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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…

Sixteen familiar faces from Buffalo’s arts community in mythical guises line the walls of the small Studio Hart (65 Allen St.) in “god-heads,” a new exhibition of paintings by Bruce Adams.The show, which opens Friday as part of the Allentown First Fridays gallery walk (delayed a week because of the Allentown Art Festival), began with a visit from local artist and Squ…

Prolific glass sculptor Marcelo Florencio has made a name for himself with the graceful and often whimsical glass sculptures he exhibits locally and around the country. The artist, who owns a local studio and gives lessons in glass-working, will give a demonstration of his techniques at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Art Dialogue Gallery (1 Linwood Ave.).“My interest in glass h…

At the end of a long shift at Republic Steel in Lackawanna, one of Western New York’s last operating steel plants, a soot-covered worker straggled into the air-conditioned office of plant computer analyst Phil Pantano.“I saw the look in his face and in his eyes,” Pantano said of the worker, who goes by the name of Elvis. Pantano was struck, he recalled, by the man’…

The fluorescent-lit waiting rooms of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute can be tense, somber and often mirthless places. For cancer patients and their families, passing time in a Roswell Park waiting room usually means leafing absent-mindedly through last December's issue of Golf Digest or staring at closed-captioned MSNBC broadcasts. These are paltry distractions from t…