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Buffalo Religious Arts Center teams with Columbus museum for rare textile show

The Buffalo Religious Arts Center is pairing with the Columbus, Ohio-based Jubilee Museum to present an exhibition of textiles rescued from shuttered churches throughout Western New York and Ohio. The exhibition opens Saturday in the Religious Arts Center (157 East St.) and runs through May 11.

According to Mary Holland, who founded the center in 2008 to save art and artifacts from the region’s many closed churches, the exhibition is as much a display of one-of-a-kind objects as a tribute to those who crafted and cared for them.

“It is important to note that some of the altar linens were cared for by the women of the congregation,” Holland wrote in an email. “The linens were washed, starched and often embellished with tatting which is rapidly becoming a lost art.”

The show includes vestments worn by priests and others during services, altar linens, flags and canopies.

The Columbus museum was founded in 1998 by a Catholic priest, the Rev. Kevin Lutz, to preserve the artistic heritage of the region’s Catholic artwork. The museum claims to contain “the largest collection of diversified Catholic art in the United States” and also includes objects collected from shuttered houses of worship of many other faiths.

Admission is $12. Call 481-2350 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski