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More than 100 artists will welcome the public during the annual Artists in Buffalo Open Studios and Galleries Dec. 3 to 5.

The annual event gives the public a chance to meet local artists, visit spaces where art is created and purchase arts and crafts. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, textiles, prints. sculpture, photography, stained and blown glass and metalwork will be available for purchase. Admission will be free.

Instead of extending into North Buffalo, as it did in 2003, this year's open house will be restricted to 30 locations along the Elmwood Strip and side streets between Allentown and Lafayette Avenue, said Catherine Gillespie, an artist and founder of the grass-roots organization formerly known as the Elmwood Gallery District.

Though membership has expanded to include artists throughout the city, the group decided that spreading the open house to other neighborhoods made visiting all of the locations too difficult, Gillespie said.

"We wanted to consolidate things a little more," Gillespie said. As a result, visitors entering a particular studio or gallery are likely to see works by several artists.

For instance, Elizabeth Samuels, whose work includes constructed paintings, has invited renowned painter Catherine Parker, young realistic oil painter Nathan Naetzker and printmaker Kathleen Sherin to set up in her Bryant Street studio.

Open house hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5.

Site maps, a directory of member artists and other information about the event are available online at or can be obtained by calling 881-2199 or 884-9410.


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