For more than a year, with short breaks for reshuffling, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s small gallery on the first floor of Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) has been the best possible place to take the artistic pulse of the region.
Thanks to the exhaustive and exhausting work of three intrepid curators, whose seven-part “Amid/In Western New York” has distilled the creative spirit of the 716 into a series of prettily packaged surprise-fests, frequent Hallwalls gallerygoers can now consider themselves experts in the diverse landscape of local art, circa 2016-17.
The series, which avoids the fanfare and expense of the regional biennial but achieves many of the same effects, wraps up on March 11 with its final installment. The ultimate show, which runs through April 29, features an as-expected melange of drawing, sculpture, video, painting and digital work.
Also as usual, the exhibition features veterans of the area’s art world alongside less recognizable names. There’s sculpture by Gary Sczerbaniewicz and seemingly cute knitted figures by Kurt Treeby, painting by Mary Begley and Annie Dunsky, a large wall drawing by popular artist Fotini Galanes and video work by Phil Hastings. There will also be drawings, digital and traditional, by Barbara Buckman, Lily Booth and Laura Brothers.
In total, Hallwalls’ “Amid/In” series has featured 300 works by 66 regional artists, resulting from 202 studio visits from curators John Massier, Kyle Butler and Rebecca Wing. It’s safe to say, even before the final exhibition opens to the public, that it’s been a good run.
Visit hallwalls.org or call 854-1694.