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Art gallery builds on 'a huge success,' and public is invited at no charge

A Brooklynite’s polyglot paintings.

Single versions among infinite possibilities.

Art as a never-ending work in progress.

Those describe three of the featured exhibitions that visitors to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery can check out for free starting Sunday.

The gallery will offer free admission to Erie County residents for the week, through April 23, to view its own collection and several exhibitions.

It’s the second year in a row that the Albright-Knox has offered a week of free admission.

During the event held in mid-February last year, about 3,000 visitors came through the doors of the Elmwood Avenue gallery.

That was an increase in overall admissions of 35 percent, compared with the same period the year before, Albright-Knox officials said. Additionally, the number of general admission visitors, having removed regular program attendance, was up by 165 percent.

Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén called last year’s event “a huge success.”

“One of the things that we are trying to do today through various forms of community engagement and initiatives, such as the ‘Erie County free’ week, is to share with the population of our region, the citizens of Erie County, what they have in their art gallery,” Sirén said.

“It is your gallery. It is our gallery. We are all co-owners of this institution.”

In this year’s budget, Erie County is providing $554,000 for general operating expenses and $60,600 for the gallery’s public art curator.

In addition to the gallery’s collection, several exhibitions will be available for viewing, including the works of Erin Shirreff, “For the Love of Things: Still Life” and “Torey Thornton: Sir Veil” in the 1905 Building; and “Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning” in the Gallery for New Media.

Also on display will be the 2016 AK Teens: Future Curators Exhibition, Viewpoint in the Clifton Hall Link. That exhibition will open Friday.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays.

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