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Art on the go: Walk by, drive by, enjoy new outdoor displays

In recent weeks, families went on neighborhood "hunts" for rainbows and teddy bears. Beginning May 10, there’s a new hunt in town: a walking/driving tour of works displayed by local artists outside of homes and two galleries. Installations are mostly in Buffalo but also Snyder, Tonawanda, Kenmore and West Falls.

The event, “Proximity: In Search of Signs of Life & Art,” is organized by Resource:Art founders Emily Tucker, director of Benjaman Gallery Group, and Elisabeth Samuels, director at Indigo Gallery.

With art spaces closed and events canceled, this gives people a way to still connect with local art.

Locations of the 22 sites and an interactive map can be found at resourceartny.com/proximity.

The plan is for the event to last through May 17. But what about snow and rain?

“When we were thinking about the proposals that we wanted to choose, we did make sure that most of them would stand up to the elements,” said Tucker. “But we were thinking more rain than snow, but it’s Buffalo so we were naive to think we wouldn’t get snow in May.”

Even so, she said, “the artists are all from here, and they know what to expect. They’re going to do things that will hopefully stand up to the elements. That’s why in our promotion of this we say: ‘It runs for a week – or until things start falling apart.’ ”

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Jody Hanson assembles pinwheels of all sizes that she created from a plethora of materials from her home on Crescent Avenue in Buffalo on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Recycled materials, felt, movable pinwheels, ladders and lights are part of the various installations.

The event is free, but check the website to see how you can support the local artists.

Participating artists include: Kari Achatz; Bruce Adams; Nando Alvarez-Perez; Monica Angle; Jozef Bajus; Amanda Besl; Kristin Brandt; Linda Collignon; David Fernan; Mark McLoughlin, Jody and Parker Hanson; Evan Hawkins and Elisabeth Samuels; Ani Hoover; Cheryl Jackson; Christopher M. Kameck; Bethany Krull; Stacey Lechevet; Casey Milbrand; Bill Santen; Kathleen Sherin; Sarah Field Sonnenberg; Colleen Toledano; and virocode.

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