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2017-12-07 / Local News

Lancaster alumnae to host senior show in downtown Buffalo

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by MARIA PERICOZZI


Katie Malecki, left, and Chloe Mitchell, both Lancaster alumnae, will host an art show as a capstone project for Buffalo State College’s design program. 
Photo by Maria Pericozzi Katie Malecki, left, and Chloe Mitchell, both Lancaster alumnae, will host an art show as a capstone project for Buffalo State College’s design program. Photo by Maria Pericozzi Katie Malecki and Chloe Mitchell knew for years that they wanted to pursue a career in art. Malecki wanted to be an artist, and Mitchell wanted to be a fashion designer.

“I feel like artistic people know from the start what they want to do,” Malecki said.

Both Malecki and Mitchell are seniors at Buffalo State College in the communication design program and will be graduating in the spring. They graduated from Lancaster High School in 2013 and became friends after starting the program at Buffalo State.

“We knew each other in high school but didn’t talk much because we didn’t have classes together,” Malecki said. “[In college] our field is pretty small, so we’re all pretty close.”

As part of the capstone project for their degrees, they were required to host a senior show. Malecki and Mitchell were responsible for planning every aspect of the show and said it was quite a process.

“We did everything ourselves,” Malecki said, “from finding the place, to printing and designing everything.”

The opening reception of the show will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Main St. Gallery, 515 Main St., Buffalo. Their show will be on display until Dec. 13. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All ages are welcome, and there will be free drinks and snacks for those who attend the opening.

Malecki’s show, called “Cinematic Sequel,” is about rebranding the Transit Drive-In. Her show was inspired by Art Deco, a style of art that first appeared in France, just before World War I.

“I used a lot of vintage colors in my designs,” Malecki said. “I wanted it to have more of an illustrated feel, because that’s kind of what I do.”

When Malecki was growing up, one of her favorite pastimes was going to the drive-in.

“The drive-in is kind of a dying industry,” Malecki said. “I wanted to commemorate it and bring back the feeling of excitement that it used to bring, when it was super popular.”

Mitchell’s show, called “Transforming Tresses,” is about re-branding her aunt’s hair salon, called Tresses.

“I wanted to give the salon a completely new look,” said Mitchell, who worked to make new business cards and all the essentials that a salon needs to have a more modern look.

“My aunt owns the salon and works there as a stylist,” Mitchell said. “I wanted to help her out and help out a local business.”

Both Malecki and Mitchell always liked drawing and illustrations but wanted to use their love for art in a practical way. In the future, both would like to remain in this area.

Mitchell said the program at Buffalo State College is tough and hard to get through, but it prepared them for the real world.

Malecki said the professors teach the students about new ways to think and to grow as a designer.

“It was a big workload from the beginning,” Malecki said. “But it prepares you for the real world industry.”

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