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A chronicle of WNY artists at Dana Tillou Fine Arts

“Regional artist” is a slippery term. A “Western New York Artist” generally refers to an artist who is associated with this region; he/she was born, studied, worked, or taught in this area. For some artists, that time in Western New York may have been brief and the permanent record of his/her sojourn here may be limited to work that remained in public or private collections or the influence that a teacher/mentor had on his students. As time passes, the memory of artists who spent time here grows dimmer. For some late artists who had retrospective exhibitions with illustrated catalogs of their work—such as UB professor Seymour Drumlevitch (at the Albright-Knox), Daemen professor James Kuo (at the Burchfield Penney), and Martha Visser’t Hooft (at the Anderson Gallery)—there exists a more permanent record of their achievements. For many others, the knowledge of who, when, and what constitutes the art history of this region depends upon biographical sketches, when they can be found, and the oral history of individuals who knew/know of the artists or own their work.

Sohelia Esfahani and Hye Yeon Nam at Buffalo Arts Studio

Nathan Naetzker's paintings at Weeks Gallery

I recently spent an afternoon with painter Nathan Naetzker. On an earlier evening, over good Scotch, we had talked of life and its occasional weighted significance, but this afternoon I was in his studio overlooking a patented Burchfield winter landscape to talk about his work.

Nate Peracciny's photographs at Allen Street Hardware

Allen Street Hardware, for anyone who doesn’t know it already, is a bar and restaurant with a busy schedule of music events and art exhibitions. While it’s a strong venue for music, the art, as is often the case in Buffalo restaurants, sometimes has been marginalized along the walls, without much curatorial input.

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