WESTFIELD, NY (WNY News Now) – A project shining a spotlight on the diversity of Chautauqua County by a local artist was put on display over the weekend.
On Friday, Westfield artist Katherine Galbraith unveiled the collection of more than 40 oil portraits that she calls “Painting the Faces of Chautauqua.”
The exhibit was shown off at the former train station on English Street in the village, and was followed by an artist’s talk on Saturday.
Galbraith, who has won numerous awards in national art competitions, started the project with the goal of showcasing the wide variety of backgrounds among Chautauqua County residents.
“To me, your life is in your face. The older you are, the more life that you’ve lived, the more of your story is written on your face, and in your eyes,” Galbraith explained. “I wanted to highlight that, and let people see how wonderful they are, but let other people see how wonderful they are as well.”
The showcase will be closed over the winter, but Galbraith says it will be open to the public throughout the summer of 2023.
For more information on Galbraith’s work and to see the full “Painting the Faces of Chautauqua” gallery, you can visit her website at www.katherinegalbraithfineart.com.