Every visit to Meibohm Fine Arts reveals something new. As I drive down Main Street in East Aurora, my eyes automatically seek out the three display windows brightening the facade, eager to explore the latest exhibit. I have been repeatedly surprised by what my eyes have gazed upon in the gallery; I had not expected such quality and variety in our small town. On a recent visit, for example, I discovered the emotional, moody landscapes of Jane Ferraro, one of several excellent artists who contributed to the Summer Salon, this past July/August. (Ferraro will be showing in a solo exhibit in April of next year.) The Salon showcased an array of styles, from op art to abstract expressionist works to the paper sculpture of Frank Toole (see inset left – “Eden”).
Grace Meibohm, the third generation proprietor of the gallery, strives for that variety in the rotation of exhibits. She has a reputation for exhibiting quality art, no matter the period or style, of both local and national artists. Meibohm has shown well-known artists like Fran Noonan, Thomas Kegler and Harold Dodge.
The Art Shop located in a separate building behind the main gallery, is a frame shop and secondary gallery. Prints, antique maps, engravings, historic pieces, and Roycroft works, are on display. Meibohm also offers conservation, restoration, and framing services.
Grace’s childhood home houses her namesake gallery, and fine art is in her DNA. As a child she set up shop on the front lawn and knew at an early age she would continue in the art business that her grandfather Carl Meibohm built. A photographer in the Pan American Expo, Carl started the gallery in 1901 on Connecticut Street in Buffalo. Grace’s father Walter took over, and moved to 478 Main Street where it has been an East Aurora institution since 1957. Grace has continued to successfully guide the business, in large part due to her philosophy of gently guiding and educating the customer. Grace, affable, graceful and with a keen eye for her work, embodies a soul nurtured by art. She suggests “support the arts and feed your soul.”
Currently on view are the works of Constance Payne, Hounds and Horses, through October 13. Upcoming exhibitions include A.J. Fries, and Tanya Zabinski.
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Meibohm Fine Arts | 478 Main Street | East Aurora, NY 14052 | (716) 652-0940 |