A History of the Funnies (1880s to 2000s)

Collection of Dr. Maurie Dewey

July 22 – August 19, 2017

Beginning Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda, NY, will host a month-long exhibition of original cartoon and comic art: A History of the Funnies: 1880s –2000s. Approximately 150 pieces will be on display, comprehensively chronicling over a century of incredible comic art history as a memorial to local physician Maurie Dewey. The exhibition will run July 22, through August 19, 2017.
Dr. Dewey had been an avid collector of comic strip art and memorabilia since the late 1960s. For a short while in the early 1980s, Maurie helped organize and run a small Comic Art Gallery and Museum housed in our Carnegie Art Center. His sincerest hope was to, once again, exhibit pieces of his collection at the Carnegie for the local community – especially its youngsters – to enjoy. Maurie had planned this summer’s exhibition for some time, but, sadly, passed away in January 2017. During his illness, he was adamant about the show being offered, whether or not he would be around to see it, to a community of people he truly loved and adored.
Growing up during the Great Depression, young Maurie Dewey endured the plight of most Americans. His family, like so many others, struggled to get by and survive during one of our nation’s most challenging periods. Little things, like awaiting resolution of a daily “cliffhanger” for Mutt and Jeff or eagerly anticipating an upcoming Sunday installment of Flash Gordon,  made a world of difference to a youngster surviving the unending physical and emotional burdens of the mid- to late1930s. As an adult, Maurie exuded a child-like energy and good humor that was fueled by his love of life, his family and community, and the funny papers.
This will all be evident on July 22, 2017, from 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., as the Carnegie Art Center kicks-off an amazing exhibition of American cartoon history in an event open to all. From Thomas Nast’s political cartoons to George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and Dik Browne’s Hagar the Horrible, comic strip history and the American history it reflected will be on display. We would love the company of friends and community members to join us as we enjoy music, food, and an amazing collection of comic art on July 22nd.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the City of North Tonawanda, the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, the Members of the Carnegie Art Center, and the Dewey Family.
Exhibit runs: July 22 – Aug 19, 2017    |    Gallery Open: Thur 6:00 – 9:00 PM & Sat 12:00 – 3:00 PM



Works by Karen Lee Lewis

August 24 – September 16, 2017

Artist Statement
Karen is interested in experience that forms Ground Truth in print. Ground Truth, a term typically used by biologists, refers to information collected on location, where a person enters an environment and experiences it through firsthand observation. When ground-truthing a person will pay particular attention via their sense of sight and sound.
This exhibition, entitled Surfacing, is an evolving meditation inspired by an exploration of inner and outer landscape. Lewis’s photographic work is influenced by poetry and language, as well as shaped by image in print form. The poet Ronald Johnson wrote in his poem “Summer” that “No surface is allowed to be bare, & nothing to stand still.” Photographer Sebastian Delgado asks that we “Study what makes the world move.” Lewis questions what surfaces helps us to see. They commune with elements of nature and art, and attend to the fluidity of spirit. In an effort to move the viewer toward a deeper understanding of environment, and our relationship to it, these artworks, both abstract and realistic in nature, are the results of actions designed to ferry us beyond the obvious. It is the artist’s hope that they can stimulate break throughs, to encourage entering into a mindset of ground truth, and to open a conversation of what might be found there.
Canadian born, and raised in Welland, Ontario, Karen Lee Lewis bought her first Minolta film camera when she was 15 years old, with earnings from her cafeteria job at Woolco Dept. Store.  Her formative years were shaped by the after-effects of the major strokes her mother suffered. Her experience of ground truth developed during time spent wandering through her extended family’s rural fields. She attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, receiving her Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology).
This exhibition is made possible in part by the City of North Tonawanda, the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, and the Members of the Carnegie Art Center.
Exhibit runs: Aug 24  – Sep 16, 2017    |    Gallery Open: Thur 6:00 – 9:00 PM & Sat 12:00 – 3:00 PM


Call for Entries

2017 CAC Fiber Exhibition

September 21 – October 14, 2017

Artwork drop-off: Sat, September 16, 3:00– 5:00 PM
Artwork pick-up: Sat, October 14, 3:00– 5:00 PM
Work Not Accepted, Pick-up Date: Thu, September 21, 2017, 6:00– 8:30
Opening Reception: Thu, September 21, 2017, 6:30– 8:30 PM
Download a prospectus.