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When Jeremiah Goodman was 4 years old, he fell out of his parents’ car and broke his right arm. Given a box of crayons while he was recovering, he taught himself to draw left-handed and developed a passion for art. And that was the beginning of his life as an artist. Mr. Goodman, who signed his works simply Jeremiah, became renowned as an illustrator and for his at…

KENT, Ohio - “I held it in pretty much really well up until Kent State and I just lost it, and actually had to leave the studio and walk around for ten minutes, just to collect myself,” said Dominic Tavella, a re-recording mixer on “PBS Previews: The Vietnam War,” about his experience working on the Ken Burns, Lynn Novick directed film, “The Vietnam War,” which…

The Burchfield Penney Art Center, whose director, Anthony Bannon, departed earlier this year after his second stint at the helm, is charging ahead in his absence with a series of compelling exhibitions. Here's a look at three well worth your time: "A Dream World of Imagination: Charles E. Burchfield's Golden Year," through Nov. 26 If you're feeling the least b…

A trip to a hermetic, white-walled art gallery during Buffalo's brief and brilliant summers rarely seems as enticing as the sun-soaked alternatives. But for culture-lovers among us, a switch flips in late August, when thoughts of outdoor festivals and languid afternoons turn to the comfort of familiar indoor spaces. Among them are the region's dozens of galleries and…

In 2011, just before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Richard Sean Manning had a stroke of inspiration. The Lockport artist and entrepreneur, who retired at age 40 from his job as an executive at a Florida technology company, decided to create one original artwork for each of the approximately 3,000 victims of the attacks. Manning is now more than halfway to his goal, h…

Cynnie Gaasch, who expanded Young Audiences of Western New York from a wayward non-profit into a regional leader in arts education, is leaving the organization after more than eight years at the helm. The move, which Gaasch announced to board members and Young Audiences donors in July, will be effective at the end this month. During her tenure at the organization, wh…

In 2014, the Buffalo curator Anna Kaplan opened a sleek, white-walled gallery space in a former warehouse and started building a stable of artists with national potential. This week, her renovated gallery will reopen in the same location under the name Anna Kaplan Contemporary. Its inaugural show will feature new paintings by Amanda Besl, a gifted Buffalo painter and ar…

No human impulse is more basic than the drive to explore. This compulsion -- from grand expeditions to aimless wanderings -- is at the heart of an ambitious  exhibition set to open Sept. 8 in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery in Amherst and the UB Anderson Gallery. "Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017," which also features a dozen ancillary events a…

1) National Buffalo Wing Fest, noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Tickets are $5 each day. Children 8 years and younger get in for free. The festival guide PDF will answer your questions. Commentary: While the focus is on spicy sauces, creative flavors and eating as messily as possible, the Buffalo Wing Fest has pa…

As theatrical spectacles go, it's been a while since the area has seen anything on the scale of "Big Bang," a French production featuring flying puppets that comes to Artpark on Sept. 2. The same goes for the musical spectacle also planned for Sept. 2, featuring the musician and inventor William Close's attempt to turn the Artpark amphitheater into a gigantic stringed i…

A renowned sculpture was relocated and unveiled Tuesday on Buffalo's Outer Harbor, adding to the number of public artworks displayed on the city's waterfront. "Flat Man," a 30-foot steel sculpture created in 1963 by the late Larry Griffis Jr., is now located on the Greenway Nature Trail near the water's edge. The sculpture was originally installed at Griffis Sculpture P…

There is a stream-of-consciousness quality to the paintings and drawings of Kurt Von Voetsch and Robert Harris, whose work goes on view Sept. 1 in a dual exhibition in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera. Those viewing Von Voetsch or Harris' work for the first time might see its rudimentary execution as a flaw. But fans of these two prolific Buffalo artists understa…

Rose Popper has been a freelance sculptor for Fisher-Price. She was an artist in residence at Artpark. She creates the kind of sculptures that draw the viewer in. They have smooth, curvy surfaces of stone and bronze. Beginning with a reception on Sept. 2, a monthlong exhibit will celebrate Popper and her art. An array of the artist's sculptures will be on display at To…

Before the universe flashed into being 14 billion years ago, nothing existed but a group of crazed theater directors looking for something to do. This is perhaps the least bizarre concept in Les Plasticiens Volants' production of "Big Bang," an immersive theater production involving enormous puppets floating over the crowd. The experimental French theater company, in it…

Two sides of a brick building built 97 years ago on the West Side now showcase a new tribute to Hispanic heritage in Buffalo. A mural by Philadelphia-based artist Betsy Casañas was created in conjunction with the community and dedicated Friday at Niagara and Jersey streets in Buffalo's Hispanic Heritage District. Some members of the public even got to paint a part …