Exhibitions

Mickey Harmon: The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves

March 21st – May 10th, 2014
Opening: March 21st, 6pm-9pm

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On his deathbed, Grover Cleveland reportedly said: “One day, I will be better remembered.” Unfortunately for him, that day has finally arrived. From his lust for life as a bachelor in the burgeoning city of Buffalo, to his reckless climb to the top of the political and social ladder of the 19th century, to his entirely fabricated mental angst and inner turmoil, to his remarkable mustache, The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves remembers our 22nd (and 24th!) President better than he ever could have hoped.

Originally cast as a series of illustrations by artist Mickey Harmon, The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves project has expanded into an artist book that will feature writing by local author Scott Mancuso. Mancuso will give a reading from the book at the Opening Reception on March 21st at 7:30pm.

Mickey Harmon is a graphic designer and illustrator born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His work has been featured in numerous local outfits such as Block Club, City Dining Cards, and Visit Buffalo Niagara. He is an illustrator who prides himself on using our local cityscape as his inspiration. He is 30 years old and resides in the Elmwood Village and has no plans of leaving.

Scott Mancuso is a man. He is also a cuso. Fittingly, he was born in Western New York’s place of birth, Batavia, and now lives in Western New York’s place of living, Buffalo. He currently writes for buffaBLOG, the website, and has had fictional work published in Block Club, the magazine.

Harmon & Mancuso’s show is the second in the 12 x 14 series at WNYBAC, which features 5 artists over the course of 12 months; each artists is charged with conducting a free hands-on workshop that will be open to the general public, as well as producing a print that measures 12″ x 14″ that will be compiled in an end-of-the-year, limited-edition portfolio.

12 x 14 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo & New York State Legislature.