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By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Evan Hawkins is a contemporary surrealist. His work, which includes drawings of modern structures overtaken by ancient ruins and photo illustrations of shipwrecks on other planets, comes directly from the illogical language of dreams. It fuses ancient with the futuristic and the celestial with the terrestrial. It first... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, May 31, 2016

When she was diagnosed with a severe case of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999, Buffalo artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant experienced thoughts familiar to any cancer patient who steps through the doors of a hospital: Anxiety. Hope. Fear. Frustration.The memory of those feelings accompanied her on a tour of Roswell Park Cancer... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gardening season is upon us, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center is getting in on the action. The center on Tuesday announced a new landscape design by Timothy Richley, who promised visitors "a visual gateway which will give the effect of looking at the Burchfield Penney through a watercolor painting.” The... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Put away those passports, Shaw Festival fans.In a new partnership announced Wednesday, the repertory theater company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., will send select productions to 710 Main Theater as part of the Buffalo theater’s annual subscription season.Starting in September, the Shaw Festival will move productions to... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, May 23, 2016

On a Wednesday morning in early April, Rachel Lyons’ first-period art classroom in Buffalo’s Academy for Visual and Performing Arts was a scene of tightly controlled chaos. In the back corner of the classroom, 10th-graders Kayla Riley and Nicholas Stokes pasted long pieces of string along the main thoroughfares of... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, May 21, 2016

There’s no better antidote to cynicism than the famous penultimate lines of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” in which the ghost of a young woman speaks about the microscopic pleasures of life before trudging back to her grave. “Wait!” says the girl, played in the Shaw Festival’s production by Kate Besworth.... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, May 21, 2016

In two small, white-walled rooms on the second floor of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, a dedicated group of archivists, curators, writers and interns are quietly constructing a new version of history. During the busiest times, the space is abuzz with activity as a handful of staffers and up to five interns upload... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 19, 2016

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,... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 19, 2016

When Buffalo painter William Y. Cooper died in February, the arts community lost one of its most vibrant personalities. Cooper’s astoundingly bright and colorful paintings and murals, in which he wove together the infinite influences of African culture with a painting style that could best be described as musical, are... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 19, 2016

In cities segmented by class, race and politics, it is often artists who are charged with bridging divides. For a yearlong period beginning next fall, that task will fall to the Chicago-based artist Nick Cave and several community organizations. They will collaborate on an art and performance project initiated by CS1... Read More

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