One of the first woman painters of the Baroque era to gain international fame is the topic of the lead lecture in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's series, "Feminism and Art History." On Sunday at 2 p.m., in the gallery auditorium, Mary D. Garrard will talk on "Artemisia Gentileschi: A Major Painter of the Italian Baroque." Garrard is professor of art history at the American University in Washington, D.C. Gentileschi, after years of neglect, is now revered for her radical interpretations of biblical and mythological female characters that sometimes reach violent levels, as in the bloody decapitation scene of "Judith and Holofernes."
The series will continue on successive Sundays with: "The Nature of Control: A Feminist Perspective of the Landscape" by Deborah Ryan; and "The Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World," featuring the anonymous feminists who lurk around museums and art events in gorilla masks, checking out how women artists are faring. The gallery is located at 1285 Elmwood Ave.
"Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America" is photographer Stephen Shames' disquieting documentation of the plight of children living in welfare hotels, in abandoned buildings and on the streets of America. It opens Friday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Clifton Hall Link and continues on view through May 31.
Paintings and pots will be on view at the Upton Gallery of Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., with the opening Monday of an exhibition by painter Barbara Buckman and ceramicist Gail McCarthy. A reception for the show will be held on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues on view through April 28.
Prize-winning wood-carved waterfowl are featured in a sculpture exhibition opening Saturday at the Roger Tory Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown. "Wood on the Wing" is a show of 14 intricately carved life-size pieces by such well-known wildlife artists as Dick Bonner, Phil Galatas and Richard Finch. The display will remain on view through May 29.
The Niagara Society of Artists' "Spring Members' Show," judged by Wilson High School art teacher James Stephens, begins Sunday with an opening from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wilson Free Library, 265 Young St. The show continues on view through April 28.
"Books as Art" is the title and subject of an exhibition featuring workshops and lectures to be held at the college gallery of Niagara County Community College, 3111 Sauders Settlement Road, Sanborn, beginning Thursday. From 1 to 2 p.m. artist Carol Barton will talk on "The History of Movable Books." Barton will also host a "Pop-up Books Workshop" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday and a "Tunnel Books Workshop" from 1 to 3:30 p.m. On March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, artist Carol Townsend will present a slide lecture and demonstration on papermaking. Then on April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. the exhibition's curator, Carol Schwartzott, will offer a "Simple Books and Surface Decoration Workshop."
"A Stitch in Time" is the title of the Deerhurst Presbyterian Women's quilt show to be held this weekend at the church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd. Events include a raffle of an Amish quilt, door prizes and a display of both old and new quilts. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
A variety of art and graphic design work will make up "The Annual Daemen College Student Art Exhibition" to be held in the Fanette Goldman/Carolyn Greenfield Gallery on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main St. A reception will be held on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. with the show remaining on view through April 12.
Buffalo Guitar Quartet will present a program entitled "From Elizabethan England to 1993 California" as a feature of the Canisius College 125th Anniversary Series, Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. The bracketing works are by 16th century Englishman William Byrd and contemporary Californian Buzz Gravelle. Music by Bach, Morena-Torroba, John Bull, Poulenc and Boccherini will also be played.
Organist Robin Lostetter will feature works of Bach and Walcha, transcriptions of Elgar, Barber and Albinoni, and other music of Locklair and Vierne during a 3 p.m. Sunday lecture-recital in First Presbyterian Church, Lockport.
Organ Recital and Evensong at 4 p.m. Sunday in Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave., will feature organ works of Byrd, Gibbons and others plus a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by resident organist-Choirmaster Herbert Tinney plus English Tudor choral music.
A Choral Union is the name of a presentation to be made by choirs and clergy of several Tonawanda and Amherst congregations, 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd.