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Unsung Advocate Leads the Way

By Carl Francis Penders:
“I’ve been going to Buffalo for four or five years.  It’s an amazing place,” Roberta Lane of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Boston office told the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s not so sure Maggie Stier.  So Maggie, who I encountered on the Roycroft Campus, came to see for herself, and like Roberta, left a believer.  Even our weather enthused Shelly King-Davis of Yosemite, California, saying while exiting Shea’s (Performing Arts Center) after the Trust’s opening plenary, “You’ve got these amazing gray cloud formations, then you get a little sun, and then some rain.”  Two days later, Shelly and her partner John Lytle, who came for twelve days,  proclaiming “We decided we were going to get to really know Buffalo,” were still singing the area’s praises, even after getting soaked at Graycliff, calling it “Spectacular–even in the rain.”
Yet according to Bob Skerker, Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s conference co-chair, this amazement would not have been possible without the efforts of one Dennis Galucki.  Speaking the week prior to the conference, in his opening remarks Mr. Skerker said,”I want to thank Dennis, without whom this conference would not be happening.”  He continued saying, “In 2005, at the Trust’s Portland conference, Dennis approached Richard Moe (the Trust’s then president) and asked “What would it take to bring this conference to Buffalo?”
“Give me a good reason,” Mr. Moe replied.
“I’ll do the best I can,” said Galucki, whose “best” idea was to stimulate enough interest and enthusiasm to reach what he called a “critical mass” of twenty people to attend the Trust’s 2006 Pittsburgh conference. 
With the Chicago Architecture Foundation as a model, and now asking “Why wouldn’t we want this conference to come to Buffalo?” as the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier’s director, Galucki invited CAF (Chicago Architecture Foundation) President and former BPO General Manager Lynn Osmond to a 2006 Saturn Club luncheon.  Speaking to what she called an “engaged audience” on the value of “repositioning Buffalo as a hub for architectural heritage and tourism,” Ms. Osmond emphasized it was “a goal worth pursuing,” and said “Dennis was leading the charge.”
With interest and awareness rising, including that of Visit Buffalo Niagara, a “critical mass” of twenty area attendees to the Trust’s 2006 Pittsburgh conference was reached, with Visit’s Vice-President of Marketing Ed Healy saying Mr. Galucki is “personally committed to preservation, an outspoken advocate,” and as one of four signatories to Visit’s March 7, 2007 official bid to the Trust, Healy further termed him “an instrumental figure in a group of committed citizens.”
Stepping aside after the National Trust’s announcement that its 2011 conference was coming to Buffalo, and as the Landmark Society and the Preservation Coalition of Erie County became Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Galucki then founded the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature.  Borrowing a concept gleaned from visits to the Chautauqua Institution, where events of all sorts go on throughout the day, and people come and go as they wish, Galucki approached the Buffalo & Erie County Library with his program idea.  Called Imagining Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century, lectures are held in the Central Library’s Ring of Knowledge, and “Fits right into what we think a library ought to be doing,” says Central’s Anne Conable, adding Galucki is “A natural born educator, one of the early pioneers in working on, and promoting cultural tourism.” 
His initiatives have extended beyond the immediate area to Chautauqua, with Mr. Galucki convincing Institution officials and co-sponsors The Buffalo News and WNED to proclaim one summer day, Buffalo Day at Chautauqua, and is instrumental in arranging programming with a Buffalo slant on Buffalo Day.
But when the bidding ball to the National Trust began rolling, speaking of Galucki, one local organizer said “He’s very peripatetic.  He didn’t have email, he didn’t have a cellphone, so you couldn’t get a hold of him.  He rides his bike (to events and meetings).  He’s very passionate, but he tends to go his own way.  So a lot of people don’t want to follow him.” 
While unquestionably there were an untold number of advocates, funders, staff people, and volunteers that contributed to making the 2011 National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Buffalo conference a tremendous success.  But knowing several, and admiring even more of those unorthodox, unconventional, peripatetic (Meaning of or relating to Aristotle who conducted discussions while walking about, as Galucki sometimes does.) people, it’s apparent the entire region benefitted from the 2500 plus people who did follow the man who dared ask “What would it take to bring this conference to Buffalo?”
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“C-SAAHN believes our legacy is extraordinary and worthy of preservation!” – Dennis Galucki
Part of that exploration includes the weekly C-SAAHN “IMAGINE” Noon-Hour Lecture/Discussion Series at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library on Tuesdays. 
Noon-Hour every Tuesday at the Downtown Public Library “Ring Of Knowledge” Area (just past Fable’s Cafe)

Eat – Listen – Discuss | Free & All are Welcome!

WINTER

December 27, 2011 – “C-SAAHN ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ‘IMAGINE’ LIBRARY LECTURE SERIES & INITIATIVES”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. Dennis Galucki, Founder & Coordinator, Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History, & Nature 
AUDIO ….. TEXT


January 3, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”

Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #1 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: The Importance of First Impressions” by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M. Chuck LaChiusa, Webmaster, Buffalo Architecture & History and C-SAAHN. AUDIO


January 10, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. Kimberly A. Minkel, Executive Director, NFTA and Gladys Gifford, President, Citizens for Regi
onal Transit

…… AUDIO


January 17, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #2 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Where am I? Point of View and Focal Point”  by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M. Chuck LaChiusa, Webmaster, Buffalo Architecture & History (buffaloah.com) and C-SAAHN


January 24, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. Robert G. Shibley, Professor and Dean, UB School of Architecture & Planning


January 31, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #3 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Color – Description, Symbol, and More”  by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M. – Nancy Spector, Associate Curator of Education, Albright-Knox Art Gallery


February 7, 2012 –  “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #4 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Line – Description and Expression”  by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M. – John F. Siskar Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Buffalo State Educational Pipeline Initiatives, Buffalo State College


February 14, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Thomas Herrera-Mishler, President & CEO, Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy


February 21, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #5 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Space, Shape, Shade, and Shadow”  by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M. – Ginny O’Brien Lohr, Curator of Education, University at Buffalo Art Galleries 


February 28, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Thomas YotsPreservation Studios

EARLY SPRING

March 6, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #6 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Seeing the Big Picture”  by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M. – Andrea Mancuso, Artist and Nichols School Visual Arts faculty


March 13, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Mark GoldmanBuffalo Historian and Author


March 20, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #7 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: The Illusion – Getting the Right Perspective”  by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses
12:30 – 1:00 P.M. – TBA

March 27, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Joan Bukowski, President, Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society


April 3, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #8 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Art That Moves Us – Time and Motion” by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Gene Chasin, Chief Operating Officer, Say Yes to Education Foundation


April 10, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, LEED, Interim Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning Group University at Buffalo President Elect AIANYS (Invited)


April 17, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #9 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Feeling with Our Eyes – Texture and Light” by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Joanna Angie, Artist & Founder, Buffalo Art Studios 


April 24, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Rocco Termini, Signature Development (Meet at Library – Tour of Hotel Lafayette – Opening Scheduled for May, 1, 2012)

LATE SPRING

May 1, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #10 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Drawing – Dry, Liquid, and Modern Media” by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Lisa R. Hunter, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Intellectual Foundations and First Year Programs University College TWIN 100


May 8, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Kerry Mitchell – Public Affairs Manager, Canadian Consulate General (Invited)

May 15, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #11 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Printmaking – Relief and Intaglio”
by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses
12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Gerald Mead, Artist

May 22, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – James SandoroBuffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum


May 29, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #12 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Modern Printmaking – Planographic”
by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Paul Hogan, Vice President, The John R. Oishei Foundation


June 5, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #13 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Sculpture – Salt Cellars to Monuments”
by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Rita Argen AuerbachArtist


June 12, 2012 – “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”
12:10 – 1:00 P.M. – Thomas Schofield, Chairman, War 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council


June 19, 2012 – “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?”
Noon – 12:30 P.M. Video – #14 “How to Look at and Understand Great Art: Development of Painting – Tempera and Oils” by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College – The Great Courses

12:30 – 1:00 P.M – Louis Grachos, Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery 
and Don Kimes, Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution 

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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