Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Art Openings Last Night" 1-10-09

Friday night around Buffalo is usually a pretty busy art scene night, last night there were a few openings going on. I went with my son Paul to the 'Free Friday at the Knox', every Friday at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo NY, on Elmwood Ave. We got there kind of late to really have a good walk through to see the exhibits, we were mostly interested in catching the Contemporary Dance performance going on. As we walked through the gallery...we saw Van Gogh, Monet, Dali, Cezanne, Mondrian, Gaughin, Motherwell...oh many great ones and I'm rusty at my art history so it's hard to remember!

After walking around I told myself I need to get back for a long visit with my sketchbook. I'll have to find out if they would allow me to do color studies. I'll pay a visit, do sketches and put it up on the blog.

We eventually made it to the Contemporary Dance it was really interesting. I honestly didn't think I'd like it, but when you have really talented, classically trained dancers, it becomes wonderful just watching the unbelievable control of their body movenment. There was a dancer Erin E. Bahn, who had a solo performance of a snake swallowing a swan. she started I didn't get it, the top half of her was a swan and the bottom a snake. It took me a few minutes to understand that this was two characters in one; the snake swallows the swan as she wriggles the costume tube up her body...complete with snake head with sparkles. It was really good at the end and completley creative!
After that Paul and I headed down to Franklin St. to the Jung Center to see my friend Bruce Bitmead's opening called "A Private Pop Culture". That's me and Bruce above posing by a painting called "Marry Me Mary", I thought that was funny.

Here's my son Paul and I by more of Bruce's paintings.

I had to try taking this photo in the mirror...can't believe it came out as well as it did because I hand held my tiny camera. But I wanted to show how beautiful the mirror, woodwork and candles were.
Above, a candle and glass photo, nice and cozy.
My friend Gene Witkowski, photographer, talking with some visitors to the opening. In the forground is Cornelia Dohsa Peck, a collage artist originally from Germany I met when I was Co-Director of the Museum of European Art in Clarence, NY.
A group shot of visitors...enjoying the goodies on the table. Notice the interesting painted woodwork in the background; the houses in Buffalo have some beautiful old details in wood and stained glass. I am sure it wasn't painted like this a long time ago.
Here I am with my buddy Gene Witkowski posing by Bruce's painting called Lapwing. Reminds me of an idea I'm working on with birds, but in my more realistic style. Gene did some photography tonight of the Dance performance...he can always be seen shooting the Neglia Ballet, a local dance company.

And the last photo, my son Paul standing by the largest tree in the city of Buffalo! It even has a plaque on it! It's a sycamore tree and I think I need to come back with my sketchbook to draw it; it's over 200 some years old.


camulus said...

A solo ballet performance showing a snake swallowing a swan eh!! Now that must have been a challenge. As snakes swallow their prey head first she must have done it standing on her hands right? ha!ha!

That photograph of the glass bowl candle holder close up is a very good picture. Buildings have a completely different feel about them when illuminated by candle light.

Mary McAndrew said...

Thanks Camulus,
yes, I guess you take artistic license when doing an art piece no matter what media...just to focus on the important ideas and what you want to get across. I really was interesting at the end; she used the head piece to move around and bow to the audience, everyone loved that (even though it had just eaten this poor swan!)

Thanks for the comment about the candle photo...I just love shooting candlelight, for this one I just held my tiny camera and set it right on the mantle for support...and shot in a candlelight mode.

I'm going to try to do more with local art openings and post them here. People find it interesting to see what it's like in other cities!
Take care,