Paint Nite is an international business in the “paint and sip” industry, which partners with local artists who host classes that combine painting and cocktails. In order to become a Paint Nite “creative entrepreneur,” the artist has to apply and once approved has the ability to run their own classes. The company has licensed entrepreneurs across the U.S. and Canada.
Holiday shoppers were on the hunt Nov. 25 at the 21st annual Buffalo Women’s Gifts show, which featured over 30 female owned businesses and vendors. Some of the crafts included hand-made flowers, artwork of landmarks in Buffalo, colorful crystals and paintings glistening with glitter.
On the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street sits a new 300 foot long public art exhibit called the “Freedom Wall.” On the wall are 28 portraits of men and women who made an impact during the civil rights movement, including Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Gutter Pop Comics and Sugar City joined together to host their annual fall Zine Fair Nov. 4. A zine is a small, noncommercial and homemade magazine or similar type of media produced by an individual or small group. The fair is a celebration of self-published, handmade and do-it-yourself magazines, books or comics.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State opened two separate exhibitions last month featuring the work and personal items of Buffalo artist Craig LaRotonda.
The SUNY Buffalo State Music Department kicked off its “Celebrate American Music” concert series with the Buffalo Jazztet Oct. 5. “The Birth of Bebop: Tad, Diz, and Monk at 100” was the first of seven concerts in the series the department will host over the school year.
The Buffalo State Theatre Department opened its production of “Blood at the Root” Sept. 27. The play, based on actual events, focuses on a school in Louisiana where a young African American student decides to take a stand against the silent segregation that is symbolized by a tree in the town.