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Carrying a table carved in the body of a guitar, Pat Stack scoured the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts for pieces to decorate the music room he’s putting together. Stack regards the Elmwood festival as one of his favorites, and he said he’s attended at least the last dozen years. “It’s a little bit more eclectic,” the Youngstown man said. “You find the od…

Carrying a table carved in the body of a guitar, Pat Stack scoured the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts for pieces to decorate the music room he’s putting together. Stack regards the Elmwood festival as one of his favorites, and he said he’s attended at least the last dozen years. “It’s a little bit more eclectic,” the Youngstown man said. “You find the od…

In his first big move as director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Janne Sirén announced this week that the gallery has purchased a major new painting by the German-born artist Anselm Kiefer that will go on view in a yearlong exhibition opening Nov. 17.And public reaction to the piece also will play a part.The 2012 landscape, titled “der Morgenthau Plan” after an unr…

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the Elmwood Village’s crunchier, funkier and more localist answer to the larger Allentown Art Festival, will turn a three-block stretch of the city into a bastion of Buffalo-based arts and culture Saturday and Sunday.The 14th version of the fest, considered the symbolic closing parenthesis to Buffalo’s busy festival season, will…

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the Elmwood Village’s crunchier, funkier and more localist answer to the larger Allentown Art Festival, will turn a three-block stretch of the city into a bastion of Buffalo-based arts and culture Saturday and Sunday.The 14th version of the fest, considered the symbolic closing parenthesis to Buffalo’s busy festival season, will…

Among Buffalo’s innumerable summer festivals, one of the most bittersweet is surely the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, a grass-roots affair that celebrates the city’s swirling artistic culture. If you find yourself getting too melancholy about the imminence of sweater season, a good cure would be a long stroll down Elmwood Avenue on Saturday or Sunday between the hours …

There is an abstract painting by Moira Jane Dryer in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery collection that features a riot of streaked green acrylic paint punctuated by several black dots.The painting is alluring enough on its own, but what really makes the piece resonate is a metal music stand positioned just to its left. It suggests something strange and central about the inters…

There is an abstract painting by Moira Jane Dryer in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery collection that features a riot of streaked green acrylic paint punctuated by several black dots.The painting is alluring enough on its own, but what really makes the piece resonate is a metal music stand positioned just to its left. It suggests something strange and central about the inters…

Three new murals were recently unveiled on highly visible public structures in Buffalo, providing a welcome splash of color commentary on the city’s changing streetscape and culture.The side of Lorigo’s Meating Place, a butcher shop on Grant Street, now features a collaborative mural completed through an ambitious project overseen by Young Audiences of Western New York…

For a certain sort of Buffalo art lover, the highlight of the year is in late July, when dozens of people bring their blankets and picnic spreads to Days Park and settle in for Squeaky Wheel’s popular Outdoor Animation Festival. This year, the event was moved inside Squeaky’s Main Street headquarters because of rain, so the organizers decided to have another go. Its en…

A Catholic nun and an expert in Mayan spirituality will hang their artwork side by side in a new exhibition in Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.) designed to explore the common threads between artistic and spiritual pursuits. Sister Mary Ann Therese Kelly, an accomplished stained glass artist whose work is in private homes and houses of worship throughout Western New York, wi…

City of Night, the manic and many-splendored arts festival that seemed to spring up from nowhere last September to become one of the most buzzed-about cultural events of 2012, returns to the Silo City complex of grain elevators and industrial buildings on Saturday night.The improved and more polished event organized by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo will feature a ve…

Some of the most important works at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, from Jackson Pollock’s riotous “Convergence” to major works by Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent van Gogh, are about to see the country.For the first time in decades, the Buffalo treasures will be part of a national touring show, visiting Denver, San Diego, Milwaukee and Bentonville, Ark., the home of …

New murals now decorate the Buffalo urbanscape, one on Grant Street and two others on opposite sides of a parking garage at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.