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Young artists

On Thursday, CEPA Gallery (617 Main St.) will open an exhibition by young members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western New York. Work by more than 100 young art students is slated to be on view in the exhibition, the product of an ongoing collaboration between the local chapters of the national nonprofit education group and the Ashford Hollow Foundation.

In the program, students from around the region -- and especially students from urban school districts where the arts are not a major part of education -- work with artists and teachers at the Griffis Studio for Youth on Buffalo's West Side to develop their skills in drawing, painting and sculpting.

This year's exhibition carries a particularly bittersweet note, as participants in the collaboration continue to mourn the loss of its founder and guiding spirit Simon P. Griffis, who died in June. The work in the show will be judged by a jury of local artists and some of it may go on to compete in the national Girls and Boys Club fine art contest.

The show opens with a reception for participants and family members at 5 p.m. Thursday and runs through Jan. 27. For more information, call 825-1016 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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