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Castellani Art Museum to screen video profiles of local artists

For the past several years, Buffalo videographers including Jon Hand and Nathan Peracciny have been creating a series of sensitive, searching and beautifully shot profiles of local artists and longtime members of the Buffalo Society of Artists. Those profiles, which delve deeply into the artists’ working processes and the rich cultural history of Western New York, are the centerpiece of the Castellani Art Museum’s latest series of Tuesday morning “Meet Me at the CAM” events.

The five-part series, featuring the living artists appearing and answering questions, launches May 17 with speakers Charles Clough, Lynn Northrop and Russell Ram. It continues through June 14.

The series is also meant to mark the BSA’s yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary, which continues through November.

“Meet Me at the CAM” continues on May 24 with a program featuring films about Dianne Baker, Jeanette Blair, Pat Fortunato and Margaret Martin. Bruce Blair and Beth Pedersen will answer questions about Jeanette Blair and Martin, respectively. On May 31, the program features films about Rita Argen Auerbach, John Mielcarek, Victor Shanchuk, Norine Spruling and Carol Townsend. The final two events are slated for June 6 (with films on Todd Chalk, Donna Jordan Dusel and Anita Johnson) and June 14 (Bill Maggio, Shirley Rosenthal and Donald Scheller).

“This type of program is something that was visualized many moons ago and it is so exciting to see it come to light,” BSA member and series organizer Beth Pedersen said in a statement. “Through this we are further fulfilling our desire to use these works as an educational and cultural tool for the Western New York community.”

For more information, visit castellaniartmuseum.org or call 286-8200.

-Colin Dabkowski