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War of 1812 Remembered

The current exhibit at the Artsphere Gallery on Amherst Street near Grant is like a short course on War of 1812 history, with particular reference to events connected to the Black Rock area, of which there were several of significance. Black Rock was the American Navy headquarters for Great Lakes operations during the war. The work is by a half dozen or so artists and in various media. John Montague has an oil painting of the captured HMS Detroit aground on Squaw Island. In October of 1812, a party of Americans rowed over to Fort Erie in the dead of night and captured the Detroit and the schooner Caledonia, but as they were making off with their booty, the Detroit was pounded by shore batteries and largely disabled. The Americans were able to get the Detroit across to Squaw Island, but there torched the vessel.

Jane Marinsky's Book Illustrations at Daemen College

Jane Marinsky’s works currently on show at the Daemen College ICEA center in the Tri-Main Building are illustrations for her latest children’s book, Just Perfect. She wrote the book and did the charming and imaginative artwork. It’s a story about a happy little family of mommy and daddy and little boy, but from the little boy’s perspective—he’s the narrator—something seems wanting. A pet seems to be the solution, and they try out a series of them including some more or less ordinary examples—a dog, a turtle, a chameleon—and some out-of-the-ordinary—a dolphin, a rooster, an owl, even an octopus. None of them quite hits the mark. The dog sheds prodigiously. On a family hike in the country, the turtle constantly lags behind. Keeping a dolphin requires flooding the living room. The owl turns out to be extremely annoying, always asking questions, in fact, always the same question: “Who?” In the end, the narrator says, “Nothing seemed to fit just right.” The picture is of the roof of the house, with the head and part of the neck of a giraffe protruding from the chimney.

Meridian West Gallery Opens

Artist, poet, and former president of the Buffalo Society of Artists, George Grace, has taken another creative turn and opened an art gallery at 1209 Hertel Avenue. The former Chateau Buffalo Wine Shop is now a venue for local artists and a forum for writers and poets.

Haudenosaunee Collaborative Arts Program Opens at the Jung Center

Earth stewardship has been missing from the Western episteme since the story of Genesis when Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden presaged a troubled relationship with the natural world.

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