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  • ART: The late Polly King honored with exhibit The first thing that captures the viewer’s attention upon entering the second floor of the Niagara Falls Public Library is the color.

    March 6, 2009

  • 090203 NAD Rogers - Night and Day WARNING: ‘Racing Death’ may speed your pulse. They'll be taking people's pulse rates at the preview of the Jonathan Rogers' new exhibit at the NACC to see if the works really can get people's hearts racing.

    February 5, 2009 1 Photo 1 Link

  • greenan ART: Falls artist featured in new Castellani exhibit There’s only thing more telling than the paintings selected for Amy Greenan’s new exhibit and that is the art that remains on the walls of her home.

    February 2, 2009 1 Photo

  • beck ART: Raphael Beck comes home In artist extraordinaire Augustus Raphael Beck (1858-1947), Niagara County had a prolific and internationally renowned master of early 20th century art.

    January 13, 2009 1 Photo

  • nacc ART: Open house at the NACC Bobby Anderson has been a lot of places since he walked the hallways of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center as a young man.

    He probably never dreamed back then — when it was a high school — that he would return one day as one of the stars of a reality TV show called “Hell’s Kitchen.”

    Anderson will be among the special guests at the “Holiday Open Studios — Open Galleries,” being held Friday evening. The event, which one organizer called “one of the biggest and best holiday extravaganzas the NACC has ever experienced,” will allow the public to step inside many of the artist studios at the facility and participate in some holiday festivities, as well.

    November 20, 2008 1 Photo

  • carnegie ART: A tour of smaller Niagara County galleries If art is everywhere, so are artists, and one would expect Niagara County — the county’s famous waterfall alone has inspired painters, photographers and orators for hundreds of years — to have something of an artists’ community within its confines.

    Actually, it has several — Lewiston could be counted as one — and crucibles of art can be found all over the county. We found five remarkable places, large and small and none named Kenan or Castellani, wherein artists in any medium can find space, supplies, solace, instruction, opportunities to present, the company of peers and a place to work. All are thriving enterprises with that enthusiasm and optimism only perceptible these days with successfully-run arts management, and each has its own spin on bringing the practice of art to the masses.

    October 16, 2008 1 Photo

  • metamorph ART: Castellani experiences a ‘Metamorphosis’ The term “Kafkaesque” is thrown around often, but Niagara University will have a literal reason to use the word this fall.

    Canadian artist Max Streicher’s “Metamorphosis,” an exhibit based on the most notable work of seminal writer Franz Kafka, will open Friday at the university’s Castellani Art Museum. Streicher, who works with inflatables, created a large and literal interpretation of the story that finds a man turn into a bug. The main showpiece of the installation finds inspiration from that physical transformation.

    October 3, 2008 1 Photo

  • skittles ART: Kenan Center gets hungry You don’t go far without thinking about food.

    There’s Wegmans, Emeril on television, backyard tomatoes, a good glass of wine, McDonalds. Baby food, Snickers and fried zucchini. The perfectly-set dinner table and the compost heap. By definition, it’s a universal topic.

    Enter the artists whose work appears in “Feasting Eyes: Artists Take on Food,” an exhibit beginning today at the Kenan Center in Lockport.

    August 28, 2008 1 Photo

  • mingus ART: Album inspires art show Some people see music when they hear it.

    Mark Weld takes that connection one step farther in his show, “Mingus Called,” opening Saturday at Lockport’s Market Street Art Center.

    The idea behind the month-long show is a series of paintings based on Joni Mitchell’s 1979 album, “Mingus.” Weld says he was inspired by the album, but he’s not quite sure why.

    August 13, 2008 1 Photo

  • heist ART: Trial begins over $30M Cezanne stolen in 1978 At first, nothing seemed out of place when Michael Bakwin returned to his home in the Berkshires after he and his family went away for Memorial Day weekend in 1978.

    But the next day, Bakwin’s wife walked into the dining room and saw that seven paintings had been stripped from the walls, including a still life by the French impressionist Paul Cezanne now worth tens of millions of dollars. The theft set off an international investigation that led to Monaco, Geneva, London and — finally — to a retired lawyer.

    August 13, 2008 1 Photo

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