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Fourteenth Annual Art Alive

Thousands will be in attendance at the Fourteenth Annual Art Aliva, as famous works of art come to life in a picturesque setting second to none. A ‘Walking, Talking Art Contest’, the exhibition of living art will be held on the Gallery Grounds across from Delaware Park scheduled for Saturday, June 4, from noon to 2 pm. This event is free and open to the public and will include music and activities for families.

According to the Albright-KnoxArt Gallery, every year Art Alive attracts dozens of candidates who in turn draw thousands of spectators. Part-takers, largely from the area’s schools will be participating in the Art’scool program, reproducing famous works of art in the most creative ways – many spend several months building and preparing their entries. The stunning interpretation involves people, props and even music. Many contestants are from area elementary and high schools, but adults, families, and artists are also encouraged to enter. Entrants compete for more than $1,000 in cash prizes.

This year, Susanna Schenk and her students from Buffalo Public School #64 will recreate Wall Drawing #1268: Scribbles: Staircase (AKAG), conceived 2006/executed 2010, a unique, large-scale work from the Gallery’s Collection that was installed last October. Schenk and her students were encouraged by the drawing on a visit to the gallery through the Art’scool program. Art’scool, developed in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is designed to develop critical and creative thinking skills in students through the practice of detailed observation and discussion of artwork.

The program began in 2007 and provides free or subsidized busing of students to the gallery, free admission to the museum and curriculum-focused museum experiences that are supported by lesson plans, curriculum development assistance, and recurring workshops for teachers. More than 55,000 children have been served by the program since it began. Art Alive celebrates the end of another successful Art’scool year.

Throughout the afternoon, celebrity judges, including Congressman Brian Higgins, Anthony Amigone, Jr., artist Peter Stephens, and Buffalo Sabres Alumni Andrew Peters, will award points to the entrants based on degree of difficulty, creativity, interpretation of original work, quality, and overall impression.

Prize categories include Best Tableau from the Gallery’s Collection; People’s Choice Awards for Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, and Adults; The Handyman Award for Best Craftsmanship; and the Off the Beaten Path Award for Most Unusual Entry. The rain date is Sunday, June 5, from noon to 2 pm. Art Alive 2011 is organized by the Junior Group and Members’ Council, volunteer groups of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Tracy Heneghan and Jenny Sinatra are the event’s chairs.

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