An area resident has captured the beauty of the world via the lens of a camera, and Forte has brought her work to the eyes of the public.
Karen Glosser, a resident of Chautauqua, currently has 17 pieces of her photography on exhibit in the dining room of Forte in Jamestown.
The pieces are an extension of her "Our Beautiful World" series, which was previously on display at Forte for the majority of the year. The first part of the series featured scenes from spring and summer, while the new portion focuses on fall and the transition into winter. To take her interest in nature to a deeper level, Glosser attempts to capture the diversity found in the four seasons of Western New York with her Nikon camera and Nikkor lenses, she said.
Karen Glosser, a resident of Chautauqua, is pictured at Forte of Jamestown with a display of her photography, entitled, “Our Beautiful World.”
P-J photo by Dusten Rader
"Nick Dean and Peggy Kaltenmeier asked me to change it up for the season - so this is 'Our Beautiful World II: Seasons Change,'" Glosser said. "It's beautiful here, every autumn, and it inspires me."
According to Glosser, having her work on display at Forte is a milestone, and a huge honor, she said.
"It's extremely exciting," Glosser said. "When Forte first approached me about it I was a little shocked, but very thrilled. It's an honor to have my work on the walls, especially because I've seen the work that has hung here previously."
Glosser almost exclusively focuses on photographing nature and landscapes, particularly in Western New York, she said.
"I think we are amazingly fortunate where we live," Glosser said. "We have Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie and incredible state parks right here in our own back yard. I love where we live - and I love to take pictures of it."
Glosser, who is a self-taught, self-marketed artist, utilizes social media to promote her work. She is very active on Twitter, and she can be found by searching for @kglosserdesigns.
"It's been huge for me," Glosser said. "I've met so many people within the art world and in many other areas. I've also learned a lot because you can find so much. I think that may be how Nick and Peggy found my work."
Forte, which is located at 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown, is owned and operated by Peggy Kaltenmeier, who according to longtime employee Nick Dean, is a huge supporter of the arts. In addition to Glosser's work, Ashley Ordines' work is also currently on display in the bar area of Forte.
"When I started in 2007, there had already been an emphasis on featuring the works of local artists on the walls," Dean said. "And, the first time I ever stepped into Forte was as a reporter for The Post-Journal to write an article about Matt Hall's paintings - which are now a permanent fixture. Forte has also always had an emphasis on helping to grow downtown, and we've become what's known as the Third Street arts corridor - so what's good for downtown is good for us. Being a supporter of art, yields more art, and we're just happy to be a part of that circle.
"We try to change the art as we change the menu because we like to keep things hip, fresh and new," Dean continued. "We change the menu twice a year, and we just changed it to the fall and winter menu - that's why we wanted to get some of Karen's new seasonal pieces up."
In addition to photography, Glosser also does work with jewelry, to which she is will to take on custom orders. The medium she mainly uses for her jewelry is silver and copper.
Glosser is married to Roy, who works for Veracity Benefits with Northwest Savings Bank. They have a son, Cameron, who is studying business and finance at Cornell University.
For more information, call Glosser at 499-2403, email email@example.com, search for "Karen Glosser Designs" on Facebook or visit karenglosserdesigns.wordpress.com.