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First Friday: First Stop, Buffalo Big Print

Not every gallery will have an opening on First Friday, though
that shouldn’t stop anyone from making the rounds too see what they’ve been
missing.  Buffalo Big Print, however, will not only have an opening of
Patrick Willett’s paintings, but it will be the scene of a CD release party by
band Juney Sunday too.  

Willett’s landscape and environmental watercolor and mixed media
paintings can be enjoyed at Buffalo Big print on May 1st, from 6 to 9PM.  Willett
says his work “involves the healing and renewing aspects of our
natural world, as well as the reclaiming by nature of the materials that we
choose to build with.”  

willett landscape.jpg

There is an awareness of place in Willett’s paintings,
mostly involving landscapes in Western New York and Southern Ontario, that
is instantly recognizable.  See his online gallery here:

Juney Sunday’s debut album, 100 Billion Earthshines, will be played
in its entirety at 7:30, though DJ Cutler will be adding tracks into his mix
all evening.  David Benson is the writer and performer behind Juney
Sunday.  Though the album started 3 years ago in the southwest, Benson
wrapped his double disc project up inn Buffalo with the help of local vocalists
and musicians.

juney Sunday.jpg

Described as “lightly tread currents of euphoric groove,
layered over powerful melodies, are complimented by graceful experimentations
of modern sound,” a sample of Benson’s work can be found here:

The second disc of the album is called “Singalongs,”
featuring guest vocalists.  Gallery goers might want to study up so they
can join in on Friday.

Benson’s double disc album is $12, and will be available for
purchase at the event.


Images:  All paintings, including album cover, Patrick


Written by RaChaCha


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