FACE 2 FACE — Do you know someone struggling with drug use or addiction?

“Face 2 Face in the Church Place” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St.

Join the group for information and open conversation about drug use in the community and how to make the church a safe place for those facing addiction.

The event is sponsored by the West Seneca Community of Churches. Contact the church office for more information at 674-4566.

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