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So you think you know "Shark Girl"? The sculpture by Cincinnati-based artist Casey Riordan Millard is one of the most talked about, and almost certainly the most photographed, piece of public art in the history of Buffalo. Its appearance at Canalside in 2013 was met with the kind of enthusiasm Buffalonians generally reserve for quarterbacks or goalies. She has frequentl…

Buffalo artist and curator Dana Saylor is suing Artvoice for unpaid artist fees stemming from the weekly newspaper's 25th anniversary party in 2015. Saylor's claim, which will be heard in Buffalo City Court on June 8, seeks payment of about $3,800 she says Artvoice founder and editor Jamie Moses withheld from her and 17 other artists after a disappointing tu…

The paint has been rolled and sprayed on the parking lot at Artpark State Park in Lewiston, and recreation of the 1979 painted parking lot there is expected to be finished Wednesday or Thursday, according to Tanis Winslow, Artpark’s director of visual arts and family programming. Thirty-eight years ago, Gene Davis created “Niagara 1979” by painting 60 2-foot-wide …

Subtlety is not in the repertoire of Bread and Puppet Theater. The socially radical company thrives on critiquing the political order of the moment. Which makes this as good a time as any to see how the company turns the machinations of politics into art. Buffalo audiences will have a chance to take in the company's trademark aesthetic on May 23, when the troupe per…

Let there be more light. Having collaborated on a presentation of music from Wagner's "Ring," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo light-mapping team Projex are working together again. They will be presenting a free event at 9 p.m. July 28 at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. JoAnn Falletta, the BPO's music director, is conducting. The evening will include …

Buffalo's art-world glitterati, if there is such a thing, has rarely gone out of its way to visit Bailey Avenue. But increasingly, there are exceptions. The Bailey Fights Blight initiative has decorated derelict storefronts and other spots along the avenue in recent years. A new, retina-burning, neon green mural by Team Razor Wire now adorns the south and west sides of…

Locust Street Art has an acting director overseeing its operations. Dorothea Braemer has been named acting director since the community art school's recent resignation of director Siddiq Abdul Hakim, who stepped down due to health concerns. Braemer, a media artist and educator, formerly was longtime executive director of Squeaky Wheel media art center on Main Street.…

In October of 2015, a few dozen Buffalo artists and curators huddled in the community room of Buffalo Arts Studio to discuss diversity and elitism in the art world. Most panel discussions on these topics are preach-to-the-choir affairs that rarely produce concrete action. This one was different. Buffalo Arts Studio curator Shirley Verrico and director Alma Carrillo g…

What exactly is the Indeterminacy Festival? Well, that's hard to determine. In fact, that's the concept behind the new and nebulous festival that will explore the notion of the unknown through hands-on workshops, screenings and performances inside a Silo City grain elevator. Organized by Buffalo artist Stanzi Vaubel, a PhD student in the University at Buffalo's m…

Friday is Cinco de Mayo, and Buffalo is more than ready to celebrate the Mexican Army's victory over France in 1862 (or maybe just to take advantage of themed parties and drink margaritas). Browse 15 events to choose from - with some focused on roaring street parties, authentic Mexican fare and solid suburban options. The weekend doesn't stop on Friday, of course, so we…

In a career that spanned half a century, Milton Rogovin made powerful portraits of hundreds of Buffalo residents at home, on city streets and in churches, factories and bars. Though few figures in the history of Western New York art loom larger than Rogovin, the famous documentary photographer's work has been difficult to find in Buffalo since his death in 2011. Th…

In the history of American modernism, few figures wielded more influence while collecting less credit than Mabel Dodge Luhan. A woman of eclectic tastes and eccentric habits, the Buffalo-born patron, tastemaker and bon vivant did for early American modernism what Gertrude Stein did for its European counterpart. Like many women who played major roles in American hi…

Even for those who have visited dozens of times, Niagara Falls still inspires a sense of awe. That's certainly true for the gifted area landscape painter Thomas Kegler, whose series of Niagara Falls paintings in the style of the Hudson River School each capture the majesty and lure of the falls in their own peculiar way. In an exhibition opening May 7, the Castellan…

Buffalo art fans disappointed over the closure of two popular art spaces -- the raw exhibition space at Hi-Temp Fabrication and the grassroots mecca 464 Gallery -- have a new reason to celebrate this week. The Old First Ward, one of Buffalo-best loved neighborhoods, is about to welcome the city's newest visual arts space. Paracosm Arts, a project launched by visual art…

The main building of Lockport's Kenan Center, a handsome red-brick mansion surrounded by century-old hemlocks, often feels more like a friend's house than a museum. The front door creaks. Plush carpet covers cold marble floors. Light pours into the living room through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating meticulous woodwork and period furnishings that seem more inv…