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Art Buff: Gary Melius

Where are you from originally?
Tonawanda, NY 
What is your medium?
Wire Wrapped Jewelry
Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
Mostly from other artisans on the internet Keystone Jewelry & Raven Mountain from WV
What is your preferred subject matter?
Semi-precious Gemstone Pendants
How do you feel you can best advance to the next level, or are you most happy where you are now?
I’m always looking for new inspirations and market trends to improve on an already successful hobby 
What is another medium that you would like to learn?
The art of filigree wire jewelry sculptures
Is there a purpose to your artwork?
Yes, to bring happiness and enjoyment to all who wear my work. Because the pendants are so different the wearer usually receives many compliments whenever they wear them. 
How often do you work on your art?
Still a hobby level so I work at it just a couple of times a week
What or who first prompted you to venture into the art world? 
A video of making wire wrapped jewelry on the web. 
Where is your favorite venue in Buffalo to exhibit
Saturday Artisan Market at Canalside (SAM) is my first Buffalo venue. For 5 years I have been exhibiting at shows in Rochester, Orchard Park and Letchworth State Park
Where is your current/next show in the city? Dates?
Saturday Artisan Market @ Canalside June 2 – Facebook
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Independence and freedom of expression – now under reconstruction & should be completed by the middle of June 2012

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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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