Kenan Center Announces G(art)en Artist Winners

Temporary art installations will fill Kenan Gardens July 10 & 11 

LOCKPORT – Temporary outdoor art installations are returning to the Kenan Center Gardens on July 10 & 11 during their 2nd Annual g(art)en event.  “This event was launched during Lockport in Bloom last year to encourage the community to engage with the Kenan Campus in a safe way, while supporting regional artists,” says Parrish Gibbons Herzog, Kenan Center Development and PR Manager.  

After a review of several proposals from the community, four artists were selected to be on display during g(art)en. Each artist with installation title: 

  • Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi – Ceramic Flowers 
  • Robin Gabriella Damiano – Fairy Garden Sculptures 
  • Ellen Martin (Lockport Public Arts Council) – Funnions 
  • Brian and Kim Christy – Passing By 

Each artist will receive a stipend to support the creation of their work. The artist stipends are sponsored by the Greater Lockport Development Corporation, Kavinoky Cook LLP and Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union. 

Ellen Martin of the Lockport Public Arts Council is one of the selected artists. “My concept is to create small alliums using hundreds of yarn pom poms on wooden skewers in various sizes and at varied heights. I am a big fan of “portmanteaux” which is a blend of two words so instead of fake or faux onions, we would call this “fun-yuns” or “funnions””, says Martin. “The installation would be 500-1000 pieces. I would like to keep this on a section of the grass.” 

G(art)en overlaps with the Kenan Center American Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Weekend on the Kenan Center Campus which includes: the American Craftsmen Artisan Fair, Lockport in Bloom, Chalk Walk, live music and more. Information about all of these events, and to purchase an Artisan Fair Shopping Pass, visit or call 716-433-2617.