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OPENING WEEKEND

This is the weekend that launches what is perhaps the biggest multivenue biennial to hit any city anywhere -- "Beyond/In Western New York 2005." This wide-ranging art exhibition, the collabortive work of 13 Western New York galleries and museums, begins tonight in three venues and continues Saturday in two more, with additional openings scheduled for the following two weekends.

Tonight: University at Buffalo Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst, will hold an opening from 5 to 7 p.m. for three artists who, in varying ways, deal with the earth and landscape. Carnegie Art Center, in a 6:30 to 8:30 opening, will present another three, including the haunting work of sculptor Patrick Robideau, in 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. Then, from 8 to 10, UB's Anderson Gallery, on Martha Jackson Place off Englewood, will fete artists Sadko and Kate Ross in an opening.

Saturday night: CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St., Suite 201, will present seven artists who work in a variety of photographic mediums including digital and media arts. The opening is from 5 to 7 p.m. Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 700 Main St., will follow in an opening from 6:30 to 11, with seven more artists, including the quixotic work of sculptor/painter Alfonso Volo.