Bruce is from Upstate New York and has a Bachelor of the Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has lived in Germany & Cyprus and has traveled all parts of the world in the military as a UH-60 pilot. Bruce currently makes his home in North Tonawanda and is involved in many creative endeavors.
Mary Grace Ohrum
Mary Grace (O'Donnell) Ohrum is a Niagara Falls native who has been painting and drawingfor as long as she can remember. As a child, she took art classes through the Niagara CouncilOf The Arts, and later studied at Niagara County Community College. She is a mostly self-taught artist who has experimented with many different mediums. Oil paints have been a favorite of since the age of 13. People and emotions are a big inspiration in Mary Grace's work. Whether searching through old photos, films, or just people watching-many faces make theirway into her work. Dreams and the beauty of nature are also an influence. The dramatic beauty of Niagara Falls has been an inspiration. She also spent time living on Cape Cod, MASS-where the power of the ocean greatly inspired her. The colors, the light, and the emotions that it evokes all come through her work. Mary Grace has shown her work in solo shows, several local group shows and completed many commissioned works (including several local portraits) Selected paintings have been published in a journal, Letterhead Vol.2. She has always had a passion for fashion design as well and has recently created wearable art pieces for fashion shows. Music is also a very important part of her creative expressions. She loves to sing and play analog synthesizers and has recorded with Bob Ohrum, Omega Vague, and Menkena.
Through physical trials, tragedy, ups, downs, life's highs and lows- Brook D'Angelo has always looked upon photography to be her constant. Brook took up photography (seriously) after she broke her neck in 2004 as a creative release. She started showing her work at Niagara County Community College in a spring art show, and was awarded several honors. She then became a contracted photographer for the Hard Rock Cafe for several years, shooting major indoor and outdoor events. During this time, she was privileged to have a photo published in the Hard Rock Cafe national magazine, The Rocker. Her work has also been consistently published in the Niagara Gazette, also as a contracted photographer. She graduated from Buffalo State College in 2007, picking up digital photography and editing skills along the way, turning her photography form into part digital art at times. She experiments with photo editing, often finding a way to include a bit of irony or visual sarcasm into her work. Brook is also an event coordinator, sometimes painter, sometimes wearable art maker, sometimes window decorator, and always a promoter of the arts! If you ask her what she specializes is, she will just give you a laundry list of things she does.... And that's because Brook has no specialty and no intention on having one. You never know what you'll be looking at when you go to see a exhibit by Brook D'Angelo. That's how she likes it. She doesn't want to be stuck in a category and wants you to wonder what will come next, just as life has her wondering everyday-
I work from a perspective that allows me the freedom to use any material to make art. These materials that I use are from objects that are cast-off, detritus, and other organic materials such as; rust, sand, leaves, ashes, wood. I also use the traditional medias such as chalk, acrylic, oil paint, paint sticks, spray paint, pencil and graphite. Many of these paintings have a collage effect, because of the use of printed image and written text along with of course the other mixed media. I allow myself the freedom to combine any media at my disposal to attain the effect that I need.
The written word becomes important in most of my paintings as a communication device. I use written texts as signifiers to propel images and metaphors into directions of random poetry. As in a painting everything seems to interrelate as in collage. The collage effect is used in the same manner taking metaphors and images from popular culture and arranging them in a context of unfamiliarity. My history as a Native person growing up in a small city and as a contemporary man are underlying themes; “like eating cornflakes at my grandfathers breakfast table before Longhouse”, or “watching a lacrosse game sitting on top of a 68 Chrysler”. These are examples of the planes that my mind travels while making paintings. This dichotomy of these apposing societies constantly clash, intermingle and become one throughout the making of my art.