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Western New York Artist Studio Project

New book highlights creative workspaces

Bruce Adams keeps remnants and souvenirs from past performances and art events in his studio, as well as paintings in progress

Photos courtsey of the artists


They saw it all, from Dorothy Fitzgerald working in her yurt on Lake Ontario to Bruce Adams painting murals from a bucket lift. Photographer Steve H. Siegel and painter Richard Christian wanted to learn how artists interact with the environments in which they create. The two collaborators visited fifteen artist studios throughout Western New York, photographed the spaces, and interviewed the artists. The result is a new book, Creative Spaces: The Western New York Studio Project (purchase it here). It includes photography by Siegel, essays by Siegel and Christian, and statements from each artist. The two collaborators even included the studio of Charles Burchfield, which has been recreated within his namesake museum.


Adam Zyglis does most of his work in his third floor office at the Buffalo News, but uses a home studio for coloring and research; 
Elizabeth Leader is working on shadow box paintings framed with found wood remnants


This is a fascinating group of diverse worksites, each very much like an art installation, each expressing the personality and some of the working method of each artist. I suspect, however, that a considerable of cleaning up went on before Siegel and Christian were admitted to any of these venues. (They’re all implausibly neat.) Both Siegel and Christian have interesting and insightful things to say about each artist—and each studio.


Fotini Galanes’ studio contains work from every stage of her career, including a meticulous still life


The book is published by the authors and designed by Mark Donnelly. It can be purchased at Talking Leaves, the Burchfield Penney gift shop,or from rpsspublishing.com/buy.


Elizabeth Licata is editor of Spree.


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