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Adventures in (live) Art… @ RiverWorks

Live art pop-ups have been around for a while. Typically, you can find them at art studios, festivals, and small shops. The pop-up exercise is not only good for the artists, it’s good for the shops because of the added foot traffic which equates to elevated sales. It’s also a great community-building endeavor that ensures that our creative residents have plenty of places to show their works, especially during uncertain times (pandemics would be a good example).

Artist Jeremy Miklas (Vivid Buffalo) is a guy who is always looking at different ways to get himself (and other local artists) better exposure through imaginative opportunities. From hosting ‘paint nights’ to painting murals, it’s always interesting to see what he’s got up his colorful sleeves.

This time, Miklas has pulled a rabbit out of his hat. He recently approached Tops Markets about carrying some of his apparel, and while the supermarket was not interested in that type of relationship, Miklas was not deterred. An idea was hatched that Tops would provide space for live artist pop-ups, which turned out to be a more favorable concept for all parties involved.

A Buffalo NY Spirit sweatshirt
Buffalo NY Spirit’ painting

“My wife, Angela actually made the connection,” said Miklas, when I asked him who came up with the concept. “A friend of mine introduced us to the manager of the Tops on Elmwood, John Sodaro. He agreed to let me paint there during the holidays – a holiday pop up concert the week of Christmas with guitarist Michael Hund – and then again on December 31. Now, I want do this monthly, and hope to make it a regular thing, at different locations. Along with myself, artists Chris Piontkowski and Elyssa Harper will be showcasing their works this coming Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31 (9am-5pm) at Buffalo RiverWorks. I will be auctioning off the ‘Buffalo NY Spirit’ painting that I painted at Tops during the holidays (see lead image). A portion of sales (artwork and merchandise) will be going to local charities. The theme will be ‘Buffalo NY Spirit.’

It started at Tops, and now the art pop-up series will be traveling to different locations, with a revolving set of artists, according to Miklas. Once again, it’s these types of efforts during the pandemic that are giving artists a chance to showcase their works, in settings that are not traditional galleries or studios. The pandemic is sure keeping a lot of people waiting and guessing, while others are now out leading the charge.

To follow the Adventures in (live) Art series, visit this Facebook page.

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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