Hobart and William Smith’s group discussion on K Art


When a gallery somehow appears out of nowhere, you know there should be a good story behind it. Typically, these types of initiatives come together slowly over a period of years, especially when the gallery has a professional character rather than a pop-up.

The gallery I mean, K Art, that It opened on December 11th, owned by Dave Kimelberg, a corporate attorney who lives in Buffalo, but has an office in Manhattan, USA. For the past decade, Kimelberg has been traveling from Buffalo to NYC. But it was only recently that he bought 808 Main Street, in order to place his local law offices on the third floor, he decided it was time to honor his American ancestors because his mother was Seneca Nation, the Bear Clan.

“Dave has always been interested in art,” said K Art, artistic director, Brook Leeuf, who was looking for a job in West New York as well as across the country. well-known artists, esteemed to exhibit – artists who usually perform in New York, Toronto, Miami, and so on. are displayed. “She wanted to do something with her love of art as well as her native American background.”

Asked about the sudden appearance of the gallery and the team’s ability to capture this impressive feat, Leboff said: “It was all Dave’s handiwork. In the case of appearing “practically overnight,” when he gets an idea, he moves on, with or without a pandemic. “

Considering K Art, the professional approach to the space is amazing. “It’s also a shared space,” Leboff pointed out. “We looked at the top boutique galleries and NYC collaboration venues and then designed K Art. The space for collaboration is for people of beginning creative careers. ”

What is very unique in K Art is that it is said to be the only commercial art space in the country dedicated solely to contemporary North American art that belongs to a person who has an American ancestry. What a tribute. And how fortunate it is that Buffalo is home to such a treasure trove – a treasure trove that reflects (and is overlooked and underestimated) the important history of our region, the native history of the Americas, which we hope to better understand with the presence of this new gallery .

“This is an invaluable work at the right time,” Leboff said, referring to the environmental crisis and the role and responsibilities we need to protect Mother Earth.

Yes, there could not have been a better time to showcase contemporary works by Native Americans who have a wealth of knowledgeable legends to share with their creations. To this end, Kimelberg and Leboff have compiled an interesting video that will help set the gallery’s mission (combating the loss of national culture), while introducing some of the contributing artists.

As shown in FIG Artistic Director K Art, Leboff, who was before a stage artist writer / commentator for the Buffalo News, in Albright-Knox has served as project coordinator for the Beyond / In WNY 2010 art exhibition and as curator of the fine arts for Buffalo Art Studio. was able to fill the role as a skilled ‘finder and connector’ of the newly created gallery.

Together, Kimelberg and Leboff have created a cultural space that contributes immensely to the city’s growing art scene.

On Thursday, January 28, they invite the public to participate in a virtual discussion related to the program and mission of K Art. Event, sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, should be held at 19:00 Eastern Time (USA and Canada).

Brooke Leboff, G .; Join Peter Jamison, Angelik Schimanek, and David Kimelberg as they discuss the importance of this venture for ongoing conversations on important issues in North American society.

To register for group discussion, Click here.

K Art located at K Haus Development in 808 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 | (716) 768-3633 | contact@thek.art

Leading images: (LR) Brooke Leebouf, G .; Peter Jameson LHD, Angelik Schimanek and Dave Kimelberg. Photo courtesy of K Art and Hobart Colleges and William Smith

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