Congratulations to Don Zinteck, Wayne Geist and Michael Morin for pulling off a super successful Friday night opening of ZGM Fine Arts, Buffalo’s newest gallery. I spoke to Don at ZGM’s inaugural exhibit opening, and he couldn’t have been more pleased regarding the reception of his fifteen year old effort. The gallery started as a house. Then it transformed into a synagogue. Eventually it became a destination for spiritualists. Most recently it was used as a photo studio before finally reopening as a public gallery.
I believe that the gallery transformation couldn’t have been any better fitting. To walk into a building that had so much history… and was finally retrofitted to take advantage of many of the original details. Even from the front there is something very special about ZGM – almost like staring at a small church in New England. Quite remarkable. The interior is as remarkable with the lofted ceilings and the freestanding appearance of the balcony show room. The combination of the light wood floors, the simple dark stained features, the gallery lighting and the u-shaped layout makes ZGM quaint yet breathable. The big open space in the middle of the room actually keeps art enthusiasts close to the walls and close to the art.
ZGM is not a huge showing arena. Rather it is an intimate gallery for people who are into the show. There’s just enough room to have a spread of food and a wine bar (Chateau Buffalo was on the scene). It’s good to see a small art venue on this end of Elmwood Avenue, so close to the Gallery District.
ZGM Fine Arts, 1045 Elmwood Ave | Call 716.510.0251 for more information about featuring work in the gallery.