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Arts & Museums
This Buffalo museum is part of the world's largest privately-held collection of rare and valuable manuscripts held by real-estate tycoons David and Marsha Karpeles. It is actually one of eleven Karpeles libraries scattered throughout the U.S. There are two library adjuncts in Buffalo, Porter Hall and the North Hall. The museum houses gems such as an original U.S. Bill of Rights draft, a description by Einstein of his Theory of Relativity, and a Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by George Washington. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are appreciated.
Located at the tip of Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, this historic farm house, originally built in 1849 and restored by the Grand Island Historical Society, contains memorabilia from U.S. President Grover Cleveland (who worked on his uncle's farm as a young man) as well as Victorian furnishings. The Cleveland material includes a library with books, documents and photos connected with Grand Island. Tours of the house are conducted the second Sunday of each month with volunteers dressed in Victorian outfits. Group tours may also be arranged by appointment.
Since 1991, Big Orbit Gallery has been serving western New York's artist community. Located in the Essex Arts Center, a former ice house, just a few blocks from Richmond Avenue, this artist-run gallery features experimental and avant-garde visual and non-visual work by western New York artists. Their Visual Arts Program lets established artists experiment with their artwork and gives new artists the opportunity to exhibit their work. Their Soundlab program focuses on music and sound, as well as experimental theater. The Big Orbit Soundlab venue is located in the Dun building in downtown Buffalo. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Located in an historic Victorian building in the Elmwood district, this Buffalo gallery has been catering to the needs of the city's art-loving public for more than 30 years. With three floors, the gallery accommodates well-known international artists such as Erte and lesser-known locals hoping to make a name for themselves. And it's all in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. If you've worked up an appetite, try the nearby Ambrosia, Sweet Tooth, or India Gate.
Located in the lively Elmwood Strip of Buffalo's West Side, not far from Delaware Park and the Buffalo State College campus, this gallery and art boutique has been providing customers with top-notch art, art accessories, and gifts at affordable prices since 1984. Among the services offered are limited-edition lithographs, custom picture framing, and plaque mounting for special occasions such as graduations, awards dinners and sports presentations.
A classic example of Art Deco architectural design, this building ranks as an early 20th Century American masterpiece and has been considered an enduring symbol of Buffalo's genius and spirit since it was designed in 1929 by John J. Wade. Located in the center of downtown and overlooking Buffalo's main public square, the 32-story building boasts Native American-influenced tile details, friezes showing aspects of city life, and a top-floor observation tower with views of Lake Erie and the city.
This studio and gallery, which opened in 2005, features the work of many talented local artists. However, what makes this studio different is that the artists are adults with developmental disabilities. It's the first studio of its kind in Western New York. Established by the Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, the studio provides art instruction for the disabled under the direction of professional artists. These artists work in a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, mixed media, fiber, sculpture, drawing, and ceramics. The public gallery is also open to other community artists for exhibits. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Whether you're looking for cutting-edge visual arts, contemporary music, or innovative performance art, this is the place to be. Located in the The Ashbury Delaware Church, this non-profit center offers annual memberships which can be used to get discounts on the admission price of events. It also allows members to exhibit their own work at the annual January Members Show.
464 Art Gallery is a reputed art venue in Buffalo that serves to work towards the dissemination of emerging local artists, musicians and sculptors. This is one place where art pervades in all its forms. You can come here to view the several paintings and art works at display or even take home some. You can find here works in sculpting, photography, literature and so on. This place is a paradise for ardent art lovers.
Both owner Nina Freudenheim and her art gallery, located within the Lenox Hotel in Allentown, make for a stunning visual presence. In business for more than 25 years as an artist rep and gallery curator, Freudenheim is known far and wide for her spectacular shows. The gallery itself consists of two elegant rooms with old-style ceilings and windows. Both regional and national artists get their share of exhibitions here—and a chance to move on to bigger and better things.
This unique art gallery is the only arts organization in Western New York that focuses on the works of Latin/Caribbean and African American artists. It was started in 1981 by a grass roots group of Latin and Caribbean artists, who noticed that artwork done by artists in their ethnic groups was not represented in most traditional art galleries. This group sponsored a number of exhibits on Buffalo's West Side. They later began including the works of people from all different types of backgrounds and eventually opened a permanent gallery. Local, national and international artists display their work here. Many of the exhibits are designed to educate people, as well as entertain them. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This society in downtown Buffalo close to Dunn Tire Park and Erie Basin Marina is dedicated to the preservation of the area's rapidly fading maritime past. Its holdings include hundreds of thousands of documents, photos, oral histories and artifacts. The museum features a library, shop, offices, research labs, photo dark room and display area. The society has loaned its materials to local institutions including the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Their showcases change frequently as they are always acquiring new materials.