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Hallwalls’ “Amid/In,” an ever-expanding survey of regional art, continues

For almost a year, a trio of local curators have been strolling through the studios of more than 100 local artists in search of objects and projects that tickle their individual, collective and ultimately unpredictable fancies. The result has been “Amid/In Western New York,” an ambitious project with a nonchalant pose. It started as a one-shot deal, later grew into a five-part series and now threatens to stretch well into 2016 with a total of seven separate exhibitions.

“Then that’s it, really,” Hallwalls curator John Massier said. “We wanted to open it up to allow for sufficient breadth.”

The ever-expanding breadth of this inspired project will be on full display in the fourth installment in the series, opening Friday and running through Oct. 30. This show includes the work of six artists working in a range of media. It includes the cheeky paintings of former News Art Critic Richard Huntington, the video work of Liz Bayan, the inflatable drawings of Benjamin Entner, the collagelike oil paintings of Dorothy Fitzgerald, sculpture by Liz Lessner and figurative painting by Jason Seeley.

The show, like the series, “has no specific theme and is seeking to root out whatever people have going on at this moment,” according to a Hallwalls release. “It is a casual survey, intensely wrought.”

It opens with a casual reception at 8 p.m. Friday. The final three parts – Massier promises – are slated for November, January and March. Call 854-1694 or visit hallwalls.org.

– Colin Dabkowski

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