Student art exhibit kicks off a busy schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

A wide variety of classes, exhibits and workshops will take place at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, in the upcoming weeks and months!

“Creative Courage,” an exhibit featuring the work of students from the West Seneca Visual Arts Academy at West Seneca East Senior High School, will be on display from Feb. 3-27. An opening reception, open to the public, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Guests are invited to meet the student artists, view their creativity and discuss their artwork with them!

When you think of Buffalo, what comes to mind? The architecture, beaches, sports teams, windmills, theatre, parks, skyline, river, public art, neighborhoods, politics, gardens, zoo, Canalside, Larkinville, Allentown or Silo City? The “Buffalo Alive” exhibit is open to all artists and mediums. Artists must create artwork that best represents the Buffalo area to them. Buffalo has so much to offer, so create your statement and think outside of the box! A prospectus available at

Shades of Gray with Zentangle artist Kelly Barone will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Learn to create drama and emphasis in your tiles by seamlessly combining inked and penciled tangles. Master the skill of adding a focal point and good eye movement across your artwork. The cost for this two-hour workshop is $30, which includes supplies. Please bring your mini kit or basic tangle supplies.

The “Starving Artist” Mindset: An Archetypal Approach to Embracing Wealth, presented by wealth and personal empowerment coach Christine Mathieu, will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. The artist has great capacity for manifesting extraordinary work; where many fall short is in believing they can also manifest material wealth. Come learn about what the starving artist has to say about you, your creativity and your unlimited potential in terms of living the rich life. Experience firsthand how to identify the starving artist within and how he or she will teach you ways in which you can shift your perspective, own your value and claim the wealth that is waiting for you. The cost for this class is $20.

Celtic Inspirations in Zentangles with artist Kelly Barone is on the calendar from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Come join other artists for a fun night of Celtic tangling! This class was inspired by Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s “Tangle of the Kells,” which will be available for purchase if you’d like a copy. Participants will learn how to make Celtic-inspired tangles as well as some Celtic knots to create beautiful Zentangle art that shows off your inner Irish! The cost of this class is $35. Tiles are included in your class fee as well as several other supplies, but you’ll want to bring your mini kit of basic supplies. 

Mono printing without a press, using Gelli plates with artist Walter S. Mayo, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 15 and 22. Using acrylic paints and Gelli plates, participants will make mono prints using various mixed media, stamps and creativity. These mono prints can be used in card making, collage, fine art prints and just about any artistic activity. Class number one will highlight mono printing basics, getting started with Gelli plates, creating and pulling a print, additive and subtractive printing and making ghost prints. Class two will feature mono printing using masks, textures, stamps and natural objects, while class three will focus on painting mono prints. The cost is $60, or $55 for gallery members. 

Intro to Pastels with artist Sharon Schasel Brown will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 16 and 23. Are you looking for a new medium to challenge your creativity? Do you like to draw? If so, you will love pastels! Guests will learn about different papers and types of pastels, and how to handle them. If you’ve never used them before, this class will give you the basics to start your love affair with pastels. The cost for this class is $60.

A Zendola class with artist Kelly Barone will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Zendolas are a hybrid of a Mandala Circle and Zentangle Art. Zentangle 101 is a pre-requisite for advanced classes, and the cost is $40.

Career Development for Artists with Gerald Mead is being offered a second time from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. Mead, a noted artist, independent curator and art collector, will discuss strategies for getting broader exposure for you and your artwork through exhibition opportunities, networking and promotion. The cost is $20.

Wine, Women & Art with artist Andrea Oswald takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Come and create a set of wine glasses with a “night lit cosmic sky” (see photo on the gallery’s website). The cost of the class is $30 and includes all art supplies, snacks and wine. Call for reservations. Please note that the Wine, Women & Art classes in February and March are already at capacity!

For more information on any of these classes or events, please call 675-0204, email or visit You can also follow the gallery on Facebook for frequent updates.

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