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The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the Elmwood Village’s crunchier, funkier and more localist answer to the larger Allentown Art Festival, will turn a three-block stretch of the city into a bastion of Buffalo-based arts and culture Saturday and Sunday.The 14th version of the fest, considered the symbolic closing parenthesis to Buffalo’s busy festival season, will fea…

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the Elmwood Village’s crunchier, funkier and more localist answer to the larger Allentown Art Festival, will turn a three-block stretch of the city into a bastion of Buffalo-based arts and culture Saturday and Sunday.The 14th version of the fest, considered the symbolic closing parenthesis to Buffalo’s busy festival season, will fea…

Among Buffalo’s innumerable summer festivals, one of the most bittersweet is surely the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, a grass-roots affair that celebrates the city’s swirling artistic culture. If you find yourself getting too melancholy about the imminence of sweater season, a good cure would be a long stroll down Elmwood Avenue on Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 1…

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There is an abstract painting by Moira Jane Dryer in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery collection that features a riot of streaked green acrylic paint punctuated by several black dots.The painting is alluring enough on its own, but what really makes the piece resonate is a metal music stand positioned just to its left. It suggests something strange and central about the inters…

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There is an abstract painting by Moira Jane Dryer in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery collection that features a riot of streaked green acrylic paint punctuated by several black dots.The painting is alluring enough on its own, but what really makes the piece resonate is a metal music stand positioned just to its left. It suggests something strange and central about the inters…

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Three new murals were recently unveiled on highly visible public structures in Buffalo, providing a welcome splash of color commentary on the city’s changing streetscape and culture.The side of Lorigo’s Meating Place, a butcher shop on Grant Street, now features a collaborative mural completed through an ambitious project overseen by Young Audiences of Western New York. On…

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For a certain sort of Buffalo art lover, the highlight of the year is in late July, when dozens of people bring their blankets and picnic spreads to Days Park and settle in for Squeaky Wheel’s popular Outdoor Animation Festival. This year, the event was moved inside Squeaky’s Main Street headquarters because of rain, so the organizers decided to have another go. Its encore…

A Catholic nun and an expert in Mayan spirituality will hang their artwork side by side in a new exhibition in Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.) designed to explore the common threads between artistic and spiritual pursuits. Sister Mary Ann Therese Kelly, an accomplished stained glass artist whose work is in private homes and houses of worship throughout Western New York, wi…

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City of Night, the manic and many-splendored arts festival that seemed to spring up from nowhere last September to become one of the most buzzed-about cultural events of 2012, returns to the Silo City complex of grain elevators and industrial buildings on Saturday night.The improved and more polished event organized by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo will feature a ve…

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Some of the most important works at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, from Jackson Pollock’s riotous “Convergence” to major works by Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent van Gogh, are about to see the country.For the first time in decades, the Buffalo treasures will be part of a national touring show, visiting Denver, San Diego, Milwaukee and Bentonville, Ark., the home of Walmar…

New murals now decorate the Buffalo urbanscape, one on Grant Street and two others on opposite sides of a parking garage at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Anyone familiar with Brendan Bannon’s photojournalism from Africa knows the Buffalo native has been slowly capturing the continent’s complexity, often via pictures published in major newspapers. Those expecting more of Bannon’s dramatic subjects – including pirates and refugees – will be surprised to find subtler fare in “Nairobi: New Works,” on display at El Museo Francis…

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Recently, in the process of painting his abstract pieces, Mark Palmer noticed something strange: The structure of a human face would sometimes emerge, as if on its own, from his otherwise freehand paint strokes. Rather than trying to repress the unexpected appearance of a figure in his abstract work, Palmer went with it.The result is a body of work on view in Studio Hart (…

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One of the largest and oldest art festivals in the region kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, when more than 175 artists will set up shop on the quainter-than-quaint streets of Lewiston for the village’s 47th annual art festival. The event features four blocks chock full of work by painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic artists and purveyors of jewelry and craft items.The …

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The Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) will throw open its doors to the public for free Friday night as part of its monthly Second Fridays event, which features two new exhibitions and the premiere of a film score by Kevin Cain.The art exhibitions are “Shiver,” an installation combining art, science and technology by Colleen Ludwig, and “Craft in Black and Wh…