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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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The influence of visual art on popular culture isn’t always obviousto the casual observer. It often seeps in from the edges, popping up in television dialogue or informing the look and feel of an Oscar-winning film. This is the quiet but expansive role art plays in American culture, trickling from the art-obsessed... 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 » 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 » Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Few historical forces retain more sway over the creative output of the Buffalo-Niagara region than its industrial heritage. Reminders of it are omnipresent and unavoidable, from the grain elevators lining the Buffalo River to the hollowed-out former factories and warehouses that ring the downtown core. In addition to... Read More

Monday, May 16, 2016

For the past several years, Buffalo videographers including Jon Hand and Nathan Peracciny have been creating a series of sensitive, searching and beautifully shot profiles of local artists and longtime members of the Buffalo Society of Artists. Those profiles, which delve deeply into the artists’ working processes and... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, May 16, 2016

Asked to name the single source of inspiration has exerted the most influence on Buffalo-area artists over the last 10 years, local art fans would answer unequivocally: the grain elevator. And with good reason. For many, the hulking concrete structures that tower over the city’s industrial corridor are inexhaustible... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, May 13, 2016

1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 p.m. to midnight May 14 in Memorial Park and the Village of Hamburg. $12 in cash at the event gets you a wristband for all of the music; you can find the full music schedule here. Commentary: Festival organizers did an impressive job curating the music lineup, as a wealth of different genres... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 12, 2016

After a hiatus in 2015, Echo Art Fair is returning to Buffalo’s cultural scene with a renewed mission to expand the city’s art market and a special focus on its architectural heritage. This year’s fair will run 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 in the former American Axle plant on East Delavan... Read More

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Everyone should have access to media and the tools required to create and share it. That remains the simple if not so simply accomplished goal of Squeaky Wheel, the community-based, artistically adventurous arts organization that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Community access and education has always... Read More

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