Flying Bison’s “Flight Gallery” generates buzz for local artists

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A brewery might not be the first place you’d expect to find an art gallery- but Flying Bison’s new Flight Gallery is creating some buzz. 

The new gallery, now on its third exhibition, is located inside of the brewery’s taproom and is the first thing patrons see when they walk in. 

“I’d say at least 1,000 people walk by this wall each month,” Parrish Gibbons Herzog, curator of Flight Gallery said. “It’s a lot of exposure.” 

The gallery is open during taproom hours. 

“The goal is to make artwork really accessible for the general public that might not normally walk into a gallery, but would venture out to explore the new booming beer industry in Buffalo,” Herzog said. 

Many of the exhibitions so far have been centered around Buffalo, she added. 

“Attendees can really relate to the work and see things they themselves might have seen,” Herzog said. 

The current exhibition, “Without Time” by Undergrounds Coffee owner and photographer Sara Heidinger, fits that pattern. 

“It’s a collection of photos I’ve taken over the past couple of years at the Outer Harbor,” she said. “Growing up in the First Ward, it’s right around the corner and I feel very connected to the space.” 

Heidlinger majored in photography at McKinley High School and began doing it on her own after graduation. 

Some of the photos in the exhibition were taken with her camera- and others were taken with her iPhone .

“I had a teacher in high school who told me your camera is like your hammer-if you know how to use it you can use it well,” Heidlinger said. “No matter what camera you have at your fingertips, you should be able to use it.” 

The Flight Gallery is booked through 2019 and into 2020 with local artists. Exhibitions kick off with a reception, usually on the second Saturday of the month, and they are displayed for two months. 

Upcoming exhibitions for the rest of the year are as follows: 

June: Tim Herzog

August: Christopher Kameck

October: Jennifer Ryan

December: Edreys Wajed

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