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It Was That Way When I Found It Exhibit on Display at Nichols Art Gallery

It Was That Way When I Found It, an exhibit by local artist Richard Rockford, is on display at the Nichols Art Gallery inside the Flickinger Performing Arts Center. 

Members of the public are invited to the gallery for a reception featuring the exhibit on Tuesday, March 8 from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free.

Rockford uses his Clarence home/studio, reliving in art the years he combed old factories, salvage yards, dumpsters, and flea markets while gathering the old, overlooked beauty around us. He opened his first antique shop in Toronto. Returning to the United States in 1976, he landed in Clarence and operated Clarence Hollow Antiques until 2020. The antiques operations included American painted furniture, folk art, advertising and graphic design history, American Indian arts, early industrial furniture, and vintage printing machinery and wood type.

"Working alone in unusual antiques means you see a lot of things," Rockford says of the inspiration behind this exhibit. "You are drawn to colors and surfaces you like. The experiences of hunting and gathering have great influence. Saving fragments of things of low dollar value but high beauty gives me a way to relive, transform, and share."

Learn more about It Was That Way When I Found It and other past art shows here.

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