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Artist: Felice Koenig // Title: "Psychopomps" // On view in the lobby of Roswell Park Cancer Institute Buffalo artist Felice Koenig is best known for her painstaking paintings, each one its own miniature universe of layered acrylic bubbles built up through a meticulous and meditative process. In recent years, the frames for Koenig's work have evolved from standard square …

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Today, as part of a two-pronged public art project conceived by Jenny Kendler that we wrote about last month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is launching a regionwide effort to distribute free wildflower seeds to Western New Yorkers. The seeds -- about a dozen varieties of wildflowers that do well in our climate -- will be available at 10 locations in decorated newspaper "…

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On the east side of the WASH Project, the popular Massachusetts Street cultural center and laundry that has become a haven for Buffalo's burgeoning Burmese community, a graphic new mural has appeared. The piece, by new-to-Buffalo artist Nicholas Conrad Miller, depicts an important symbol in reflective gold paint against a striking red backdrop: The fighting peacock of Bur…

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During the past decade, Western New York has welcomed dozens of new public art projects. From the selfie-ready sensation known as "Shark Girl" and the terror-inspiring "Scary Lucy" to much quieter community murals, semi-sanctioned street art projects and neighborhood beautification projects, the public's appetite for art outside gallery and museum walls is growing rapidly.…

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Staff from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery are lining up behind their favorite 2016 presidential candidate -- Buffalo's beloved Shark Girl, who officially announced her candidacy on June 15. (Or, at least, the person who anonymously runs the whimsical sculpture's Twitter account did.) Here's a picture of the Albright-Knox staff posing with their toothy political hopeful:

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Under the normal laws of nature, the shark circles the people.Here in Buffalo, the people circle the shark.Walk past Shark Girl, the whimsical waterfront sculpture, on any sunny afternoon, and odds are, she will be surrounded. And someone will be sitting next to her. And both fish and visitor will be flashing the same toothy grin.“They’re lured in!” laughed Peg Mark of Eas…

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A new installation by Western New York artist Terri Katz Kasimov was recently unveiled in the lobby of the Conventus Center for Collaborative Medicine, the newest addition to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The piece, called "The Journey... Coming Together," is an acrylic painting that stretches across 300 feet of crumpled canvas. It's accompanied by Kasimov's mixed-m…

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The spirit of Robert Smithson, the great land artist whose 1970 magnum opus "Spiral Jetty" still juts out of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, is everywhere apparent at Artpark this season. With the results of a new artist residency program now on view near the entrance to the Mainstage Theatre, the Lewiston venue is reconnecting to its early days as a haven for artists whose …

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Mini golf is so 1995. Get your fine motor skills in shape for Larkin Links, Buffalo's first "nano golf" course, a lighthearted fusion of public art and recreation dreamed up by Buffalo entrepreneur Harry Zemsky and slated to open June 17. The course, which will be free and open to the public, features 11 holes designed by local artists and designers. These range from a c…

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Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze are making impressive progress on their new mural, "Go!", painted on the south face of 95 Perry Street. I caught up with them to talk about their process and the concept behind the piece, which Droze called "an energetic, celebratory scene for Buffalo." [bn_youtube id="v0i5fU4zyu0"]  

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's public art program has been busy. From "Shark Girl" to the glowing naked dudes perched atop steel poles that were unveiled at Canalside earlier this month, the county and city-funded program has already begun to visibly transform the visual landscape of the region. To help public art fans appreciate that growth, the gallery has put togethe…

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"Go!" -- a mural by Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze that won a public art competition earlier this year -- is slowly taking shape on the south face of 95 Perry St. On Monday afternoon, Adams and Droze were still hard at work priming the bricks with gesso so that the bright colors they plan to layer onto the building -- possibly starting as early as Tuesday-- will stick. …

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Shark Girl is back from vacation ahead of schedule, and she's looking good. The popular sculpture, which was removed earlier this month to undergo minor conservation work after a rough winter, returned Tuesday afternoon to its new location at Canalside near one of the newly constructed bridges beside the historic Commercial Slip. "I am really excited about Shark Girl's…

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Artist: Bernard C. Feldman // Work: Restored murals in Chestnut Ridge Park Casino On Tuesday night, Orchard Park officials, art conservators and public art fans celebrated the restoration of five historic murals in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino that had been damaged by 65 years of fireplace smoke, dirt buildup and other damage. The $40,000 project, overseen by art conse…

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Poor Shark Girl, still frozen in place Han Solo-style along the windswept Canalside boardwalk, awaiting warmer weather. She just looks so forlorn. I mean, more forlorn than usual: [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/buffgrl/status/557252322561392641"] According to her steward, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, temperatures remain too cold to dislodge her from her current sp…