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The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off …

The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off …

Bullies, as area students are all too aware, are capable of sending their victims to incredibly dark places. What hope those victims have of escaping that emotional trauma and coming back into the light is often tied directly to the therapeutic effects of self-expression. That is to say, art.This is one of the motivating ideas behind “Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope,…

What does fine art have to do with sports?Viewed up close, the idea that a Bills game might have anything in common with what’s hanging on the walls of the Albright-Knox, for instance, probably seems absurd to many.But zoom out a little, as a new CEPA Gallery show “The Art of Sport” is asking us to do, and you see that sports and art are really just slight variations…

On May 2, 2012, after years of discussion and debate, a group of city officials narrowly defeated an unpopular proposal to use public funding to build a massive building with huge name recognition on a prime piece of waterfront land.Sound familiar?But the project in question was not a Bass Pro store in Buffalo, N.Y.; it was a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland.And much…

When the sun sets on Silo City, casting an Instagram-friendly glow over the mammoth concrete grain elevators that dot the complex, a towering new metal sculpture at the edge of the site comes shimmering to life.The curved wall, made from remarkably thin sheets of stainless steel and resembling nothing so much as a set piece from the latest “Transformers” movie, was com…

Acclaimed photographer Cathy Opie will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Monday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) as part of a lecture series co-presented by the University at Buffalo’s visual studies department, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.Opie, known for her stark portraits that …

A new multimedia work by Miami-based artist Clifton Childree based on the landscape and history of the Buffalo Niagara region will go on view Friday in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.For his Hallwalls residency, Childree has created a “wax museum historical display” based on an actual exhibit on Niagara Falls. The focus of Childree’s display is …

Buffalo Arts Studio’s new season of exhibitions will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with the opening reception for two solo shows by artists Leif Low-Beer and Daniel Galas.Galas, a Western New York native, returned to Buffalo in 2011 after living in Brooklyn; Berkeley, Calif.; and the Hudson Valley and experimenting with various subjects and media. His latest body of linoleum …

It’s a big weekend for the Buffalo History Museum, which will celebrate the opening of four new or updated exhibitions Friday.Visitors will have a chance to explore the newly renovated and renamed John R. Oishei Native American Gallery, which includes a display of a type of Native American headdresses known as “gustoweh,” as well as a walk-in longhouse and informatio…

For visual art fans, the arrival of fall usually brings with it a strong urge to return to the cozy surroundings of Western New York’s dozens of long-established galleries and museums after a long summer of offbeat outdoor projects and installations.But thanks to “My Future Ex,” an ambitious new exhibition organized by Tra Bouscaren and Sandra Q. Firmin of the Univer…

The third annual Echo Art Fair got off to a subdued but jovial start on Saturday as art fans made their way through the drizzle and into the art-filled second floor of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library on Lafayette Square.Exhibitors and visitors alike were abuzz about the fair’s comfortable new location in an area of the library that once housed books and compute…

The Buffalo & Erie County Central Library and Lafayette Square will become ground zero for Western New York’s visual art community this weekend, as it welcomes a flurry of activity surrounding the third annual Echo Art Fair.The juried fair, founded by Buffalo-booster E. Frits Abell in 2011 to encourage more Western New Yorkers to collect work by regional artists, will in…

Jody Hanson, a local artist and former art preparator for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, makes graceful, meditative paintings using salt as her medium. Hanson’s working process involves dissolving different kinds of salt in water in different ratios, applying dots of the liquid onto white paper in predetermined patterns and waiting for the drops to expand and develop int…

Buffalo’s busy fall art season begins in grand fashion Friday night, as a who’s who of local and national artists and aficionados gather in The Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) for the official kickoff to the third annual Echo Art Fair.The fair officially opens Saturday morning and will occupy about 25,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the Central Library…