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WHAT:"Paradise in Search of a Future"

WHEN: Opens tonight with a reception from 8 to 11

WHERE: CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St.


INFO: 856-2717

CEPA Gallery continues its yearlong investigation of the cultural implications of tourism in the second part of its image-rich exhibition "Paradise in Search of a Future." The show, timed to be part of tonight's Curtain Up! festivities, consists of 10 artists or artist duos.

The thematic range is immense, from the commodification of Niagara Falls in an installation by Susie and Betsy Brandt, to the pitting of romantic travel expectations against the reality of a place in Annette Weintraub's Web-based project. Mark Hogan's "The Hamburgers of Erie County," featuring hamburgers from all 42 area McDonald's, gives a view of travel in the age of the mass franchise. Deborah Bright, also focusing on Western New York, looks at the packaging of Buffalo's industrial heritage.

To these close-to-home projects add the work of such artists as Hong Kong-born Saiman Li and Swedish photographer Matts Leiderstam and the perspective widens to international scope. Other artists included are Jane D. Marshing, Allan Sekula, Frank Miller, John Craig Freeman and Japanese-Hawaii artists Karen Kosasa and Stan Tomita.

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