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Artpark Brings the Spirit of Brazil to Its Stage

Artpark Brings the Spirit of Brazil to Its Stage

Lewiston, NY – Baila Brazil, a colorful celebration of Afro-Brazilian culture, has sold out the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Casino de Paris. This month, the show makes its exclusive North American premiere right here in Western New York. The Balé de Rua dance troupe will electrify Artpark’s Mainstage Theater in Lewiston from July 14 to 17 for four energetic and culturally immersive performances.

Balé de Rua was established by Fernando Narduchi and Marco Antônio Garcia in Uberlândia, Brazil. The backdrop was the ’80s in a city brimming with culture, and young people were finally feeling free to explore and honor their heritage. The two artists sought to capture and express the style, rhythm and soulfulness of the urban dance groups that were multiplying in the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities.  

Development Associate: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Development Associate: Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Job Description:
As an employee of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you will be on the front lines providing historic mission-related education and recreation opportunities to the public. You will be making a positive impact on the quality of life in the Buffalo Niagara community while raising needed funds to preserve a 35-acre historic village with a farmstead and 11 historic buildings and a large museum with 10 major exhibits and over 40,000 artifacts. We are currently seeking a Development Associate to help fulfill our mission: “To preserve and interpret the story of Buffalo Niagara for the people of today and the community of tomorrow.” 

40th Annual Summer Festival to Feature Demonstrations by Roycroft Artisans

40th Annual Summer Festival to Feature Demonstrations by Roycroft Artisans

Approximately 80 juried artists and demonstrations by Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans will highlight the 40th annual Roycroft Summer Festival presented by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-26 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. 

Another highlight of the Summer Festival, the Roycroft Goodie Box will be raffled off on Sunday. Tickets for this unique wood bowl with copper top, handcrafted by Roycroft Artisans Brian Newton and David Tundo, will be available for purchase during the Summer Festival. The box, filled with handcrafted items generously donated by Roycroft Artisans, is valued at nearly $6,000.

The free demonstration schedule will feature the following presentations: 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Creative Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Creative Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca will host the opening reception of its members’ exhibit, “Reflections,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10. Guests are invited to stop by and meet the participating artists and enjoy the music of Dana Eric Misenheimer. The event is free and open to the public.

A Lighthouse Keeper Dinner Basket class with Maureen Quale will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 and 14, with participants creating a lovely dinner basket. The techniques learned in the creation of the basket are a woven base with wooden handle, triple twining, stop start weaving, applying a rim and double lashing. The handle is a wooden swing handle style. A variety of colors will also be available to customize your basket. The cost for this two-night class is $60.

Explore Buffalo Lists a Wide Variety of June Tours and Experiences

Explore Buffalo Lists a Wide Variety of June Tours and Experiences

Unique and exciting tours highlighting Buffalo’s history, art and architecture are being offered through Explore Buffalo throughout the month of June. 

Riverfront Renaissance
June 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 125 Main St., Buffalo
General Admission $15, Student Admission $5, Explorer Pass Holders Free

Seminar, Camps Fill Upcoming Heritage Village Calendar

Seminar, Camps Fill Upcoming Heritage Village Calendar

A Lace Seminar, School of the Soldier Civil War Camp and Pioneer Day Camp are among the major events planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in June and July. Heritage Village is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

The 28th annual Heritage Village Lace Seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 4 and 5. Well-known teachers from the International Organization of Lace, Inc. will be presenting classes in bobbin lace, tatting and lace net darning. All skill levels are welcome. The event also includes vendors with supplies for lacemaking and other needlework, plus a lecture on the lace villages of England. Please visit Heritage Village’s website for more information.

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Highlights Upcoming Classes and Events

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Highlights Upcoming Classes and Events

Eden artist John Merlino’s solo exhibit, “Universal Meditations,” will open at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6. This exhibit taps into the artist’s creative, expressive, abstract, collage and mixed media expressions. His artwork is bold, makes statements and creates dialogue!  

A Pottery Workshop with artist Sara Goldhawk of Goldhawk Pottery, using the Sgraffito technique, will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Sgraffito is defined as “a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color.” Similar to working on scratch board, you’ll make a black-and-white piece as you will be scratching black slip from white clay. More details can be found on the gallery’s website, and the cost is $45.