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In the grainy black-and-white photograph from 1903, Mark Twain sits on the steps of a vine-covered porch in Elmira, his white hair unkempt and his face paused in thought. Seated next to him is John T. Lewis, a poor pig farmer who was one of his closest friends. The unlikely pair, who are buried near each other in Elmira’s Woodlawn Cemetery, has found new life in a mural…

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Buffalo's summer of murals is off to an auspicious start. And this weekend offers a chance to see the artists in action. Just a few weeks after Felipe Pantone transformed the east facade of the Town Ballroom into a double-take-inducing digital hallucination, the sought-after street artist Logan Hicks will set to work on another wall in a prominent downtown spot. Hicks w…

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The inaugural Hertel Alley Street Art Festival was the site of creativity, artistic expression and dazzling colors on the first two days of June, as 20 artists volunteered their time to beautify Hertel Alley, a three-block strip immediately south of Hertel Avenue, near Colvin. One week later, a portion of the Hertel Alley canvas was defiled by a thick blue line of spray…

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Coming up with fun school break activities for teen or preteen kids can be challenging, especially if you want to do something different than the usual go-tos like arcades, trampoline parks or mall shopping. During midwinter break, I took two creative and curious suburban 15-year-olds on an Art in the City adventure, and perhaps it will inspire you to do something simil…

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Anne McIntosh and Nicole Casell were in New Orleans, drinking wine and listening to live jazz at a place called Bacchanal when they had their "a-ha" moment. Why can't Buffalo have a place like this? With the partners' opening at 50 Buffalo St., Hamburg, now it does, or as close as they could get. Alchemy is a bottle shop with a big backyard and an inside dedicated to…

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Casey William Milbrand, the artist who launched a thousand Instagram selfies and wedding proposals with his photogenic "Greetings From Buffalo" mural on Ellicott Street, is at it again. Milbrand's new mural, a blast of bold color and '70s-era typography, on the side of CRāVing Restaurant at 1472 Hertel Ave., will bear a simple message about the surrounding neighborhood …

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Amid Buffalo's broader public art renaissance, neighborhoods across the city are embracing murals – from simple way-finding signs to abstract compositions – as a way to reassert their historic identities and rebrand themselves in a changing city. Take the Old First Ward, one of Buffalo's oldest and proudest neighborhoods, which occupies about 20 square blocks betwee…

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It's not just magnolias and cherry trees that are finally blossoming in this delayed-onset Buffalo spring. Public art is blooming, too, and the first bright buds of a summerlong profusion of art are set to emerge this month with the commencement of three high-profile mural projects on Hertel Avenue and the East Side. As part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's busiest…

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The public art explosion that has consumed Buffalo over the past half-decade has been transformative. It's breathed new life into developing neighborhoods. It's given underexposed local artists new routes to recognition. It's helped downtown escape its stubborn reputation as a desolate snowscape devoid of people and color. But for young lovers and -- perhaps even mor…

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The City of Tonawanda hopes to erect a 16-foot-tall abstract metal sculpture that pays tribute to the Erie Canal on top of the covered canal if supporters can raise $50,000 to $60,000. The city's Visual and Performing Arts Council has commissioned sculptor Henry J. Schmidt to create a sculpture called "The Canal Remembered" that would sit in Niawanda Park along the Niag…

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For the past several weeks, Buffalonians have been working with New York City-based artist Amanda Browder to sew together what will become one of the more eye-popping public art projects in recent memory. Browder's project, "Spectral Locus," will cover in multi-colored fabric large sections of the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond Avenue and West Ferr…

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Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, two high-spirited muralists from Baltimore known for their bold, geometric style, are well on their way to completing a new commission on the side of the 710 Main Theatre. I caught up with the pair this morning as they were putting down the mural's first layer: Unterhalter and Truhn arrived last week to start the mural and have spent…

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A quietly inspirational public art project aimed at improving the daily lives of  Western New Yorkers is running through at least Monday on The Buffalo News' digital sign at Washington and Scott streets, with more billboard locations being planned. The project, called #operationhappy, is the brainchild of Katie Miller, who was inspired by Matthew Hoffman's popular series …

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Pedestrians and drivers making their way north along Elmwood Avenue at Breckenridge Street have a new art project to admire -- or dismiss, as their politics might dictate. It's an enormous head-and-shoulders photograph of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raising his finger in an authoritative stance. The photograph, which has already spawned a series of se…

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Three buildings in rapidly changing city neighborhoods will receive temporary makeovers in August as part of a public art project that will repurpose hundreds of yards of donated fabric into enormous tapestries to shroud the structures’ facades. The community-fueled project, sponsored by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and executed by Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder, w…