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Mural alert: Buffalo Arts Studio x Albright-Knox “Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color” Showcase

If there was ever a building that could use some public art, its 847 Main Street. The artwork that is currently being applied to the building is thanks to a partnership between Buffalo Arts Studio, Albright-Knox Public Arts Initiative, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). The collaboration afforded young artists an opportunity to participate in a two-week art exercise in July via Buffalo Arts Studio’s Jump Start – an initiative where high school and college extension students participated in a poly tab mural production workshop as part of the Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color exhibition at the Albright-Knox Northland site.

Hervé Tullet, Traits points taches giboullage (Lines dots stains scribbles), is located at 847 Main Street.

Jump Start students worked alongside Jump Start Extension fellows, Teaching Assistant Nicolas Delfino and Teaching Artist Andrea Pawarski to create half of the 2,100 square foot mural. The mural itself is composed of 85 panels, which were painted offsite.

847 Main Street (before)

During the exercise, the students paid a visit to Albright-Knox Northland site, to glean pertinent information pertaining to the multi-panel polytab mural process from three artists-in-residence: Julia Bottoms, Tricia Butski, and Rachel Shelton. The students also had a chance to meet local artist and muralist Edreys Wajed, who helped to paint an enlightening perspective on the artistic process at hand.

In the end, the art collaboration not only results in a much-needed mural at 847 Main Street, it also equips a number of young artists with the knowhow and skills to accomplish a major work of art. These invaluable insights will be invaluable in years to come, as the public art scene in Buffalo continues to flourish. 

To learn more about the students and this collaboration, visit the workshop catalog

Jump Start students: Faith Danahy, Isaiah Dean, Sarah Durkin, Sadiki Kashindi, Cameron Osborn, Emily Peca, and Serenity Sherry

Jump Start Extension fellows: Isabella Amarante, Lucy Dietrich, Shanti Morrissey, and Emily Quartley

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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