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Buffalo’s smallest gallery hosts Sara M. Zak’s paintings

Along the south wall of the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant in Larkinville, just off the bar, stands an old-fashioned telephone booth. The booth seem so at home amid the retro-chic decor of the popular dining spot that it would be easy to treat it as inspired touch of decoration rather than the remarkable thing it is: Buffalo’s smallest art gallery.

Since opening last year, the booth, called the (716) GAL-LERY, has featured several smart and necessarily compact exhibitions ranging from original flip-books based on Buffalo history to an interactive look at the life of Buffalo-born stage star Peggy O’Neil. And starting Jan. 30, the booth will host a new series of miniature paintings based on telephone-based communication by the prolific Buffalo artist Sara M. Zak.

Zak’s ethereal oil paintings often captures quotidian and often definitively Buffalonian scenes ranging from road cones to factory interiors. In them, she writes, she tries to capture “the shifting nature of time, place, concept, actuality, and paint.”

The exhibition is part of Larkinville’s second annual Ice Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 and features talks, live music, yoga, party games and a collection of vendors selling everything from jewelry to gin. For more on the festival and exhibition, which remains on view through April 30, visit or call 248-2216.

-Colin Dabkowski

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