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Sweet treats greet guests at Bryce Allen’s VanOver Fine Arts Gallery ‘Fractured Imminence’ opening

SCOOP ME SOME OF THAT STUFF — The Gelato Gypsy, Amy DiSarno, scoops some of her homemade sweet treat for gallery owner Richard VanOver.

SPRINGVILLE — A red vintage gelato cart, strung with Christmas lights, greeted visitors to the VanOver Fine Art Gallery “Fractured Imminence” opening on Sept. 7. The lights pointed to the theme of the work, which played with light, darkness and regrowth.

Once inside, mixed-media drawings and paintings by Bryce Allen became the focus. Many of Allen’s pieces showed what he called “a gripping balance of darkness and regrowth, portrayed through images of nature.”

Allen said that his main objective, through his art, was “to show growth in dead corners.”

BETWEEN THE LIGHT AND DARKNESS — Artist Bryce Allen opened his newest exhibit, “Fractured Imminence” at VanOver Fine Art Gallery in Springville on Sept. 7. Photos by Andrew Manzella.

The inspiration for one of his pieces, featuring a pear tree, stemmed from an experience Allen had, several years ago. The drawing portrays a pear tree from his own backyard which was devastated during the October 2006 snowstorm.

“It totally destroyed the tree,” Allen said. “We kept the stump there, then 5 or 6 years later, the branches were growing from the roots and they were growing pears. It was cool to see that happen.”

East Aurora residents Diane and Todd Lehmann said that they come to most of the VanOver openings and have even purchased pieces, in the past. “He picks up good artists to have here and [Bryce Allen’s] stuff is exceptional,” said Diane Lehmann. “I think it’s very nice work.”

ART APPRECIATORS UNITE — Diane and Todd Lehmann of East Aurora are regulars at VanOver Fine Arts Gallery’s openings, and said they have bought pieces from the events, in the past.

Amy DiSarno, of Buffalo, who calls herself the Gelato Gypsy, set up her cart in front of the gallery on 49 East Main St. According to DiSarno, the semi-nomadic nature of the gourmet gelato cart does not stop people from finding out where she is going to park next, thanks to her use of Facebook and Twitter, to track the treats.

DiSarno’s flavors are all homemade, and accordingly, subject to change. The gypsy said that she could embody Allen’s work in a dish of three flavors: “Tartufo al Bacio, which is dark chocolate hazelnut; the Blood Orange Sorbetto and the Gran Stracciatella, because you just kind of strewn the chocolate through the cream base, Pollock-style.”

The gallery’s B-side featured work from previous shows, refreshments and Sammie Noeson, a massage therapist from Orchard Park, who had her massage chair set up, among the art, for five-minute treatments. Noeson has offered massage sessions in such venues as the Beans to Brew cafe and a July VanOver opening.


According to Noeson, massage fits right in at an art gallery. “I think a lot of people think that art is relaxing, and massage is relaxing,” she said, of the synergy between the two mediums.

Richard VanOver, the gallery’s curator and owner, also shows his own work, in addition to featuring both local and nationally-known artists. He said that he works with mixed media as well as sculpture, but prefers oil paint.

VanOver said he is looking forward to the rest of Bryce Allen’s show, which will run through Nov. 2.

On the docket for October is the opening of the gallery’s next show, which will take over the B-Side on Oct. 5. “We’ll have the opening of the Grimm group show, which is where all the artwork is based off of Grimm’s fairytales,” said VanOver.

The gallery can be reached at or by phone at 592-8255. The hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. and Saturday, 1-6 p.m.


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2013-09-16 | 10:51:41
Thanks for mentioning @GelatoGypsy I'll be in Springville again for Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 21st and in October also for SCREAMSVILLE with Beans to Brew on Main st. Head to to follow.