Back in 2019, Shea’s Seneca went under some major restoration and was reopened as an event space called The Show. Now, a few years later, the historic venue is gaining another form of life with the addition of Gallery Josephine.
Behind the new exhibition space is Resource:Art (R:A), a fine art consulting firm founded by Buffalo-based gallerists Elisabeth Samuels and Emily Tucker in 2014. The firm’s mission is to expand the visibility of regional artists’ work, while taking art viewing outside the traditional “white box” gallery.
Needless to say, when R:A was approached by the founders of The Show at Shea’s Seneca to occupy a portion of the new event center with curated rotating exhibits, they were thrilled by the opportunity.
“Much like our gallery project Raft of Sanity on Buffalo’s West Side we feel especially excited to be part of a neighborhood on the rise,” Emily Tucker said.
The Seneca Street gallery space, Gallery Josephine was named in honor of the wife of the famed former theater’s creator Michael Shea. Josephine was by Shea’s side through good times and bad as he built major theaters in the WNY area and beyond.
Beyond the draw of patrons to the gallery space, the location is also pretty ideal. Along the strip you’ll find: Public Espresso, Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve, and Cookies and Cream —all of whom recently opened their doors on Seneca Street.
The gallery officially held its grand opening at the end of April, but visitors are highly encouraged to take the time to come out for the current exhibit on display and also check out the gorgeous renovations that were made to the space.