Art Exhibit Looks Back At Love Canal Disaster

“The Love Canal Revisited” exhibition is currently taking place at the Adams Art Gallery, 600 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 26.

Tricia Butski’s recent body of work examines the generational effects of one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of the United States. Her upcoming exhibition will be a compilation of paintings, artifacts from the industrial site, and maps depicting how the paintings relate to the toxic wasteland that was once a community.

This series documents Butski’s connection to the Love Canal tragedy through her mother’s experience growing up on the industrial site and the generational effects it has brought upon her family over the years. The Love Canal crisis received national and international attention as the entire neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., had to be relocated due to the amount of toxins in the soil and groundwater. Although much of the disaster’s details have been forgotten, generations continue to suffer from its shattering effects.

Butski is an artist from Wheatfield, N.Y. Her work has been presented in art festivals and gallery exhibitions throughout Western New York.

Open gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m. or by appointment.