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The Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda will offer art workshops for kids, taught by award-winning illustrator Carlos Torres. A comic book art workshop will teach kids the basics for creating their own comic book pages, from character development to page layout, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7.  It is open to children ages 8 and up. A kids' watercolor workshop wit…

I've lived here my entire life, but had never been to Griffis Sculpture Park. It seemed like it was too far away, or too much walking for my kids, or maybe just not family friendly. Boy was I wrong. One day, my girls and I decided to take the drive. It was about 45-minutes from our East Aurora home. The Park is in Cattaraugus County between Ashford Hollow and East Ot…

At first, they look like distant nebulae captured by the Hubble Space Telescope or shots of deep-sea creatures swirling in the dark. But peer closer into the illuminated photographs that line the 8th floor of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute's new Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, and you can see minute cell structures glowing neon blue, yellow and red. The …

Get a kid in the right mindset, hand her a conte crayon or charcoal pencil, and watch a universe unfold.That is the simple – not to say simplistic – idea behind an art exhibition opening in the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology on Jan. 8.The show, called “Creating the Year,” features the work of BCAT students and Ecuadorian artist and recent Buffalo transplant…

A deep sense of serenity and timelessness pervades Julian Montague’s latest body of work, a series of some 20 paintings depicting geological phenomena that go on view Dec. 3 in the Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery on up-and-coming Niagara Street. The series, called “Features,” isolates elements of the landscape – from apparent banalities such as shorelines and s…

In 1999, Buffalo fell hard for Claude Monet. How could we resist? With his unabashedly romantic outlook, his sensuous brush strokes and shimmering scenes of light and landscape, the Frenchman charmed and disarmed us. When 22 of his late-career paintings went on view in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery stop of the touring exhibition “Monet at Giverny: Masterpiece from the …

Every year around this time, 464 Gallery gets spooky. Its fifth annual "Monster" exhibition, which focuses on art that could in some way be described as eerie, creepy or disconcerting, is set to open Oct. 30 in the gallery at 464 Amherst St. It gets started at 6 p.m. and features live music, food and drinks and a costume contest. A look at some of the work that will be…

To create his rectangular paintings of luminous color, the Los Angeles-based artist John Knuth collects hundreds of thousands of house flies, feeds them pigmented sugar and confines them to a space barely larger than the canvas.In that sliver of space, the flies swarm and land, every so often regurgitating a bit of pigment onto the surface of the painting. The result is a …

As a young painter living in Lockport in the 1960s, Joseph Whalen was a fixture at Gould’s, a small bar on Union Street populated at most hours by a certain strain of sad sacks, weary workers and card-playing pensioners.In the resigned poses and wrinkled foreheads of the bar’s largely male customers, Whalen saw a thousand possible stories. So he stood and he drank and …

For the accomplished Western New York artist Thomas Kegler, every brush stroke is a memory made manifest, every oil painting a thank-you note to nature and to God.Kegler’s landscapes of natural wonders and majestic sunsets, many recent examples of which are on view in Meibohm Fine Arts’ “Interludes of Light” through Oct. 17, are internationally regarded for their a…

For many artists in all media, color is one of many crucial ingredients. But for some, color is the medium itself. Work by 10 such artists will go on view in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery on UB’s North Campus in Amherst on Thursday in “Splitting Light,” a show designed to highlight artists whose work “explores the effect color has on both mood and space” …

Charles Burchfield made some pretty loud paintings. For him, the woods he ventured into were infinite symphonies, cacophonous in color as well as in sound. In his watercolors, he tried to capture the full sensory experience of nature, condense it into a series of symbols and then employ those symbols to replicate and amplify that experience for the viewer. Many of Burchf…

It’s been a whirlwind year for Squeaky Wheel, the pint-sized media arts organization with outsize ambitions that pulled up stakes from its home in a basement space on Main Street in February and re-established itself on the ground floor of the Market Arcade Building.With a bigger physical footprint, its attendant boost in visibility and a $100,000 grant from the Andy War…

Walking into the darkened gallery that contains the first artworks in Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s ambitious exhibition “Screen Play: Life in an Animated World” is like accidentally channel-surfing into someone else’s nightmare.A 2009 “still life” by Jason Salavon featuring the slowly morphing skull of a baboon next to a candlestick hangs on one wall, not far fr…

Ride out the dog days of summer in style, or by attending any or all of these events in Western New York. After extensive research (read: Google), the official dog days of summer end on Tuesday, according to the "Old Farmer's Almanac," so this marks the final weekend I can correctly apply this phrase. Do you think Florence + the Machine is aware of this? Apropos of nothi…