The Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) is opening a new exhibit tonight, A Buffalo Alphabet: A-Z by Dana Jenkins. The opening reception takes place tonight from 6-9pm at the WNYBAC gallery, 468 Washington Street (at the corner of West Mohawk). In addition to the debut of this fantastic Buffalo alphabet collection, New Buffalo Brewing will hold their first public tasting for all to enjoy.
A Buffalo Alphabet: A-Z is an alphabetized watercolor series that celebrates various aspects of our city. There are realistic representations of local landmarks and concepts like diversity and heritage.
Jenkins worked with WNYBAC Studio Director, Chris Fritton, to letterpress print the letters "A" through "Z" onto the series of 26 watercolor paintings. The font featured in this series is Winchell, a lead typeface originally designed in Buffalo in 1893, later digitized by WNYBAC founder Richard Kegler, and re-created in wood type by Chris Fritton.
The letter X is represented by Frank X Schawb and hearkens to Buffalos long Brewing tradition and the reemerging industry in the Area. New Buffalo Brewing will hold its first public tasting at the event to celebrate that history and there own entry into the market. Head Brewer Jimmy Bass with on hand with both a Bitters and a Stout to enjoy during the viewing.
A Buffalo Alphabet: A-Z will be on view at the Western New York Book Arts Center from Friday, November 2nd through Saturday, December 1st. As always, the WNYBAC gallery and opening receptions are free and open to the public