Western New York is home to a diverse art scene. We take great pride in our artistic history, and its diverse expressions – from the well known architecture to its museums and art galleries. We would like to focus our attention today on the visual arts.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo began in 1862, and is among the oldest public arts institutions in America. It is an easy 25 minute drive from Niagara Falls.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College has a multi-arts focus, and is only a few minutes from the Albright-Knox.
One of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Buffalo is the Elmwood Village. A vibrant and creative community, there are plenty of boutique-type shops, small art galleries and stores, and trendy restaurants. Both the Albright-Knox and the Burchfield Penney are located in this area of the city.
Located less than 1 hour from Niagara Falls is the small town of East Aurora, NY. Back in 1895, an artistic community was started, and has been maintained in one form or another ’til this day. It began as a printing house and grew into a community which evolved into various forms, including the Arts and Crafts movement including the creation of beautiful glass, furniture, and copper work. It is now a campus with several buildings, including the Roycroft Inn. Tours and classes are available, and eating at the Inn is a special experience.
Some examples of the glass work:
The Roycroft Inn:
Niagara Falls itself is home to Niagara University, which has its own art gallery, The Castellani Art Museum housing various exhibits,and is open to the public.
Recently the 24 Below Cafe and Art Gallery has opened, just feet from Niagara Reservation State Park, and Niagara Falls itself. Many local artists offer their wares in a pleasant atmosphere in the hub of tourist central. Concerts, classes, and activities are offered. One of the “Chicks” happens to be an artist there! 😉
For those of you who are inclined to appreciate the arts, you will find many things to discover, and won’t be disappointed.