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Rich VanOver shows his art locally and across the Western New York region

VanOver Fine Arts

SPRINGVILLE — Richard Van Over has loved art for as long as he can remember. The Orchard Park native has always been fascinated with the innovation that art offers, he said. Van Over, the owner of VanOver Fine Arts Gallery in Springville, has owned the gallery since November of 2010.

“I moved back to the Buffalo area in 2009, shortly after I purchased the building here in Springville,” said Van Over.

“Owning my own gallery has always been a dream of mine. Once this building became available, I knew that I wanted it. I fell in love with the building. It was built in 1890 and I saw the potential of it immediately. There’s nothing like owning your own building, where you can show off your own work to the public.”

VanOver Fine Arts is a modern contemporary fine arts gallery, which includes many different styles of artwork. The gallery features sculptures, paintings and drawings on display from a number of artists in the area. It also has a slew of national and international works on display.

After graduating from Orchard Park High School, Van Over attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. After college, Van Over moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in the art scene for nearly 15 years.

“Art was always my calling,” said Van Over. “Growing up, I always loved drawing cartoon illustrations. I enjoyed the creativity aspect of art and everything else that came with it. All the different styles and genres of art are so interesting to me. Living out in Los Angeles was amazing; I learned so much about the business, during my time out there. It’s where everything is at. You can actually get paid to use your artistic abilities and I loved that about it.”

Van Over has lived all across the United States, spending time in Chicago, Florida and Arizona. Moving back to Buffalo has given Van Over a different appreciation for art, and he said he likes what the area is doing, as far as the art scene is concerned. “I’ve been really impressed with the art, here in the Buffalo area,” said Van Over.

“I love what they’ve done with the Elmwood area; the Albright Knox and Burchfield Penny Art Center are real nice displays. It’s definitely a growing art scene in this city. There are cool galleries, all over the area. Anyone who loves art should take the opportunity to check out some of these places.”

Van Over currently has some of his work on display at an exhibit in Buffalo. His work was part of the Monster 3.0 event that opened Oct. 25 at 464 Gallery. The 464 Local Art Gallery is located at 464 Amherst St. in Buffalo, and the Monster 3.0 event features monster-themed works from a diverse list of local artists, including Van Over.

The Monster exhibit will be on display until Nov. 3.

“It was a real cool show to attend. It included a lot of interesting pieces of work,” said Van Over.

“It was basically their Halloween show; some of the graphic illustration on display was very impressive. Some of the different visual landscapes were neat to see [and] there is still some time for people to get out there and check out the exhibit, this weekend.”

VanOver Fine Arts Gallery, located at 49 East Main St. in Springville will soon be closing for the upcoming winter months. Beginning on Nov. 2, Van Over’s gallery will be closed until the end of March 2014.

Van Over still plans on having his work on display in exhibits and will continue to do work with the Springville Center for the Arts program. “It’s really hard to get people to come out during the winter months,” said Van Over.

“It’s hard enough to get people to come out when its raining; it is way worse when we’re dealing with snow. I really like doing work with the center for the arts; it’s really cool that we have the program here in town and I enjoy giving back to the community. Teaching the classes for the kids is always fun and I’ll continue to work with Seth [Wochensky], on some of the shows.”

For more information on VanOver Fine Arts, visit www.vanoverfinearts.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VanOverFineArts.
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