Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

The City in Ruins

The artworks of Dennis Maher and Kyle Butler, in a dual-artist exhibit at Buffalo Arts Studio, are about forces of destruction, in a good way.

Primal and Private

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of the Western New York Book Arts Center, a recent, welcome addition to our region’s cultural landscape. It is home to the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative (WNYBAC), an organization committed to “promoting, encouraging and developing printing & book related arts through education and access for individual artists and underserved communities.” Its exhaustive first-year schedule of contemporary/historical exhibitions, events and workshops has impressively touched on nearly all facets of the printed word and image, including but not limited to printmaking, papermaking, illustration, graphic design, writing, and book-binding. Programming such as last year’s superb exhibition of Catherine Parker’s paintings based on the works of 16th-century poet George Herbert demonstrates how creatively WNYBAC has interpreted their cross-disciplinary mission. True to their namesake, they have collaborated broadly and often with area institutions/groups such as the University at Buffalo, Daemen College, and Hero Design Studio just to name a few. Just Buffalo Literary Center’s recent relocation of its administrative offices and performance space to the floor above them is a dynamic move that can only reinforce the future activities of both organizations.

Back to issue index