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As the demographic makeup of Western New York shifts to include many more cultures, a natural curiosity among the region’s longtime residents has taken hold. From the recently opened West Side Bazaar on Grant Street to Ujima Theatre’s laudable efforts to put refugee voices on its stage, the new infusion of global culture is finding its way into many of our arts institu…

An exhibition of mixed-media paintings drawn from nature by Woodstock-based artist Mariella Bisson will go on view Saturday in the Olean Public Library (134 N. Second St., Olean). Bisson, who was born in Vermont and began her obsession with painting by browsing through prints in her local library, has long been churning out geometric collages that seem to borrow in equal p…

For Buffalo-based artist and designer Terry Todoroff, a trip to the movies may carry him far beyond his neighborhood movie theater. As an international traveler afflicted with apparently endless wanderlust, Todoroff has spent years visiting distant locations he’s seen in films – from Transylvania to Tanzania – and documenting those trips in photographs.In “Travel I…

The Burchfield Penney Art Center, fresh off its announcement of a major permanent outdoor art installation, will open a series of new exhibitions on Friday as part of its monthly M&T Second Fridays program.Perhaps the most alluring of these is “Marilyn,” a collection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe by former Fort Erie resident Douglas Kirkland, who photographed the fa…

At dusk on Sept. 12, the Museum District will welcome its loudest and perhaps boldest new feature when the Burchfield Penney Art Center opens a permanent outdoor sound and video installation it is calling “The Front Yard.”The Burchfield Penney will break ground today on the ambitious installation, which will transform the zinc-plated facade of the museum into a year-ro…

The joyful moment happened more than a few times during Kevin Cain’s tenure as director of The Vault, and he remembers it fondly:Cain and a small crowd would be gathered in the plucky indie music and art venue he ran for almost three years, when Buffalo’s Retro Metro would emerge from its underground track blaring its earsplitting horn.It just so happened that the soun…

In 1985, Buffalo opened its modest Metro Rail system, with 14 stations lining a 6.4-mile stretch from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus to the waterfront. Folded into that project was funding for some $1.5 million of public art projects by New York State artists, organized by a committee of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners and art experts.In…

The Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) has delved deep into its collection of work by women with connections to Western New York and pulled out “Disclosure: Women of the Burchfield Penney Collection,” a survey of its holdings on view through Dec. 29.The show, organized by Burchfield Penney curator Alana Ryder, is an attempt to rearrange our understanding …

For those who have walked with any regularity through the grand neoclassical galleries of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in recent years, the work of Los Angeles-based sculptor Robert Therrien has been difficult to avoid.In 2006, the gallery’s light-filled sculpture court hosted one of Therrien’s monumental “Table and Chairs” sculptures. The industrially fabricated …

A tactile art installation featuring work by Tonawanda painter Larry Allen opens Friday in Allentown’s Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) during the neighborhood’s First Fridays Gallery Walk. Friday’s opening, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m., will feature music from local duo Dos Tipos, who will perform an evening of Puerto Rican and Cuban folk tunes called “Songs fro…

East Aurora will welcome a new temporary art space to its expanding constellation of galleries this weekend when a venue with the tantalizing name of Broken Sproket Garage mounts its first exhibition. The space at 660 Pearson St., a motorcycle repair shop by day, will host a one-night art event featuring work by Buffalo-based wheatpaste artist Christopher Galley from 5 to …

Seeing the pickax lying alongside the path was a bit of a jolt, considering a young woman was going to be wrapped head to toe in clay a short ways away on the edge of the Niagara Gorge. It turned out the pickax was not there to free the artist’s model, who would have no trouble later loosening herself from her red clay casing. The ax was used to chew into the rocky soil …

In 2011, Rick Williams and Mara Odette Guererro-Williams brought a welcome infusion of the culture of Central Mexico to Allentown when they opened Casa de Arte, a gallery dedicated to linking the vibrant arts scenes of Buffalo and Curenavaca. Now, with a new exhibition titled “Chiapas,” the Casa de Arte founders are turning their attention to a different region in Mexi…

Five years ago, when Bob Drozdowski began his job as director of operations and marketing at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, entries for the center’s open-call art shows were trickling in painfully slowly.“I’d be lucky if I was getting 20, 30, 40 pieces of artwork in the beginning,” he said during an interview in his small office on the first floor of the 160…