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BLOW @ Body of Trade & Commerce Gallery (BT&C)

IMG_29437ccd7dNot long after the opening of BT&C’s BLOW exhibit at a temporary gallery location in the Five Points neighborhood (lead image), curator and art director Anna Kaplan says that she is overwhelmed with the public’s initial response and looks forward to eventually moving into a permanent home on Niagara Street.

BTC-Coming-Soon-Buffalo-NY“At first I wasn’t looking for a permanent home for the gallery,” Anna told me. “I figured that I would mostly create pop-up exhibitions. Then, after launching at echo Art Fair and teaming up with echo founder Frits Abell, I got the bug… and that’s how I ended up producing the BLOW exhibit. So far there has been a real buzz and a real need for this type of gallery. Not only am I repping local artists, I’m also planning on pushing them into other markets. In order to do that I will be given exclusivity to their works for a fixed period of time, while eventually maintaining a stable of ten artists. Once we’re in our new gallery on Niagara (daylighting – inset), I will be able to hang their works, maintain normal gallery hours, and keep flat files of the works. By keeping flat files, art collectors will be able to purchase signed prints and drawings, as well as the originals. That keeps BT&C affordable for all art enthusiasts by offering varying price points. The first solo shows in the gallery will be the works of Julian Montague (Summer), followed by Amanda Besl in the fall.  Both of these artists are featured in the BLOW exhibit currently running.”


There is still plenty of time to check out BLOW at 429 Rhode Island Street (Five Points corner). Featuring works by Amanda Besl, Millie Chen, Dennis Maher and Julian Montague, the exhibit is on view through March 1st, 2014.

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If you are interested in learning more about BT&C’s Collectors Club, which helps a wide range of art collectors from novices to aficionados to navigate the local art scene, while building and managing a collection, you can email BT&C to get in on cocktail parties, exclusive events and socializing with other collectors. Email to stay in the loop.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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