We've entered high mural season on Buffalo's arts scene, as demonstrated by three new eye-catching additions to three historic neighborhoods.
In the Old First Ward, a group of artists is toiling diligently on "The Worker," a tribute to the historic industries responsible for the neighborhood and the city's development and prosperity. The piece is a kind of thank-you present from members of Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo, whose City of Night Festival has promised to leave behind a new piece of public artwork for each of the three years it intends on holding its event in the neighborhood. The artists include Nick Miller, Tom O'Brien, Nicole Cherry, Amanda "Gala" Katzchen and Suzie Molnar Goad, who have been working under the direction of Christopher Kameck and Marissa Lehner and with help from the Old First Ward Community Center.
A look at the progress so far:
According to artist Christopher Kameck, each letter will contain a different vignette depicting some form of Buffalo-based labor or industry. The project, located along Republic Street between Louisiana and Hamburg streets, is expected to be finished by the end of August.
Meanwhile, in Allentown, veteran local painter and (erstwhile?) graffiti artist Tom Holt has teamed up with artists James Moffitt (also known as yames) and Vinny Alejandro to transform the facade of 41 Elmwood Ave. -- an apparent Infringement Fest tradition -- to look like something out of Henri Rousseau. They've also tossed in plenty of graffitiesque vocabulary on the north side of the building. A look (with apologies for the early morning glare):
And Holt is also in the process of working with Moffitt on a wraparound mural adorning the side of a building in Five Points -- the micro-neighborhood on the West Side that is the focus of increasing attention from developers and culture consumers alike. A shot of his progress so far:
Upon completion, these murals will be added to our ever-expanding public art map (several other additions are also pending), which will help you locate noteworthy new murals, sculptures and other public art projects throughout Western New York: