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Buffalo Arts Studio’s new season of exhibitions will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with the opening reception for two solo shows by artists Leif Low-Beer and Daniel Galas.Galas, a Western New York native, returned to Buffalo in 2011 after living in Brooklyn; Berkeley, Calif.; and the Hudson Valley and experimenting with various subjects and media. His latest body of linoleum bl…

It’s a big weekend for the Buffalo History Museum, which will celebrate the opening of four new or updated exhibitions Friday.Visitors will have a chance to explore the newly renovated and renamed John R. Oishei Native American Gallery, which includes a display of a type of Native American headdresses known as “gustoweh,” as well as a walk-in longhouse and information and …

For visual art fans, the arrival of fall usually brings with it a strong urge to return to the cozy surroundings of Western New York’s dozens of long-established galleries and museums after a long summer of offbeat outdoor projects and installations.But thanks to “My Future Ex,” an ambitious new exhibition organized by Tra Bouscaren and Sandra Q. Firmin of the University a…

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The third annual Echo Art Fair got off to a subdued but jovial start on Saturday as art fans made their way through the drizzle and into the art-filled second floor of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library on Lafayette Square.Exhibitors and visitors alike were abuzz about the fair’s comfortable new location in an area of the library that once housed books and computers…

The Buffalo & Erie County Central Library and Lafayette Square will become ground zero for Western New York’s visual art community this weekend, as it welcomes a flurry of activity surrounding the third annual Echo Art Fair.The juried fair, founded by Buffalo-booster E. Frits Abell in 2011 to encourage more Western New Yorkers to collect work by regional artists, will incl…

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Jody Hanson, a local artist and former art preparator for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, makes graceful, meditative paintings using salt as her medium. Hanson’s working process involves dissolving different kinds of salt in water in different ratios, applying dots of the liquid onto white paper in predetermined patterns and waiting for the drops to expand and develop into …

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Buffalo’s busy fall art season begins in grand fashion Friday night, as a who’s who of local and national artists and aficionados gather in The Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) for the official kickoff to the third annual Echo Art Fair.The fair officially opens Saturday morning and will occupy about 25,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the Central Library. It…

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Seven years ago, SUNY Buffalo State theater professor Drew Kahn made a commitment to honor the memory of Anne Frank, the young Holocaust victim whose diary has become one of the defining documents of the 20th century.Three years later, Kahn launched the inaugural version of the Anne Frank Project, a modest attempt to bring his students face-to-face with history in a way th…

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Last September, during the Music is Art Festival in Delaware Park, dancers Nancy Hughes and Scott Slocum performed on boats floating in Hoyt Lake for spectators on the shore at the invitation of local artist David Butler. The improvised performance went over so well that the trio began planning a greatly expanded version of the piece, which will debut at 8 p.m. Saturday at…

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Street performers from around the world will descend on a stretch of asphalt in Niagara Falls, Ont., this weekend for the Niagara Falls Buskerfest, a weekend-long tribute to the ancient art of sidewalk entertainment. The festival, which features some 50 performers, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday in and around the city’s Queen Street Arts and Cult…

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Street performers from around the world will descend on a stretch of asphalt in Niagara Falls, Ont., this weekend for the Niagara Falls Buskerfest, a weekend-long tribute to the ancient art of sidewalk entertainment. The festival, which features some 50 performers, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday in and around the city’s Queen Street Arts and Cult…

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Siren songJanne Sirén, the director of the Albright-Knox, looks like a work of art himself. Siren, who is from Finland, is tanned and fit as few Buffalonians are. His teeth are blindingly white. That and his Scandinavian blond hair add up to the kind of look that no native Buffalonian could possibly have, not even if all your ancestors were from Finland. No wonder Buzz, wh…

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Late on Sunday evening, a small team of Buffalo street artists gathered in the parking lot of Holly Farms, a convenience store near Allen and College streets, to begin work on the first of a major new series of public murals.The mural-in-progress, created by a group of graffiti artists under the direction of Ian DeBeer and with the help of digital projection artist Keith H…

On Tuesday afternoon, I got word from a colleague in the know that a piece of pop-up theater would take place the following afternoon in a little-known performance space in downtown Buffalo. It would be a one-night-only affair and was expected to draw a standing-room-only crowd.As a theater critic, I am nothing if not susceptible to the lures of exclusive and semi-secretiv…

Carrying a table carved in the body of a guitar, Pat Stack scoured the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts for pieces to decorate the music room he’s putting together. Stack regards the Elmwood festival as one of his favorites, and he said he’s attended at least the last dozen years. “It’s a little bit more eclectic,” the Youngstown man said. “You find the oddball stuff.…