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Museums, galleries offer antidote to holiday stress

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the physical, mental and financial demands of the season -- and few of us aren't -- there's a cheap supply of stress relief in abundant supply this time of year.

It comes in the form of exhibitions in area galleries and museums, many of which remain open during this holiday week to provide intellectual nourishment to the exhausted masses.

Highlights include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's "Art of the Senses," which lets visitors explore artwork through touch, smell, sound and even taste, as well as its exhibitions on the intersection of art and architecture ("Window to Wall") and artists' interpretations of Niagara Falls. Across the street, the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) features its biannual "Art in Craft Media" show, a multi-sensory delight in itself, along with shows featuring the watercolors of Charles Burchfield, the photographs of Milton Rogovin and the work of Buffalo's newly formed Urban Arts Collective.

In smaller spaces, shows to see include a meditative exhibition of new abstractions by Sarah Myers in 1120 Projects (1120 Main St.), a stark collection of paintings by Rodney Taylor in Nina Freudenheim Gallery (140 North St.) and a show of Robert N. Blair's swirling watercolors in Meibohm Fine Arts (478 Main St., East Aurora).

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