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.
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 ubartgalleries.buffalo.edu for more info.
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 Hoyt, photographs by Claudia Joskowicz and a fine exhibition of work by the undersung artist Rosalyn Drexler.
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.
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."
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 dailyplanetcoffee.com.