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More than two dozen artists are featured in “Changing Seasons: The Byway Experience,” an exhibit inspired by the sights along the Southtowns Scenic Byway, a 108-mile loop between Orchard Park and Ellicottville. The exhibit in the Springville Center for the Arts, 37. N. Buffalo St., Springville, opens Saturday and continues through Nov. 18. A free reception with …

A new sculpture exhibit based on natural forms, “Whispering from the Woods,” will open Saturday in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 5. It features a series of 25 sculptures by Kim Bellavia, an artist based in the Finger Lakes who uses branches, vines, moss and other materials to create works that suggest the hu…

History

You'll find a skeleton in every closet in the netherworld explored by Mason Winfield. Winfield built a business on spinning ghost tales during walking tours he leads through some of the area's more fabled neighborhoods. Allentown, Larkinville and the Roycroft Campus of East Aurora all hold secrets, according to Winfield. This season Winfield partnered with Nickel …

Festivals

1) Central Terminal Oktoberfest, 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 in Buffalo Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Drive). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance here or at the event. Parking is free, and the event is for ages 21 and over. Commentary: The historic Buffalo Central Terminal transforms into a festive party hall with Polish music, as polka band Those Idiots is sla…

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JoAnn Falletta, the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Charles E. Burchfield Award. The Burchfield Penney Art Center, which bestows the award annually, made the announcement Sept. 27. According to the gallery, the award recognizes great achievements in the arts, in addition to honoring commitment to environmental sustainab…

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Since 2009, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the University at Buffalo have co-sponsored one of the more wonderful town-and-gown collaborations Buffalo has seen in recent decades. The Science and Art Cabaret, which brings painters and professors together to explore a chosen theme, has provided plenty of fascinating investigations through the years on concepts rang…

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In the lobby of the Conventus Building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a crumpled ribbon of multicolored fabric stretches across the walls of the airy space. The ribbon, meticulously painted by Buffalo artist Terri Katz Kasimov on 300 feet of canvas, is meant to evoke the construction process and its fusion of disparate parts into a cohesive whole. Those intrigue…

Columns

Ralph Sirianni took his cue from Walter Prochownik, his mentor in life and art. Siranni studied under Prochownik, a renowned painter, in the 1970s at the University at Buffalo. Sirianni, 68, raised on the city's West Side, was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. Prochownik, who left Poland as a young man to escape the invading Nazis, resettled in Buffalo and saw combat d…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which has faced criticism from preservationists over planned alterations to its 1962 addition, has announced the hiring of two consulting firms specializing in preservation issues. In a statement released Monday, the gallery announced that it will work with the Buffalo-based group Preservation Studios, New York City-based PBDW Architects a…

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Kurt Von Voetsch has been fighting brain cancer for eight years. That fight has entered a difficult new phase, and the artist is making no secret of it. The title of the Von Voetsch's new exhibition, opening Friday in Buffalo Arts Studio, is "Stage Four." Von Voetsch's work, paired with assemblages by Rochester artists Heather Layton and Allen Topolski, is a messy ar…

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When Nikola Tesla was a young man growing up in Croatia, as the legend goes, he saw a picture of Niagara Falls and declared at that moment that he would harness the power of all that cascading water. In the last years of the 19th century, Tesla did just that. The world's first major hydroelectric power plant opened at the edge the Niagara River in 1895, successfully tra…

Obituaries

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…