In Buffalo, those of us who trudge around at ground level are inured to the grit and grime of the city. And sometimes it takes an ascent to the observation deck of City Hall or some other lofty vantage point to be reminded of the natural beauty that surrounds us.
But all painter Michael Herbold has to do is look out his studio window. The artist's workspace in Buffalo's Prospect Hill neighborhood affords him a view of the Niagara River and of Canada along with the built environments on either side of the border. And that space, at the edge of the urban landscape that gives way to the natural beauty of the water and the sky, is what many of his paintings capture.
Herbold's style and approach, according to a release from the gallery, is similar to the painters of the Hudson River School, "who valued the beautiful and awesome aspects of nature in a landscape that was no longer pristine."
A solo exhibition of his work opens at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Nina Freudenheim Gallery (140 North St.), where it will remain on view through Oct. 9. For more information, call 882-5777 or visit www.ninafreudenheimgallery.com.
- Colin Dabkowski