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2nd Annual Hope Studio Watercolors

2nd Annual Hope Studio Watercolors

Twenty one artists under the direction of wll-known Buffalo watercolorist, Sally Treanor, will exhibit their works at Artsphere Studio & Gallery located at 447 Amherst Street in Historic Black Rock.  The opening reception will take place on Friday, December 4 from 5 - 9 PM.  The exhibit will continue through January, 2, 2016.

Annual Yuletide in the Country Event Encourages Shoppers to Buy Local

Annual Yuletide in the Country Event Encourages Shoppers to Buy Local

Holiday shoppers can buy local and with meaning the first weekend in December when the 21st annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Cancelled last year due to the “Snowvember” storm, Yuletide in the Country will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. 

Yuletide will feature more than 175 artists and artisans and will highlight those from the Western New York area. New this year, the event welcomes craft wineries, distillers, coffee roasters and artisanal dairy farmers featuring gourmet cheeses.  

“Adding these elements is a direct result of the public’s interest in these artisans, but also our plan to continue to create a unique holiday market,” said Dan Kaczynski of Premier Promotions of WNY, the event organizers.

Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival to Feature 35 Juried Artisans

Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival to Feature 35 Juried Artisans

The annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival, a Western New York holiday tradition for nearly 40 years, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at the East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. across from the historic Roycroft Campus. The event will feature 35 juried artisans offering a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items.

Artisans taking part in the event will offer everything from jewelry, wood, clay and books to metal, tile, glass, leather, pottery, sculpture and more. The famous Roycroft “Goodie Box” will also be unveiled at the Winter Festival. Crafted by Roycroft artisans Brian Newton and David Tundo, the wood bowl with copper lid will be filled with handcrafted works of art from Roycroft Artisans and awarded by raffle at the Roycrofters-At-Large Summer Festival in June. Raffle tickets will be available during the Winter Festival and make great stocking stuffers!

Friends of Harmony Concert to Benefit Food Bank of WNY

Friends of Harmony Concert to Benefit Food Bank of WNY

For the 6th consecutive year, the Friends of Harmony barbershop chorus and quartets will be performing a holiday concert to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.   The concert begins at 7:00 at the St Martin of Tours church on 1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo.  Help feed the hungry in your community and enjoy holiday music performed in beautiful 4 part harmony.  For more information, contact (716) 573-5911, visit us on our website at www.friendsofharmony.com or on Facebook by searching for Friends of Harmony.

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Dog Ears Bookstore & the Enlightenment Literary Center is excited to announce “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo. The show, a solo performance starring Mike Randall, consists of two acts each approximately 45 minutes in length and one intermission. Wine tasting and other fun activities will also be included.

Randall’s production of “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” has been a huge success since it’s premiere in 2007. A lover of Buffalo history and presenter of one-person shows, when Randall discovered that Charles Dickens performed in Buffalo in 1868 he decided to re-create Mr. Dickens’ presentation of his most well know story, "A Christmas Carol.”

Consider Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery for Your Holiday Gifting Needs

Consider Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery for Your Holiday Gifting Needs

It’s an excellent time of the year to purchase a one-of-a-kind holiday gift while supporting local artists! Small pieces of artwork (4x4, 5x5, 6x6, 9x12, etc.), jewelry, handmade ornaments and more will be available for purchase at the “Small Works Exhibit,” by the West Seneca Art Society, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and the exhibit will close on Saturday, Nov. 28.

‘Two Brothers, One War’ Released by No Frills; Book-signing Events Planned

‘Two Brothers, One War’ Released by No Frills; Book-signing Events Planned

Nancy Fuentes of Buffalo, author of the newly released book “Two Brothers, One War: As Told Through the Letters of Roman and Edward Bartz” from publishing company No Frills Buffalo, will hold her first book-signing events from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.

Roman and Edward Bartz are brothers, one a sailor and one a soldier. In “Two Brothers, One War,” they speak across years and oceans to deliver first-person accounts of World War II. Told exclusively through letters, these two brothers tell of traveling from their home in Buffalo, N.Y., to the far reaches of the world. They speak of combat, adventure, and the longing for home.