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Captured on the Streets

By Doug
Sitler

Many years
ago, Buffalo political and civic leader George Arthur began taking photographs
of various street signs throughout Buffalo. During his travels, Arthur began to
notice numerous neighborhood murals painted on buildings, bridges and houses.
To his surprise, the murals were pretty good and had a deeper meaning to the
neighborhood artists. Some images gave messages of hope to the community, while
other murals paid homage to residents who have passed away. He could tell that
the painting had a story behind them…but who painted these images? Where are
the families and artists? Before the work began, did the community approve of
the images? 

They were
all questions Arthur would ask himself upon discovering and photographing the
murals, and the answers varied. The photographs that evoke these thoughts are on display at the Buffalo
Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Community Gallery, located at the
Visitors Center inside the Market Arcade building at 617 Main Street. The
opening of the show “Street Art” is Friday, September 11th from 5:00
to 8:00PM. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit is sponsored by CEPA
Gallery, with assistance from the CVB.

Many
Buffalonians know George Arthur from his over 25 years of serving on Buffalo’s
Common Council, including stints as president. Coming from the rough and tumble
world of politics, it may come a surprise that Arthur started his career in
photography having studied it in high school, the US Army, and working as a
technician at a Buffalo photo studio. Currently, Arthur serves as the President
of the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation.  Under his leadership,
the Corporation has preserved and re-opened the Rev. J. Edward Nash, Sr. home
as a museum, research center and heritage tourism center.

The photos
for the “Street Art” exhibition were taken on Michigan Avenue and Southhampton,
Masten Avenue and Southhampton, Grant and Ferry, Genesee, Moselle, The Fruit
Belt, Main and Coe, and Ferry and Kehr.

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