Meditations in Paint

A peaceful painting experience guided by local artist D’Arsie Manzella.

Join us as we listen to music and allow our brushes to move paint across paper in a non-structured way.

Painting in this way allows the mind to rest and the eyes to delight in the colors, lines and forms that emerge.We will explore with watercolor media as we focus on the process instead of the result.

Tuesday, March 10 – 6-8 pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 6-8 pm

Registration Required. Limit 10 participants. To register email barker@netsync.net, call 716-672-8051 or stop by the circulation desk.

New Historical Museum Curator!

Please join us in welcoming Max Walters, the new curator for the Darwin R. Barker Historical Museum!

Max studied history, archaeology, and museum science at Central Michigan University, and went on to focus in museum collections and curatorial practices at Johns Hopkins. His prior museum work was at the Ukrainian American Museum of Detroit, the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, and Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire.

He was originally introduced to the history of Western New York while doing research on the Erie Canal for the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, situated just north of Buffalo on the canal’s western terminus.

“I pursed a career in museums as a way to apply my lifelong interest in history and create memorable exhibits. During school I was very taken by broad historical topics like industrialization and its impacts on culture and politics, but after my more recent work in museums I’ve become increasingly interesed in narrowing in on the stories of specific people and small communities. This approach reveals fascinating glimpses into life during different eras and it infuses a human element into the broad and abstract historical narratives we study in school.”

Please feel free to stop in and meet Max during regular museum hours, Tuesdays, 4 – 8 pm and Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm. Watch for extended museum hours in the future. We will keep you posted!