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ART DIALOGUE GALLERY

BUFFALO -- A GREAT PLACE TO BE!

Postcard art is one of the least pretentious of art forms. It's small and unobtrusive and arrives naked and unannounced via the U.S. mails. In its original form, postcard art was intended to be spontaneous, as artists exchanged cryptic visual messages often with personal asides locked within their designs. It was a way to bypass the gallery system entirely and communicate directly with select individuals.

Nowadays the subversive spirit has been replaced by the more formalized postcard exhibition, complete with an official call for work and a jury selection process. Art Dialogue Gallery has been successfully mounting such shows for a number of years. Given that the work is small and usually affordable, these shows make excellent fund raisers.

The current exhibition benefits the Western New York Artists Group and Theater of Youth.

The postcards were selected by Celeste Lawson, executive director of the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County and David Granville, the executive director of the Buffalo Arts Commission. One-hundred and fifty works by 80 artists are on view. A number of awards were selected by Burchfield-Penney Art Center Director Ted Pietrzak. First place award went to Edward G. Bisone for his expressionist seated figure with a blank face. Among the other artists included are James Allen, Rita Argen Auerbach, Andrew Sanders, Dorothy Market, William C. Maggio, Robert Seivert, Joyce Hill, Debbie Hill and Joseph Whalen, who exhibits a watercolor depicting Buffalo as the artist imagined it looked a hundred years ago.

The exhibition continues on view through next Friday in Art Dialogue Gallery, the Western New York Artists Group, One Linwood Ave. (885-2251).

-- Richard Huntington

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