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A bold, graphic mural that packs nearly every conceivable symbol of Buffalo's past and present onto three garage door panels was chosen as the winner of a public art contest launched last month by HarborCenter. The winning artists are Thomas Paul Asklar and Matthew Sinclair Conroy of Lewiston, who went head to head in a public voting competition with five other entries fr…

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If you're a "Seinfeld" fan, you've likely already acted fast and purchased tickets to his Shea's appearances, as both have been sold out for some time. But, even if you missed out on the TV superstar, there's still an awful lot to do. Here's The 10: 1) Ellicottville Winter Blues and Brews Fest, 4 p.m. Jan. 22 through Jan. 24. Each sampling session requires a $10 donation…

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The bland brown loading dock of HarborCenter that greets visitors shuffling along Scott Street between (716) Food and Sport and Tim Hortons will soon receive an injection of color as part of a public art project planned for the building. The mural, following a model established locally by a recent public art project at 95 Perry St., will be chosen via a public vote on the…

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Niagara Falls will welcome its first major public art project in years this summer, when a towering new abstract sculpture by Indianapolis-based artist Jeff Laramore is installed on Centennial Circle.The yet-to-be-fabricated piece, announced during a Niagara Falls City Council Meeting last week, was designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treat…

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Shasti O’Leary Soudant’s proposal for a new public art project on the south face of 95 Perry St. lost by a hair in a public competition to Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams’ mural “Go!”But her consolation prize wasn’t half-bad: A commission for a eye-popping piece of art to be permanently displayed in the atrium of a new $40 million residential and office development project…

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The Maryland-based sculptor Antonio Tobias “Toby” Mendez has completed his first official sculpture of a U.S. president. The 7½-foot bronze, installed Oct. 26 outside the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, depicts the 26th president much as he looked on the day of his inauguration in Buffalo on Sept. 14, 1901. To create the monumental piece, Mendez -- wh…

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Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze have done it again. The team responsible for popular murals at Elmwood and Bidwell avenues and on the side of 95 Perry St. have added a new piece to their growing collection of outdoor art: A gigantic and complex collage of references to local history and some distinctly Art Deco imagery on the side of a Lockport building. The piece, on th…

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A gargantuan mural honoring the history of Lockport and the Erie Canal is underway on the side of a building at 51 Main St. in Lockport. It's the latest project by Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams, the busy team of muralists responsible for the transformation of 95 Perry St. into a multicolored tribute to the Cobblestone District and the fantasia of neighborhood landmarks …

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After a Jeep driver crashed into Allentown restaurant Cantina Loco last week, co-owner Mike Andrzejewski could simply have followed the lead of countless other businesses that have fallen victim to a recent spate of crashes and tacked up some standard plywood. But with the help of a local graffiti artist, Cantina is making the most of the mishap: UPDATE: The piece is b…

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In early August, the Parkside neighborhood lost one of its biggest champions, the community activist and teacher Ruth Lampe. And today, the Parkside Community Association is honoring her memory with a vibrant street mural at the intersection of Crescent Avenue and Robie Street. The tribute, created by artist Justin Dahl with help from his student Talia Rosmarin and severa…

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One year ago today, Buffalo welcomed its most popular public artwork in memory. At a bizarre news conference attended by local politicians and officials from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Casey Riordan Millard's "Shark Girl" sculpture made its debut, immediately causing a social media sensation, drawing throngs of admirers and spawning countless Instagrams, to wit: &nbs…

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A series of five portraits of Buffalo mayors long-dead -- tattered, subjected to botched repairs and caked in more than a century of accumulated grime -- are now looking like their old selves again after a 14-month restoration process. The meticulous, $22,271 restoration of five portraits by the Buffalo company ConservArt and one lithograph by paper conservator Laura Sche…

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The internet is abuzz today with news of "Dismaland," a sprawling, dystopian "bemusement" park designed by the popular street artist Banksy that's set to open a five-week run Saturday in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. The grim project, described in an official brochure as "a theme park who’s [sic] big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes," inclu…

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Rachel Adams, who began her tenure as associate curator for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries in March, is determined to introduce new artists to Buffalo. In one important respect, she's already accomplished that: Her husband, Nicholas Conrad Miller, recently completed a striking mural as part of a community cultural project at the WASH Project on the Massachusetts …

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CEPA Gallery has selected six photographs by Buffalo-based artists as finalists for the 2015 Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize, established in 2013 in memory of Allan R. Oseroff, the longtime chief of dermatology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute who died in 2008. The winner, chosen partly through a public voting process on the prize's Facebook page, will receive $1,000 and …