About 45 minutes into Thursday’s Student Culture Expo, Kaitlin Slowe hurried across the Castellani Art Museum’s main gallery to seek the counsel of event organizer Laura J. Brownlie.
“A woman just asked about buying one of my paintings and I have no idea what to tell her,” Slowe, a freshman from LeRoy, N.Y., remarked with an equal amount of effervescence and nervousness.
“Don’t worry about it right now. Ask for her number and you and I will talk about it later,” replied Brownlie with the composure of a public relations professional twice her age.
“I’m just so excited,” Slowe remarked. “I wasn’t planning on selling anything. I didn’t even think I was that good.”
Helping Niagara University students earn some extra pocket change wasn’t Brownlie’s top priority when she conceived the first-ever Student Culture Expo nor, she admits, was providing her peers with a creative outlet.