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Holiday art hunting, from Niagara Street to North Tonawanda

For much of the year, art buying can be intimidating affair.

Strolling into a stark, white-walled gallery and perusing an eye-popping price list requires its own kind of nerve, and many of us feel unequipped -- and under-resourced.

Fortunately for art lovers, this pretense falls away around the holidays, when galleries turn their attention to every retailer's favorite holiday word: volume.

Hence events like "Under $100" at Project 308 Gallery (308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda), where you can drop a cool $100 or less on work by some of the more sought-after area artists. The show runs from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 25, complete with free hors d'oeuvres.

Chris Kameck and Nicholas Miller, known for the many murals they have produced around town under the moniker Team Razor Wire, will have work in the show.

As will the gifted artist Katie Sehr, whose intricate line drawings resembling cracked skin have hung in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Christina Laing, a daring photographer who explores post-industrial sites in Rust Belt cities, is also included on a total roster of more than 15 artists.

If your budget is a bit bigger, you can head over to Anna Kaplan Contemporary (1250 Niagara St.), where an exhibition of new work by Buffalo artist and designer Julian Montague is on view through Dec. 16. Montague's show, "Fictions," features the artist's many fake books, posters and other items that have been meticulously designed to resemble actual mid-century products.

It doesn't hurt that once you recover from the price list, or even break out your checkbook to buy a piece, Resurgence Brewing Company is right next door.


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