Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across Western New York will flock to downtown Buffalo for the 61st Allentown Art Festival this weekend. Art lovers and people-watchers will find streets filled with arts, music, and energy.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is offering a week of free admission starting Thursday through April 5.

For many military personnel, readjusting to civilian life can be a battle. Transitioning from active service or returning from deployment can bring on feelings and emotions that are difficult to manage. For some, art can be a way to understand those feelings and find peace within oneself. In his series on the arts and social integration, WBFO’s Scott Sackett talks with artist and U.S. Army Colonel Jim Becker, one of the founders of the Artists/Veterans Art Collaborative.


In Shakespeare's OTHELLO Desdemona is the frail victim of false accusation, but Pulitzer Prize winning Paula Vogel puts her in charge, sleeping with the Othello's entire encampment, in DESDEMONA: A Play About a Handkerchief which Brazen Faced Varlets opened at Rust Belt Books.

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At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see works by some of the most influential modern and contemporary artists. There are priceless masterpieces and defining images that are known around the world. It might not sound like the kind of place a family with young children can go for an afternoon of fun, but that’s now the growing trend. WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett recently visited the Albright-Knox on a Family Funday and shares what he discovered.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has long been renowned for its collection of modern art, both purchased in the art market and donated by artists and gallery benefactors like John Albright and Seymour Knox Jr. Gallery Director Janne Siren announced Tuesday that the collection is expanding again with an amazing gift.

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of visionary American landscape painter Charles Burchfield. WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett recently visited the Hamlet of Gardenville, the place that inspired many of Burchfield's works, for a look at his legacy.

The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought in an art exhibition that some visitors have described as "thrilling" and "inspirational." It's the work of British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. The exhibition is called "J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free" and focuses on the artist's late work, made after the age of 60. It comes to Toronto after having been shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

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A homecoming of sorts gets underway at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this weekend. A new exhibit titled "Monet and the Impressionist Revolution" opens to the public Sunday.

Amanda Browder

Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder is working to transform an art gallery in Buffalo's University Heights neighborhood into a work of art and she's inviting the community to help.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has figured out a great way to get art history into the hands of youth. It will launch new interactive mobile gaming App Saturday.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the new game App provides interaction with art history.

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The Public Art Initiative between the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Erie County has now headed into area schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says thanks to a generous donations 60,000 art kits will be in the hands of local school students. 

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will hold a free public opening for a collection of paintings that will soon return on a year-long tour across the country. The exhibit “Sincerely Yours: Treasures Of The Queen City” will be in Buffalo until September.

Graffiti targets being turned into public art

Jun 16, 2014

The public art organization responsible for murals on Tonawanda Street and Elmwood Avenue is now looking to bring their project to Hertel Avenue. Community Canvases is looking for artists to paint signal box murals along the city roadway this summer.

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There may soon be more public art works around Buffalo as City Hall continues its work to repair existing installations.

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Estimates are there are at least 45,000, and maybe as many as 90,000, free-roaming cats in the City of Buffalo. In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott sits down with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata to talk about some of the problems these cats are posing and a possible solution.

Historic architecture improved with new technology

Aug 20, 2013
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A western New York business is creating terra cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The objects are an important element in restoring and maintaining historic buildings and building new ones.

Public art aims to promote health and wellness

Aug 7, 2013
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Two public murals were unveiled at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday. The large-scale artworks were installed on the sides of a parking garage located between Goodrich and High streets in the city.

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The 56th edition of the Allentown Art Festival drew thousands of attendees on Saturday.

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Neglia Ballet Artists has been preparing for Giselle. The romantic, classical ballet will be performed at Shea's Performing Arts Center next Thursday evening for one show only.

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The new leader of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is being called a "visionary" arts director with extensive European experience.

Just in time for the Halloween season, Jekyll and Hyde the Musical will open at Shea's Performing Arts Center.   WBFO's Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase kick off this week's conversation with a review of the show.

South Buffalo native Mike Maccalupo is back on the book store shelves with his new novel Murder at Ravenswood Hall. 

Most of the book is set in North Carolina, but key events take place back here in his home town.  WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to speak with Maccalupo about his work.

This week on Theatre Talk we remember the career of Broadway and film star Celeste Holm who died at the age of 95.

WBFO & AM-970's Jim Santella is on vacation this week so Anthony Chase is joined by Eileen Buckley for our conversation of the national and local theatre scene.  Jim returns next week!

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Buffalo's Artspace on Main Street is expected to be the home for the city's Arts and Technology Center.
Sponsors and directors told WBFO's Jim Pastrick the Center has a well-defined mission.

In April of 2009, representatives from Buffalo's public and private sector wanted to learn more about Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsman's Guild.

Chinese New Year: Meaning & celebration

Jan 25, 2012

This week marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year --  the longest and most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

To celebrate, the Chinese Club of Western New York and the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute are planning a free afternoon of lively music, dance and martial arts demonstrations this Saturday at UB's Center for the Arts.

When I arrived at a recent rehearsal for Saturday's event, a group of about 10 adult dancers were practicing a Tibetan Dance of Peace.

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 Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase delivery their weekly review of area theatre.  They begin this week with the Irish Classical Theatre's "The Hostage" on stage until February 5.

This week's Theatre Talk review also offers a quick  a rundown of other shows;  A Vow to open at Friday at Buffalo United Artists, The Gin Game at the American Rep Theater at Black Tie at the Kavinoky Theatre.