Exhibitions & Events

2023 North Tonawanda Student Spotlight Exhibition 

Opening Reception: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Family Art Night: 
Thursday, March 16, 2023

On view March 7-25, 2023.

It is free to attend all events.

(Artwork by Emma Harnden)

Color in Motion
A solo exhibition featuring artwork by Mary Joy Murphy

Opening reception: Saturday, April 1, 1-6PM
On view April 1- 22, 2023
Gallery hours: Wednesday & Thursday  6-8PM
Friday & Saturday 12-4PM 

Artist Statement:

I have always been an art lover. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the aesthetic nature of my surroundings. My parents and my Aunt Sally Hoskins Potenza encouraged this innate passion of mine by allowing me to attend art classes at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and numerous private lessons from an early age.

During my college and high school years, I majored in textile printing, pottery, jewelry making, and sculpture. I studied Interior Design under Irene Adamski at Villa Maria College. I received a degree in Hospitality Food Service Management and Design from Buffalo State College. As one of the creators of Vito’s Gourmet Market, a Buscemi family former restaurant business, food service greatly influenced my use of color for food displays.

My life experiences and educational background have always inspired my art. I see my world in color and am fascinated by the manipulation and repetition of shapes, forms, and textures. I consider myself an abstract artist, focusing on acrylic-on-canvas; this body of work is a culmination and reflection of this. I invite you to enter into the vivid beauty of the world as I see it, and to enjoy the vision.


Mary Joy’s Bio:

Mary Joy (Buscemi) Murphy is a lifelong Buffalonian best known for her impeccable style, warm heart, and creative mind. Mary Joy is a passionate artist, advocate for the arts, an active community board member, and a volunteer of many Western New York organizations. She is known throughout the region for promoting local artists and the arts. Her proudest and best-known accomplishment to date is her involvement “Herd About Buffalo,” a widely popular and highly regarded fundraising collaboration between the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

One of Mary Joy’s greatest pleasures is expressing and sharing her creativity with others through cooking and entertaining. Combining her love of food and art by creating elaborate and eclectic table-scapes, an art form, and incredible cuisine, her parties have become regarded as a feast for all senses.

Her happy places include painting, volunteering, traveling, cooking, gardening, and playing with her four rescued kitties. She resides with her husband, William F. Murphy in the Elmwood Village. She has converted a dilapidated two-story garage into an artist’s dream residence, with an industrial kitchen and dining space any chef would envy.

Mary Joy’s new artist studio is located inside Buffalo Business Interior located at 111 Tonawanda Street off Niagara Street in Buffalo New York. 

Mary Joy’s newest collection of abstract paintings Color in Motion can be viewed at the Carnegie Center in Tonawanda, New York.

Professional Headshot Photo Series with Casi Hall Creative

The Carnegie Art Center (CAC) will host a two day photography session where attendees can get their professional headshots taken by local photographer, Casi Hall.

Each session will cost $35.

*Please use the links below to select the photoshoot time slot of your choosing.

Dates & Links to Register:
Thursday, April 27, 4-8PM: https://conta.cc/3ySOVrf
Saturday, April 29, 11AM-3PM: https://conta.cc/3JpU6nx

Please only select one time slot by entering the number 1 in the time slot of your choosing.

The image an artist submits with their portfolio or their website is often the first face a gallery or buyer puts to their work. It is their avatar, their stand-in, and it speaks for them when they are not physically present. Any working professional can benefit from an updated headshot.

The CAC will host photo shoots on Thursday, April 27, from 4-8PM and Saturday, April 29, from 11AM-3PM. Each participant must select a 20 minute time slot and pre-pay through the CAC website to secure a spot. Every participant will leave the photo session with high resolution digital images of their brand new headshot!

Members of the CAC will be able to choose 3 digital images.
Non-members can choose one to two digital images.
The Carnegie will check membership status when you arrive for your photo shoot.

All shoots will be done with a gray backdrop, professional lighting, and moderate editing provided. Attendees may bring props with them. All participants will be able to choose between black and white or color images.

Find Casi Hall on instagram @casihallcreative

To sign up, please visit www.carnegieartcenter.org or the links above.
For questions or comments contact [email protected] or call 716-694-4400.