Art Has An Impact

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Every piece of artwork at the Impact Artists’ Gallery was done by an artist in Western New York.

“This is the Impact Artists Gallery and it’s our 20th year anniversary,” Founder Diane Menchetti said.

Menchetti started the gallery and has been running it ever since. She is now stepping down as president but still overseeing the facility to make sure the community benefits from all that it has to offer. One of their main exhibits and fundraiser is the Health Healing and Art Show.

“This show is open to artists and non-artist that feels that the process of doing it was healing in any way. Even if it just relaxes them,” Menchetti said.

The gallery even targets young artists, holding exhibits for school-aged children.

“Every year we have a youth exhibit. Last year, it was an anti-bullying theme and this year it's a peace theme,” Menchetti said.

Menchetti's passion not only lies in the gallery, she also is an art therapist helping people through her talent.

“I belong to an association Art Without Boundaries. It's a group who works with people with brain impairments. We do many different activities but the main thing is a painting they do,” Menchetti said.

Maria Kowalski is taking over as Board President of Impact. She said Diane has given so much to the community through her love for art she is being honored at a dinner later in the month. Kowalski also said it's been a challenge to keep the gallery going strong all these years.

“They certainly have put their blood sweat and tears into this place. I find it terribly remarkable that they have done such a remarkable job,” Maria Kowalski said.

Menchetti and her crew said they can't do it alone. They need the community's help and are asking for donations to keep this gallery alive with creativity.

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