Lockport artist Joe Whelan was named the winner of the 6th annual Key to the Locks Award and he'll be honored during a ceremony at the Erie Canal Discovery Center on May 14th.
Whelan's prolific career includes 35 years in the Lockport City Schools District and he's also been a teacher at Niagara County Community College. He's a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and has received a number of Best in Show awards.
But Discovery Center Director Doug Farley said Whelan's generosity was what set him apart.
That ceremony on May 14th will include performances from the Erie Canal Song Contest winners and the Starpoint Middle School chorus.