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April 22, 2013

Project 308 hosts shows by graduating students



“She’s interested in figuring out why we buy what we buy,” Brown said.

Heider describes her style as illustrative, “really loose and playful and kind of whimsical,” adding that she chose food products like beer and wine bottles that would lend themselves to her type of hand-drawn approach.

Brown said she was happy to have a food packaging show at the gallery because she understands the art world has expanded so much.

“There’s a large variety of things artists can do, from sketches to computer design, and I like to display everything and cater to the people coming to the show because someone who might not like sculpture might like design,” she said.

For those who might like a little more of that variety in a gallery showing, Project 308 is hosting a three-artist exhibit May 3 to May 17.

The three artists — Alexander Derwick, Luke Dougherty and David Leighty — will be graduating from University at Buffalo’s visual studies department with master’s degrees. While they will be featured concurrently at the gallery, their shows are not meant to be viewed as one cohesive unit.

Leighty, a mixed-media artist who primarily works in print-making, said that while there are no thematic strands tying the three artists together, they wanted to show together because they get along well.

“We have similar aims and goals in the presentations of our work,” he said. “It felt very comfortable and I’m a big fan of community and ... that’s the important part to me, the camaraderie.”

Leighty said his work is all about the community. His element of the show, which will be on view in the back storage room of the gallery, is based on his undergraduate years living in a large house — AKA, the monster house — with a bunch of other people interested in art and the punk scene in Ohio.

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