Josh Reusch climbs a ladder as final touches are made to the exhibit "Forty: The Sabres in the NHL." The exhibit is on view until Jan. 9. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)
BUFFALO -- Jim Fulater returned to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery today for the second time this season.
The draw: hockey.
Fulater, of Hamburg, was among a steady stream of people wearing Sabres hats, jerseys and jackets at the gallery today to see the Stanley Cup. He came a few weeks ago to see "Forty: The Sabres in NHL" and returned again today to see the famous trophy.
The cup is on view a the Albright-Knox along with 18 other trophies from the Hockey Hall of Fame through Wednesday. The gallery, normally closed on Mondays, will stay open until 10 p.m. tonight.
"It's actually a huge plus for the gallery to do that because it gives the opportunity for people to kind of cross over and really get exposed to art in a different way," said Fulater, a locomotive operator and actor who visited the gallery with his son, Dylan.
The Stanley Cup, which arrived in town on Sunday after being displayed in Pittsburgh for the NHL Winter Classic, is on display in conjunction with "Forty: The Sabres in NHL."
"Forty," which will run through Jan. 9, features the work of Sabres photographers Ron Moscati, Robert Shaver and Bill Wippert. Wippert, a Buffalo News photographer, will give a lecture on his work and hockey during an artist talk at 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.
Nearly 2,000 people visited the gallery on Sunday, said Maria Scully-Morreale, interim head of marketing, corporate and public relations. A typical Sunday would see several hundred visitors, she said.
"We're definitely bringing people back that may not have visited the gallery in a long time," she said.
Admission to the gallery during the exhibition is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for gallery members and children under 5.
The cup's last public appearance in the Buffalo area was in August, when Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane brought it to Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Many of the hockey fans appear to be coming to the art gallery for the Sabres exhibit and staying to see other artwork.
The Stanley Cup was the main reason Jim and Nicolas Bronstein visited the Albright-Knox this afternoon, but they planned to stay and look at pieces from the permanent collection.
They hope to one day see the Stanley Cup in town for the Sabres.
"With the new owner," Jim Bronstein said of potential new Sabres owner Terry Pegula, "I'm hopeful."