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A sampling of post-holiday art shows

It's the week after Christmas, and all through the region, few venues are stirring. But art shows are legion.

There's nothing to shake you out of your post-egg-nog daze like an intellectually stimulating exhibition of painting or photography. And Western New York, home to a dizzying array of museums and galleries large and small, has plenty on offer. Here's a small sampling.

"In Front of Light," a 1977/2015 sculpture by Lydia Okumura made out of glass, string and nails. (Courtesy of the artist and Broadway 1602 Gallery.)

The University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery (1 Martha Jackson Place) is featuring half of a two-venue show (the other half has closed) of the geometric work of Brazilian-born artist Lydia Okumura, which "blurs the line between two and three dimensions." Visit for more info.

"Three Musicians," a painting by Pablo Picasso on loan to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the centerpiece of "Picasso: The Artist and His Models."

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) continues its ambitious exhibition "Picasso: The Artist and His Models" through the holidays. Also on view are humorous and satirical works from its permanent collection, small sculptures by Matt Hoytphotographs by Claudia Joskowicz and a fine exhibition of work by the undersung artist Rosalyn Drexler.

Brendan Bannon's photograph of an all-refugee soccer team from the International Preparatory School is on view in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's exhibition "Here."

Across the street, the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) is featuring its own remarkable exhibition "Here!" -- described as a visual poem about Western New York. Also on view is a look back at the very first exhibition at the center, featuring the work of its namesake Charles E. Burchfield.

"Truth," a painting by William C. Maggio, is on view in 1120 Projects as part of the exhibition "The Other Side."

On view, through Jan. 14 at 1120 Projects (1120 Main St.) is an exhibition of paintings created with black and white latex house paint by William C. Maggio. According to the artist, the pieces are designed to "encourage a meditative, prayerful state of mind."

Landscape photographs by Stephanie Smith are on view in Daily Planet Coffee through Jan. 8.

Away from the institutions, Daily Planet Coffee (1862 Hertel Ave.) is featuring photography by Stephanie Smith, whose exhibition is essentially a photographic love letter to the City of Buffalo. The show is on view through Jan. 8. More info at

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