Tag Archives: Arts and Entertainment

RIP Gabrielle Bouliane

30 Jan

There is an old proverb which reads, “Death cancels everything but truth.”   Gabrielle, a passionate artist and Buffalo expat, has passed after a battle with cancer.  She left some words of wisdom behind for us to remember.

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An IP Riddle

23 Aug

Q: What do you get when you misappropriate a design from Hero Design,

and combine it with a misappropriated design from Julian Montague?

A: Some really pissed off local artists!

Montague’s post here.

Hero’s post here.

France’s Most Wanted

5 May

I knew it was that bastard Gauguin all along!

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NYFA MARK Exhibit at Artspace

24 Mar

Members of the freshman class of the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) MARK Buffalo program will hold an exhibit of their artwork at Artspace, 1219 Main Street in Buffalo, with the opening to be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

The artists who will be exhibiting are Val Dunne, Lukia Costello, Jax Deluca, Iris Kirkwood, Connlith Keogh, Kara Daving, Kevin Kegler and Dennis Bertram. The Artspace gallery hours are from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

MARK is the (NYFA) new statewide six-month program, started in late 2007, for visual artists who want an opportunity for individualized focus on the professional side of their creative practice. MARK addresses the concerns of artists living outside of New York City while providing them with a new network statewide. Participating artists can expect MARK to spark goals and help to define concrete steps while providing individual and group feedback on how to better present themselves.

The MARK Program includes focus on how artists can expand their visibility, emphasizes goal setting and includes using the Internet effectively, strengthening grant or project applications, improving writing and speaking about their work and identifying exhibition opportunities. Between seminars, artists will be assigned projects related to their specific goals and individual feedback given to all participants. The first class of Buffalo MARK artists traveled to New York City as the conclusion of the program to present themselves and their at to curators and gallery operators there.

Photo above: “Wall” digitally enhanced, by Val Dunne

Artist descriptions after the jump Continue reading

Jamie Moses on the Arts

23 Mar

Buffalo Rising posted Artvoice Publisher Jamie Moses’ acceptance speech given recently at the 23rd Annual Arts Awards Luncheon.

It rambles a bit and reads a bit like a rant, and I don’t think the Buffalo News is what’s keeping arts in Buffalo down, but he makes some interesting points about the arts being an economic engine of their own, rivaling even the Sabres and Bills.

Nobody’s Art Center

11 Jan

Our talented staff videographer, Brian Zabka, is always out looking for stories that slip through the cracks.  The other day, he found a cool new underground community art center with a soul.  It’s a different twist on the gallery scene in that it’s multi-use and features sculpture, paintings, music, poetry, yoga, dance and photography.  Come as you are and enjoy the experience.

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Nobody’s Art Center is found in the former future lobby of the Elmwood Hotel on the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues.  Check it out.

Haunting

24 Apr

See this series of photographs.

Studio Arena's Newest Production: Chapter 11

3 Mar

I have to go to Albion for work this morning, so I’ll be busy listening to Ms. Tom Tom telling me to turn. right. in. three. hundred. yards.

In the meantime, I need a word or phrase to use as shorthand for what I generally call the cretinous or idiotic, distracting suburb/city argument. Your suggestion goes in comments.

Also, doing some abbreviated surfing this morning, I found this letter to the editor via Chris Byrd:

As an audience member of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Studio Arena on Feb. 24, I can’t help but weigh in on the state of Buffalo’s arts community. One of the most heartfelt and powerful productions of the last several years, it is also widely believed to be the last.

The state of a city is surely bleak when it can’t sustain its own arts scene. Studio Arena’s turbulent financial history only underscores the dominant attitude in Buffalo today. Maybe people are too engrossed with watching the latest “American Idol” on television, or perhaps Clarence and Amherst are too far removed from the city’s cultural base; people just don’t seem to care about Buffalo’s arts scene.

The creative and performance arts in Buffalo continue to struggle, along with our failing economy. How can we expect to attract willing residents, and keep the ones we already have, without a thriving arts scene? I would hate for Studio Arena to be martyrized, but it should be seen as a wake-up call. We must support local arts in Buffalo. They contribute to the city’s shared identity, and allow for us who choose to stay here to maintain a sense of pride and purpose.

I’ll respond in the style of the letter writer:

As an at-home audience member of “American Idol” on television, I can’t help but weigh in on the state of Buffalo’s arts community. Studio Arena is going out of business? That’s sad, I guess, but I don’t really go to the theater very often, if at all. So, to me it’s an abstract concern.

The state of a city is surely bleak when it can’t sustain its own arts scene. Studio Arena’s demise is due to a number of factors, including financial mismanagement, bad marketing, an unwillingness to take artistic risks, as well as the macro concerns of a shrinking, aging population and the fact that the economy is in the shitter. That means that even well-off people are cutting back on non-essential items. While the letter-writer ascribes Studio Arena’s problems to TV-watching neanderthals and suburban snobs, he ignores economic realities. If I want to go to the theater, I have to shell out money for gas, tickets, probably a meal, and a babysitter. That’s somewhere in the $300 – $400+ range when all is said and done. I don’t have that kind of scratch for that purpose except on rare, special occasions. Four people to one recent Sabres game cost well in excess of $500 when all was said and done – and we parked for free on the street. First time in the 7 years I’ve lived here we’ve done that particular family outing.

Jeff Simon’s article in the News on Saturday detailing how and why Studio Arena failed when other theaters are getting by or doing well. It has to do with a lack of creativity and artistic risk-taking at that theater, figuring safe = money. Simon claims that Studio Arena “lost its soul”. Sometimes things fail because they are no longer relevant or compelling. Studio Arena, unable to sustain itself in a market that became indifferent to it, went begging for handouts, and failed to find any. Instead of ascribing Studio Arena’s failure on American Idol or suburban indifference, let’s blame “plays no one was all that interested in”. To Kill A Mockingbird? Read it. Saw the movie. All done.

We must support local arts in Buffalo. They contribute to the city’s shared identity, and allow for us who choose to stay here to maintain a sense of pride and purpose. Luckily, we still have other theaters and artistic venues that represent that local arts scene, and things may have gotten marginally easier for them. After all, nobody liveblogs “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

The Artemis & Stag Show!

27 Jan