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Grand opening planned April 15 at GCC Art Gallery

BATAVIA -- Genesee Community College's Art Gallery will have its grand opening April 15, and a member of GCC's Dansville Campus will be manager.

The gallery -- 1,700 square feet of exhibit space -- cost nearly $900,000 and is next to the lobby of the college's Center for the Arts and its theater. It is named for the late Rosalie "Roz" Steiner, wife of GCC's longtime president, Stuart Steiner, who is retiring this summer.

The college also announced that Emily Pfeiffer of Geneseo will serve as part-time manager of the gallery. Pfeiffer worked at a Rochester art gallery before taking graduate studies and joining the GCC staff in Dansville.

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Free screenings scheduled for 'Gasland' documentary

The League of Women Voters Buffalo Niagara and UBGreen are sponsoring free screenings of the 2010 documentary film "Gasland" during the coming weeks to raise awareness of risks of natural gas production using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

The procedure is banned in New York State until July under an executive order from former Gov. David Paterson.

The film, winner of the 2010 Sundance Special Jury Prize, will be shown at at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Post 659, American Legion, 6500 Maples Road, Ellicottville; at 7 p.m. next Monday in 112 Norton Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst; at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Walsh Science Center auditorium, Jamestown Community College; and 6:30 p.m. April 14 in the Jamestown Campus COCE Student Union.

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High school art sought for congressional competition

High school students who have winning entries in the annual congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery," won't have to go to Washington, D.C., to see their work on display, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced. All of the artwork will be displayed online.

Entries must be submitted to Higgins' Buffalo office at 726 Exchange St., Suite 601, or his Jamestown office at 2 E. Second St., Suite 300, by April 18. All entries will be on display in the lobby of the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St., from April 18 to May 7, when Higgins will host a reception at which the winners will be announced.

All submissions also will be posted from April 20 to May 4 online at www.higgins.house.gov. The public will be able to vote for their favorites online.

One piece from each congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building. The winning students will attend a ribbon-cutting there. For info, visit Higgins' website or call 852-3501.

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National College Fair set March 29 and 30

The Buffalo National College Fair will be held March 29 and 30 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The annual event runs from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 and 9 a.m. to noon March 30. The fair is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and hosted by the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.

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