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Art ... What Does It Mean?

Art ... What Does It Mean?

New public art installation at Canalside. Wax poetic in the comments section below.

Tour The Incredible Holly Steam Engines at the Col. Ward This Sunday

Tour The Incredible Holly Steam Engines at the Col. Ward This Sunday
  • Buffalo's Hidden treasure are the Holly Steam Pumps at the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station on Porter Ave. Built by the Holly Manufacturing Co., Buffalo N.Y. in 1914. They still exist today in their original configuration complete and intact. The five engines each stand 60 ft. tall and weigh in at 1,100 tons apiece and are capable of pumping up to 30,000,000 million gallons per day each. They were the largest engines ever built by the Holly Company. They operated, pumping Buffalo's water till about 1980.  The building itself is magnificent with its large arched windows, tile walls, iron railings and street lights lining the balcony.

Olmsted Hosts 9th Annual "Party for the Parks"

Olmsted Hosts 9th Annual "Party for the Parks"

It’s a night you won’t want to miss – jugglers, fire dancers, special guests, unique entertainers, fireworks, delicious food and live music – all with a British twist. It’s the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s 9th annual “Party for the Parks” event and it’s happening this Friday, September 16th, at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park. Themed “A British Invasion,” this year’s “Party for the Parks” promises to be brilliant.

This event serves as Olmsted's key fundraiser for the sutainability and growth of the city's iconic parks.  "Party for the Parks" brings Western New Yorkers together for an exciting and entertaining evening, while raising awareness about the Olmsted Parks Conservancy's mission to enhance, restore, and maintain the Buffalo Olmsted Park System.

Tickets are $25.

Special guests include:

Thomas Herrera-Mishler, CEO and President of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Evolution | Revolution: Buffalo Arts Studio's 20th Anniversary Exhibition

Evolution | Revolution:  Buffalo Arts Studio's 20th Anniversary Exhibition

Buffalo Arts Studio is pleased to announce a celebratory group exhibition in commemoration of its twentieth anniversary. A free public opening reception with live music, performance art, and refreshments will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 7-11 p.m.

The exhibition will feature new works by selected artists who have previously exhibited at the gallery or been in residence at Buffalo Arts Studio. An accompanying catalog will be produced, including color photographs, essays, and a timeline documenting past exhibitions, artists in residence, Board of Directors members, education programs, events, community outreach, and notable accomplishments at the center from its conception in 1991 to the present.

Featured artists include:

John Aäsp
Joanna Angie
Jozef Bajus
Michael Beitz
Dennis Bertram
Amanda Besl
Krista Birnbaum
Robert Booth
Marie-Claire Bozant
David Buck
Bob Budin
Kyle Butler

Neighborhood Clean Up Today in the Clinton Bailey Neighborhood

Neighborhood Clean Up Today in the Clinton Bailey Neighborhood

Many groups came out today to show how much they care about the Clinton Bailey Community.

Fillmore District Common Council Member David Franczyk coordinated this clean up and the Matt Urban Center, AmeriCorps, CityCorps, and the Clinton Bailey Association participated. Clinton, Bushnell, Gilbert, Scoville, and Baitz Streets were targeted for mowing of vacant lots, tree trimming, debris removal, and weeding. We also handed out information to residents about available services.  

It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know our neighbors and beautify our neighborhood at the same time. This is part of a continuing program sponsored by Fillmore District Common Council Member David Franczyk and the Fillmore District Impact Team. Please join us for future cleanups at:

  • 8/19 South Division & Smith Street Playground
  • 8/26 Miller Street Garden

For volunteer information, please call: 851-9683

All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well
  •     A familiar early photo of Buffalo shows the Twin Pumps that stood at Main Street and The Terrace near what was the entrance to Memorial Auditorium. The two pumps standing side by side, were operated manually by two slim, curved pump handles made of wrought iron, about 4 feet long, with a ball at the end of each handle about the size of a small orange. The pumps stood on a stone slab about 4 feet wide, 6 feet long and about 10 inches high. On each corner of the plot reserved for the pumps was a stout oaken post to fend off wagons that might be inclined to drive too close. 

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

11 Days of Art Under the Radar

1200 performances!
52 venues
50 visual artists
190 musical acts
24 films/videos
90 performance projects including:
20 dances troupes/performers
35 theater groups/performers
27 poetry/ spoken word


The Buffalo Infringement Festival is an 11 day celebration of art of all kinds. It takes place in over 50 venues centered in Allentown and spans across the whole city of Buffalo. 

Artists perform in the usual venues and take over the streets of Allentown and the Elmwood Village.


There are 1200 performances and events scheduled in dance, theater, music, poetry, film, and visual installations.

In its 7th year, Infringement has grown tremendously from under 50 proposals in 2005, to 350 this year. Just about every artist in Buffalo takes part in the festival somehow and this year has 30 out- of - town acts coming to perform.