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In the pristine surroundings of the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion in Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, 38 tons of rusted steel columns stretch 40 feet across the gallery’s polished cement floor.Each of those pieces of rebar, wrested from the mangled ruins of school buildings that crumbled like sand castles during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and painstakingly straightened, one…

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Mark Masters had a stable career driving a truck, supplying pipes to a maker of industrial boilers, but he didn’t have a passion.That was until he got inspired by a TV documentary a few years ago about Elbert Hubbard’s mid-life founding of the East Aurora artisans’ community in the late 1800s.That led Masters to his own midlife transformation – through metalsmithing. And w…

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Mark Masters had a stable career driving a truck, supplying pipes to a maker of industrial boilers, but he didn’t have a passion.That was until he got inspired by a TV documentary a few years ago about Elbert Hubbard’s mid-life founding of the East Aurora artisans’ community in the late 1800s.That led Masters to his own midlife transformation – through metalsmithing. And w…

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Murals can bring excitement and vitality to neighborhoods and downtowns. That’s the intent of a towering, four-story wall project on the West Side, unveiled Thursday on the south side of Lorigo’s Meating Place at 185 Grant St. at Auburn Avenue.“Grant Street Global Voices” – with photographic images of past and current residents, portrayals of diverse cultures and a clash o…

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“Cubes and Rectangles, Boxes and Containers” Through April 20 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. 882-8700 or www.albrightknox.orgArtists like rules.Some of the best of them, no matter their chosen medium, find a sort of paradoxical freedom while working within a set of constraints. Think of Shakespeare’s words, which flourished when fitted to the forms of …

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“Cubes and Rectangles, Boxes and Containers” Through April 20 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. 882-8700 or www.albrightknox.orgArtists like rules.Some of the best of them, no matter their chosen medium, find a sort of paradoxical freedom while working within a set of constraints. Think of Shakespeare’s words, which flourished when fitted to the forms of …

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Some of Buffalo’s most popular cultural institutions will stay open until 9:30 tonight as part of “Museums by Moonlight,” a fundraiser to benefit the members of the city’s growing Museum District and Preservation Buffalo Niagara.A $35 ticket ($25 if you bought it before Oct. 6) gets you access to the Darwin Martin House, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Cen…

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The Burchfield Penney Art Center will open its 12th craft art biennial on Saturday, marking the 25th anniversary of the pioneering exhibition. The accomplished Buffalo craft artist Sylvia Rosen and her husband, Nathan, initiated the show in 1988 to bring attention to the underexposed craft artists of Western New York.“Art in Craft Media” features work by 55 emerging and es…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has received an $11 million bequest from the estate of longtime board member and Buffalo arts patron Peggy Pierce Elfvin, possibly the largest single gift in the museum’s history, the gallery announced Wednesday evening.The gallery is expected to officially accept the gift this afternoon during the annual meeting the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy’…

On Aug. 13, the leaders of two small Buffalo cultural groups received an email announcing that each had won a surprise $30,000 grant from the New York City-based Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.“It is not junk mail, it is not a hoax,” the email promised. “Your community believes you do good work and we want to recognize it with unrestricted support for the next three years.…

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Merging visual art and sports has always been a tricky but tantalizing proposition.It can come off as a half-baked audience-building ploy, like the 2010 Albright-Knox Art Gallery show about the Buffalo Sabres that tried to pass off beautiful promotional photographs as profound conceptual art. Or, like the current show “Art of Sport” running in CEPA and Big Orbit galleries …

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Merging visual art and sports has always been a tricky but tantalizing proposition.It can come off as a half-baked audience-building ploy, like the 2010 Albright-Knox Art Gallery show about the Buffalo Sabres that tried to pass off beautiful promotional photographs as profound conceptual art. Or, like the current show “Art of Sport” running in CEPA and Big Orbit galleries …

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Many local fans of the watercolorist Catherine Parker, who died last year after a long and successful painting career, are familiar with her shimmering streetscapes and backyard scenes that probe the hidden beauty of everyday experiences. But they may not be familiar with the work she painted while living in the Southwest, before returning to her native Western New York in…

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Buffalo artists Susie Kelly Flatau and Thom Neill have teamed up to mount “ALTARd,” a group exhibition in 1045 Gallery (1045 Elmwood Ave., formerly ZGM Gallery) that explores shifting identity through the arts.The show, which opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Nov. 3, features abstract painting by Flatau, photography by Neill and several mixed media p…

For the past several years, I have rarely missed an opportunity to point out that the Buffalo Niagara region is in the midst of a period of stunning cultural growth.The amount of art and theater-related activity in and around Buffalo, judging only by the crude measure of Gusto listings, has nearly doubled since 2000. A new theater company or gallery seems to open every few…