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Shop art this weekend: Open Studios and Galleries

Fabric used in Avalon scarves


Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, and any other “days” that may still be in development. Our favorite holiday marketing gimmick—if you can call it that—is the long-running Open Studios and Galleries, always held on the first weekend of December. It’s changed over fifteen years—there are fewer separate studio/gallery events, with many of the artists and artisans joining forces in key locations. The biggest bang for the buck is the Burchfield Penney Art Center, which is hosting dozens of artists within its sizable footprint. Stop here to check out Junko McGee’s pottery, Missy Crowley’s jewelry, Avalon’s scarves, Barbara Hart’s wooden people, Ivette Slaughter’s paintings, Aramel Soaps, and much, much more—including the museum’s superb gift shop.


Elsewhere on Elmwood, painter Mary Begley, artist Mary Logue, and furniture maker Lou Heremski are setting up in an attractive former firehouse near the Spree headquarters at 1655 Elmwood (we’ve been wondering what went on in here); Don Zinteck’s 1045 Elmwood is open; and Chatham Pottery Studio at 190 Bryant is hosting twelve artists. Simply pick up a flyer along the avenue or visit artistsinbuffalo.org, where flyers and maps can be downloaded.


It all happens this weekend: December 4 (5–9 p.m.), 5 (11 a.m.–6 p.m.), and 6 (11 a.m.–6 p.m.).


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