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A Closer Look: Fotini Galanes' drawing project at The Park School

Artist: Fotini Galanes // K-12 drawing project at The Park School of Buffalo

In the art world lately, participation is the name of the game.

From Felice Koenig's fascinating "Drawing Together" exhibition in Big Orbit Gallery and Leon Botstein's recent plea for participation at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to public art projects that have involved ever-expanding segments of the community, getting pencils and paintbrushes into the hands of the masses has moved up several spots on the priority lists of curators and artists.

One case in point is The Park School of Buffalo's recent project let by local artist Fotini Galanes, known for her meticulous graphite drawings of abstract formations, which look like strange rock formations or interconnected strands of cartoonish hair. One example:

"Conspiracy," a drawing by Fotini Galanes.

"Conspiracy," a drawing by Fotini Galanes.

Starting last fall at The Park School of Buffalo, Galanes participated in a program designed to introduce students to the arts via hands-on exercises based on her art. This video, produced by Park School media teacher Steve Powell, gives a sense of how the project unfolded and what students got out if. (Hint: a great deal.)

Making Marks from The Park School of Buffalo on Vimeo.

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