Author: Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen is the founder of the Rose Garden Early Childhood Center and author of Words for Parents, Words for Teachers and Caregivers and Unpacking Guilt, a Mother's Journey to Freedom. Books and blogposts are on her website at judithfrizlen.com. She is a fan of early childhood, urban architecture and the revitalization of Buffalo.

The human aspect needed to bring back a once vital commercial district is not unlike what is required to enter a burning building, put out a fire, rescue inhabitants, and prevent destruction from spreading. When Peter Scarcello, John Ott and Gino Gatti started Hook & Ladder development company, they were used to working together as firefighters. They had the necessary commitment, courage and vision of what could be, to bring to the task of rescuing buildings and preventing further decline in neighborhoods throughout Buffalo. With their offices in a building at 2111 Seneca Street that they renovated, they have become…

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“Me, My City, My Future” is a summer camp program for Buffalo Public high school students sponsored by UB’s Liberty Partnership in collaboration with the Frizlen Group Developers, Common Bond Real Estate, and Albarella Media. Students will learn about public art and how it relates to the community through the process of creating a public art piece. The students will learn teamwork, project management and presentation skills. During the program, students will explore a range of public art projects considering their role, message and impact before imagining what they want to see in their own community. Public art can entertain,…

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It’s spring and schedules are heating up along with the weather. There are plenty of choices about where to go and what to do. Personally, I like to go to fundraisers that are as much about fun as they are about funds, and to give my support where it is needed. High on the list of what I like to support are small businesses, the East Side, and education. By participating in the Foundry “Bid to Build” auction on Thursday, May 24th from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., I can support all three besides enjoying good company, good food and good…

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In a world of sensory overload, a typical and in some ways not surprising reaction is to shut down. This experience “results in apathy, anesthesia or vacancy”, according to artist Kyla Kegler. Her suggestion is to return to a connection with our internal knowing and physical empathy, to dwell in daily sensation. To that end, she has created an art show that bridges art and therapy, that encourages us to find what we are seeking, the experience of genuine presence. The show is called “feel me”. The opening reception is Saturday, May 5th from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. with an…

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How many times have I gone past Buffalo State and heard the bells at Rockwell ring? Often enough to take it for granted. Recently, I was reintroduced to Buffalo State and was pleasantly surprised by what I learned. The first thing I noticed when I walked into Dr. Paterson’s office, was a poster advertising the “Harry Potter” course (officially EDU 612 “Developing Literacy with Literature”). Paterson, dean of the Education department, teaches this course to keep it current in the realm of literacy. Reading the books allows her teacher candidates to remember being in fourth grade and to explore the…

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When Stephanie Robb wondered how to better utilize the second floor space above her store, Turnstyle Designs at Lexington and Ashland Avenues, she began talking to people. Through these conversations, the idea of a contemplative and healing arts studio emerged like a shell washing up on the shore. A nautilus shell is the symbol that Stephanie chose for the space and as it turns out – it is also the symbol for Felicitas Kusch-Lango’s MaLa education which is now housed in Sea Studio. That type of synergy is just the beginning of the story of Sea Studio as in Source-Energy-Arts.…

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Where can you rent an apartment, get a haircut, shop for food, home décor and gifts, bank, socialize and eat lunch all under one roof? Horsefeathers Winter Market has been providing a space for vendors since the building was under construction six years ago. At the time, it was the only indoor market in Buffalo besides the longstanding Broadway Market. On Saturday, stepping out of the autumn chill, I walked into the market and was greeted by warm air and friendly faces. The Winter Market is now open for the season on Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and…

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What we apply on our skin enters our system; skin is porous. Kerry Plank, owner and operator of Alpine Made uses organic goat milk in her soap and skin care products to nourish users’ bodies from the outside in. Alpine Made products are sold at Farmer’s Markets including the Elmwood Bidwell market as well as local/regional stores Wegmans and Feel Rite. What does it take to create goat milk soap? For Plank, it involves tending an eleven acre goat farm in Wales, NY and milking the 34 Alpine dairy goats twice a day. Due to her sustainable farming practices, Plank…

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The Artists/Veterans Art Collaborative was started in 2010 by neighbors with a shared interest in supporting veterans. Artist and author Jackie Albarella and Iraq war veteran Dan Fronter, teamed up with VA therapist, Jim Becker, to provide a venue for vets to process post deployment tensions. Since the group’s inception, they have served over 500 men and women whose war experience dates from the Vietnam war through and including current conflicts. Even years after returning home, the feelings still haunt many vets; art is an excellent vehicle for processing those feelings. An exhibit of the Veterans’ art opened in the…

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Buffalo has always had a vibrant arts community and a can do spirit. It’s time to celebrate it at the 18th annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts on Saturday, August 26th from 10:00 until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 27th from 10:00 until 5:00 p.m. What makes this festival so special is that it is both inclusive and local, forward thinking and down home simple, for viewing or buying art and creating your own. The do it yourself art component is available in the Kidsfest area located in the Elmwood Lexington Coop’s parking lot and it’s open to kids…

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