Leigh Chapman- bloom where planted
Jan
5
to Jan 31

Leigh Chapman- bloom where planted

we are proud to present the homecoming exhibition for liegh chapman. this exhibit explores a family of artists-being present and blooming where we are planted. art that is recording moments, felt in the heart first, invisible, love makes them visible. leigh is a former designer for radio city music hall and assistant to the creative director for peter max studios in new york city.

artist reception saturday january 5th 5-7pm

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rio mansour - creating a beautiful mess: the love project
Dec
8
to Jan 3

rio mansour - creating a beautiful mess: the love project

  • 4545 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221 United States (map)
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rio mansour, creator of love beats everything clothing line presents a solo exhibition with works that inspired the line as well as new work featuring zaina, the beauty within. celebrate love during this holiday season and meet rio and his incredible mission to spread positivity.

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JazzBuffalo Presents The Hot Club of Buffalo
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

JazzBuffalo Presents The Hot Club of Buffalo

  • 4545 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221 United States (map)
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During the month of October, Expo68 will present an exhibition exploring art that is inspired by the spirit of jazz.  Weekly live jazz performances, presented by JazzBuffalo, will take place during the Spontaneous Combustion exhibition.

$10 Cover charge at the door

The Hot Club of Buffalo plays Gypsy Swing. This style was created in the 1930’s by the legendary 2-fingered guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Gypsy Swing blends upbeat American big band music with exotic European gypsy sounds.

The music is performed entirely on acoustic instruments. The rhythm guitar takes the place of a drum set. The guitars, strings, and even the picks are specially chosen to get that unique gypsy sound!

The Hot Club brings a modern twist to this vintage music, injecting riffs from Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and current pop songs. The band’s music is dance-friendly and includes world music, like bossa nova, choro, and rhumba. Improvisation is a big part of the Hot Club’s live show, so each performance is different from the last!

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JazzBuffalo Presents The Tim Clarke Soul-Tet
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

JazzBuffalo Presents The Tim Clarke Soul-Tet

  • 4545 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221 United States (map)
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During the month of October, Expo68 will present an exhibition exploring art that is inspired by the spirit of jazz.  Weekly live jazz performances, presented by JazzBuffalo, will take place during the Spontaneous Combustion exhibition.

Thursday, October 18: Tim Clarke Soul-Tet

The Tim Clarke Soul-tet is an exciting new Buffalo NY-based acoustic jazz quintet focused on bringing the dynamic sounds of the 1960’s and 1970’s soul-jazz to new life. Formed by award-winning trumpeter Tim Clarke and bassist Ed Croft in 2017, the group features Buffalo jazz legend Darryl Washington on drums, local favorite Nelson Rivera on saxophones and percussion, and rising star Harry Graser on keyboards.

Musically, the Soul-tet brings to life an ever-expanding catalog of rare soul-jazz gems that have been carefully selected and meticulously transcribed for the Soul-tet by Clarke. Fans of soul-jazz and rare grooves will be delighted to hear lesser-known works by Kenny Barron, Donald Byrd, and Tom Harrell, Weldon Irvine, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, Duke Pearson, and many other jazz greats.

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JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Guitarist Greg Millar
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Guitarist Greg Millar

  • 4545 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221 United States (map)
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Greg has been a mainstay guitarist on the Western New York Jazz Scene for many years and continues to record and perform presently. He has performed with a diverse group of local, national and international artists including organists Charles Earland; Jack McDuff; and Ronnie Foster; saxophonists Joe Ford; Clifford Jordan; Don Menza; David “Fathead” Newman; and Bill Easley; trumpeter Lester Bowie; trombonist Roswell Rudd; and vocalists Brook Benton and “Big” Joe Turner. Mr. Millar is also a past coordinator of interdisciplinary music and poetry programs for Just Buffalo Literary Center that featured local and nationally known poets and musicians in concert settings.

Greg has also worked as a staff tutor for Empire State College in the field of Jazz Guitar Theory and History and has written and/or performed for films, videos, theater pieces, and dance performances.  Joining Greg for this special event will be Alec Dube on vibes and friends.

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JazzBuffalo Presents The Lance Tanner Duo
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

JazzBuffalo Presents The Lance Tanner Duo

  • 4545 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221 United States (map)
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The Lance Tanner Duo is a jazz guitar duo steeped in the tradition of guitar greats and classic tunes.  Jim Ferrantini and Marcus Deveso, with nearly three-quarters of a century of combined playing experience, are proud to claim Jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor as their mentor and greatest influence.

Jim and Marcus have been playing together as LTD Jazz for nearly a decade, and have shared the stage with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. They have also produced shows for Martin Taylor, Brian Gore, Celso Machado, Mike Dawes, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Solorazaf, Quique Sinesi, Pinot Forestiere, Andrew York, Diego Figuieredo, and Maneli Jamal.

Jim and Marcus are committed to innovative duo guitar arrangements of a variety of Jazz standards and popular tunes. The Lance Tanner duo is proud to share these arrangements and to add the Expo68 to its long list of show experience.

Guitar great Tommy Emmanuel once said that music is the “happiness business.” LTD Jazz sincerely hopes that you go home happy tonight.

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spontaneous combustion
Oct
6
to Nov 1

spontaneous combustion

  • 4545 Transit Road Williamsville, NY, 14221 United States (map)
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exhibition statement

the best part of an open jazz session is when the energy explodes as each musician is inspired by his fellow collaborators. this exhibition explores art that is inspired by the spirit of jazz.  there will be weekly live jazz performances during the exhibition.

works by: tim brooks, john baker, tom coyne, betty pitts foster, enid edelman, cashis green, cherisse lipps, robin mols, shantelle patton, william rios, & gerald seals

FEATURING LIVE JAZZ FROM 7-9PM! The Lance Tanner Duo

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international institute day
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

international institute day

The International Institute is honored to be part of Western New York’s long history of welcoming immigrants. the 100 years of experience give them a unique perspective on the value of the region’s immigrant communities to Western New York.

the international institute's vision is an inclusive multicultural Western New York that embraces all people, seeing their role as serving clients and as strenuous advocates for the foreign born. We believe immigrants and refugees are critical to the resurgence of Western New York.

to help support the amazing work they do, Expo 68 will be donating 20% of the proceeds from sales on September 15th. 

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there is life here: an immigrant's story
Sep
8
to Oct 4

there is life here: an immigrant's story

Artist’s Statement:

     It took my mom and I six frustrating years to get a Visa to come to America and reunite with my Dad who was already there. I was thirteen when I saw him again. It was like meeting him for the first time. I knew it was a sacrifice my parents were willing to make, even if it would take a toll on their marriage. Why did we go? The movies and TV shows told us it was the promise land - that everyone was welcome and all you had to do is find a way to get there. 

     Our plane landed in JFK on my birthday - a very cold wintery night. I didn’t feel the cold on the drive to our apartment on Long Island because I was in awe of all the intertwined highways- there was no one walking on foot. It felt like Alice in Wonderland. I went to a school that was 85% white and middle class. I didn’t understand why we had to switch classrooms every hour.  I didn’t fit in with the black or white students. I’m sure they made fun of me but I couldn’t tell you what they said since the only English word I knew was ‘Yes’. I was only comfortable with the universal language of math and I also liked gym a lot. Because we Haitians love martial arts movies, I thought I could take on anyone who would make fun of me. I remember getting off the bus to fight with a more hip black kid. I took my Jackie Chan stance and the fight never got on. I wished that I had what most of those kids had (money, nice clothes, a house) yet I never felt inferior. We had defeated the French (Napoleon), so we had high self-esteem - whether real or not

     I learned English quickly because I watched after-school cartoons and at least one movie every day. I wanted to become what I was inspired by.  All types of art fields were an inspiration for me - whether it was dance (Michael Jackson), fashion, art (Bob Ross), music (Prince), theater, movies, music videos, and so on. America was going to fill that void that I hungered for all my life.  Art is what I remember most in Haiti before coming to American. As a kid growing up on the island, my family lived in a half-finished hotel owned by my Godfather, and it was inside that place where I imagined what life was and what my life could be.  The unfinished part of the building felt like being in a Roman antiquity building. I would ponder the sunlight streaming in empty rooms, illuminating the dust in the air. I thought about God and the demons and angels all around me. I listened and watched voodoo dancers enthralled in their ceremonies. I slept with a blanket over my head (even though it was a tropical island) so I could keep watch for evil spirits that could eat me alive. I looked forward to rainstorms and would run, sometimes naked, into a foot deep water on the terrace which would act as our wave pool

     When I first got here, assimilating was paramount. I had already gone through puberty so I couldn’t erase the accent, but I could dress differently and instead of putting on cologne, I could use anti-perspirant, choose to only speak English and only listen to American music. Many years later, I realized I can’t escape who I am and that there is something special about being Haitian. Like most immigrants, we came to America to get what America had to offer. Unknowingly, we were also giving back by parceling some of our culture into this great nation’s fabric through the arts, language, food and workforce.

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barbara mink - departures and arrivals
Aug
4
to Sep 6

barbara mink - departures and arrivals

“Departures and Arrivals” at expo68 features abstract landscapes and color-popping resin; wall-sized canvases and 5-inch minis, works on paper and pieces on board. 

I grew up in Buffalo with art all around me. My father, Irving Mink, was an abstract painter, and visits to the Albright Knox or helping set up for Allentown were part of living.I started painting relatively late, and went through as many styles, subjects, and media as I could, before coming happily to rest in a world of texture, color and line. I find that I am continually pulled in new directions rather than staying with one style or point of view.

I moved to Ithaca,New York in 1976 where I pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature, was a freelance actor in television and radio commercials, News Director of WHCU radio. received an MA degree in History from Cornell University. served on the Tompkins County Legislature for 12 years, and founded and produced the Light in Winter Festival of Science and Art..  I have taught Management Communication at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School  since 1986, which keeps me in canvases and paint.

I am proud to be a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, have a home gallery, and am represented by Velvenoir for European sales. My work can be found in collections in throughout the United States and Europe, and online at Saatchi Art, Redbubble.com

 

Solo shows:

Blink Gallery, Andes NY Summer 2018

Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus Summer 2018

Jed Williams Gallery, Philadephia July 2017 

State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca April 2017 

60 East, Corning NY February 2016

Cornelia Street Café, NYC August 2016

State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY September 2015

George Waters Gallery, Elmira College, Elmira NY, February 2015 

Locust Grove Museum, Poughkeepsie NY, 2014

Orazio Salati Gallery, Binghamton NY 2013 

Lamoreaux Landing Gallery, Lodi NY, 2012

2012 Marcia Evans Gallery, Columbus OH 2011 

Kitchen Theater Gallery, Ithaca NY 2011

Earlville Arts Center, Hamilton New York October, \

Grove Gallery, Aurora NY 2007

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY 2006

Cornell University’s Willard Straight Gallery, Ithaca NY 2006 

Blink Gallery, Andes, NY 2005

Sola Gallery, Ithaca, NY 2005-2009

Member’s Gallery, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo NY 2007-2009

Honors

Silver Medal, “Happiness” BSA 120th  Catalogue Show 2016

Honorable Mention, “Erasures II”, Western NY Artists Group 24th Annual Regional Show 2015 

First Place Award, “Take Shelter”, Western NY Artists Group 23rd Annual Regional Show 2014 

The BSA Arter Award, “Beszel” BSA Sprin Show, 2013

Award of Excellence, “Number 3” Southern Tier Biennial 2011

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thank you for serving
Jul
7
to Aug 2

thank you for serving

expo 68 and picture your walls present the works of norman maffei. 

local artist norman maffie served our country in wwii.  through art he documented what he experienced.  we at expo 68 & picture your walls  want to pay tribute through this poignant collection and thank all who serve our country.

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re-imagine | re-purpose
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

re-imagine | re-purpose

at our core we are all really the same: we all love, we all laugh.  there are no new ideas, we simply repurpose or reimagine our influences.  art has the power to make us look at our world and ideas in new and exciting ways.  this group exhibition will explore how we look at our world.

works by: dianne baker, tim brooks, joan hambleton, eileen pleasure

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against the edge
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

against the edge

jan agate abbarno | artist reception 

This body of work has led me beyond exploration of texture, tone, shape and my acoustic linens into a deeper focus on the material themselves -- especially the paper.

What is the edge?

Why is the canvass almost always a rectangle?

Why is the paper almost always a rectangle or square?

Edges do not need to serve as borders but can be dynamic elements in composition itself. 

Tearing produces organic marks that give paper independence of its own.  Thinner pieces pulled or curled turning in on themselves and created shadows against the backfield adding further interest. I added larger openings that resulted in borderline 3D drawings, or perhaps small paper sculptures in a shadowbox--this is for you to decide.

I hope you enjoy the new work and wish to thank Tim Brooks for inviting me to be his opening artist at Expo 68.

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