poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2017

Artwork sought for Capen Garden Walk; deadline is Feb. 28

Artwork is being sought for a garden art competition that offers multiple opportunities for artists including publication in a book, feature on a garden walk poster, and an exhibition. The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2018 Gardening Art Competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work. The first-place winner’s art will be used to create the official poster for the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The cash prizes are, first place, $100;…

Shayne Dark's Tanglewood in Buffalo

Shayne Dark exhibit at Botanical Gardens depicts nature, shaped by humans

by Connie Oswald Stofko Shayne Dark doesn’t want you to be intimidated by his artwork. Dark took a break last week from installing Tanglewood, the blue artwork you can now see on the front lawn of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, to talk about  his art and how it connects with nature and gardens. His works are being showcased at the Botanical Gardens in a collaboration between the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative and the Botanical Gardens. Dark’s works…

one of Charles Burchfield's botanical images

Get insight into science & art at talk on Burchfield Botanicals

“Science and Art through ‘Burchfield Botanicals’”will be the topic of a Science Cafe to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Tullis Johnson, curator and manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, will give a  presentation intersecting science and art through the works of Charles E. Burchfield. The event includes light refreshments, beer and wine. A mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens follows…

sculpture garden Elmwood Ave. Buffalo

Buffalo sculptor shares tips on cheap gardening

Gardening doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. “I didn’t spend one cent on this garden,” said Dave Derner, who created a backyard retreat at 1088 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, where he lives above Half & Half Trading Co. He got plants that nurseries or co-ops were going to throw out. Friends gave him plants as well. Many of the plants flourished. “I just put things in and let them grow,” Derner said. “It’s amazing how things just want to grow.”…