A Memoir of the Polly King Portrait Ladies paint your portrait.
A Memoir of the Polly King Portrait Ladies paint your portrait.
A Memoir of the Polly King Portrait Ladies paint your portrait.
A Memoir of the Polly King Portrait Ladies paint your portrait.

A Memoir of the Polly King Portrait Ladies paint your portrait." and our local artists. A lot Rutkowski

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    6Portrait Ladies~

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    stories unfold

    W e all need to know more about Polly King's

    "Portrait Ladies." But first, we need to

    know a bit more about Polly King.

    You walk inside the Polly King Art Gallery at 670 Chilton Ave. and you can't help but be over- whelmed by the paintings.

    Though I . . ~CHEI:.E- -·-···never'had ' D ELUCA the

    • chance to meet her, it's easy to · .see a bit of her soul when you stand in the rooms where

    COMMENTARY she used to live

    md worlc. Light and color burst from every image. It's hard_ to spot a painting that 1s not compelling.

    I have been a fan ?f Polly King's worlc s~nce I first saw it. Full disclo- sure, one of he_r gra~d- sons is a longtune friend of my husband and he and his family are dear ~o me but that's not why Im captMited by her work. There's a secondary story about her son; D_on, bat- tling his whole life to get his mother her due.

    The quantity-and qual-. it of her work is ummag1- n!ble until you see it with

    . r own eyes. There you See DELUCA, Page 5A

    MICHELE DELUCA/Staff Don King stands in the Polly King Art Gallery, showing some of his mother's work. Behind him Is Sandra Rutkowski, who has spent 22 years documenting the lives of the more than 200 Niagara Falls women in Polly King's "Portrait Ladles" series. They are joined by Sandra's husband, Bill, who assists her In her hunt for the ladles' history.

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