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The biggest news in Western New York’s art world in 2012 was the announcement that Louis Grachos would leave the top post at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at the end of the year after a decade of visionary leadership. So it stands to reason that the biggest art-world news of 2013 was the arrival of the gallery’s 11th director, the Finnish-born and American-educated Janne G…

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Until a recent weekend morning, I had never set foot in Sweet_ness 7 cafe on Grant Street, although I’ve been in the neighborhood dozens of times. Then I got a look at the online menu and within days I was lining up a Cheap Eats there. What got me in the door was the combination of laid-back vibe for customers and serious-as-can-be attitude toward the food. The menu has a…

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Photographer Janelle Lynch first encountered the work of Charles Burchfield in 2006, discovering in the gifted Western New York watercolorist a kindred spirit whose interest in the rhythms and mysteries of nature resonated deeply with her own. Earlier this year, Lynch, a Jamestown native, participated in a residency at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) i…

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In past years, Squeaky Wheel – the pint-sized media arts center that provides local students, artists and educators access to video equipment – has held a refreshingly zany holiday party in its cozy basement space on the 700 block of Main Street. But this season, the holiday ambitions of the party’s organizers have outgrown its teensy headquarters, and the party has been m…

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In past years, Squeaky Wheel – the pint-sized media arts center that provides local students, artists and educators access to video equipment – has held a refreshingly zany holiday party in its cozy basement space on the 700 block of Main Street. But this season, the holiday ambitions of the party’s organizers have outgrown its teensy headquarters, and the party has been m…

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Photographer Janelle Lynch first encountered the work of Charles Burchfield in 2006, discovering in the gifted Western New York watercolorist a kindred spirit whose interest in the rhythms and mysteries of nature resonated deeply with her own. Earlier this year, Lynch, a Jamestown native, participated in a residency at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) i…

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To the consternation of the publishing industry and the delight of digital consumers, the tech titans at Apple and Amazon have figured out how to perfectly translate the intrigue of an Elmore Leonard story or the lyric beauty of a Jhumpa Lahiri novel into zeroes and ones.But two areas of publishing have a built-in resistance that Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs’ digital virus ha…

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A trip through the back rooms of the Benjaman Gallery on Elmwood Avenue, where paintings and other prized objects from its extensive collection crowd almost every inch of available floor and wall space, is enough to make any art lover swoon. Ordinarily, the relative tidiness of the gallery’s main exhibition space belies the disarray of its back rooms.But in “Salon: An Exhi…

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Seventeen galleries, studios and nontraditional art spaces across the city will fling open their doors this weekend for the 13th annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The popular affair, organized by Artists in Buffalo, was designed to encourage Buffalonians to funnel some of their hol…

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A trip through the back rooms of the Benjaman Gallery on Elmwood Avenue, where paintings and other prized objects from its extensive collection crowd almost every inch of available floor and wall space, is enough to make any art lover swoon. Ordinarily, the relative tidiness of the gallery’s main exhibition space belies the disarray of its back rooms.But in “Salon: An Exhi…

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Seventeen galleries, studios and nontraditional art spaces across the city will fling open their doors this weekend for the 13th annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The popular affair, organized by Artists in Buffalo, was designed to encourage Buffalonians to funnel some of their hol…

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To immerse yourself in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, there’s no need to cough up $12 for admission, dig out your scarf and warm up the car or, for that matter, even change out of your pj’s.Just pick up your nearest laptop or smartphone, point it at albrightknox.org, and you’ll have instant and unlimited access to two new interactive tours that reanimat…

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Jesse Bernstein, the deeply disturbed poet and performance artist who was a fixture on Seattle’s grunge scene in the late-’80s and early-’90s, had a knack for describing the tortured and troubled lives of society’s misfits and outcasts. Before his suicide in 1991, he practiced his particularly visceral brand of performance on Seattle stages and in recordings for Sub Pop Re…

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“Charles E. Burchfield: By Design,” through Jan. 26.Where the aims and ideals of art and design meet, there you will find Charles Burchfield, the eminent watercolorist who had one foot in the art world when he was working as a designer and at least a few toes in the design world when he was working as an artist.The three-person team behind this exhibition in the Burchfield…

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“Charles E. Burchfield: By Design,” through Jan. 26.Where the aims and ideals of art and design meet, there you will find Charles Burchfield, the eminent watercolorist who had one foot in the art world when he was working as a designer and at least a few toes in the design world when he was working as an artist.The three-person team behind this exhibition in the Burchfield…