Ever sit at home bored wondering what to do with your day? Want to expand your mind while bringing some culture into your life? Well look no further than your local art gallery. Western New York is filled with beautiful places to enjoy contemporary and modern art, so grab a coffee and enjoy the beauty that is creativity.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo | (716) 882-8700
Before you even step inside, take a moment to admire the outside architecture of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. With its colonial-style and placement below the clouds, this building has become a must for best places to take wedding photos and more. The inside of the building will also not disappoint. With more than 150 years of creating the perfect art space, the gallery displays a variety of modern and historical art that can only be categorized as amazing. The gallery features various art exhibitions throughout the year. Their most current display, Sincerely Yours: Treasures of the Queen City, is part of a national tour of art that has been brought to Buffalo, July 5 thru Sept. 14. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday thru Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students 13 and up. Children 5 and under and members of the gallery are free. And be sure to come on the first Friday of every month, M & T First Fridays, in which admission is free.
Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery
1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca | (716) 675-0204
Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery is truly a hidden gem in West Seneca that features exhibits from several local artists to showcase their work. They also host art classes, contests, and scholarship fundraisers to raise money for students wishing to attend an art school. The gallery has an upbeat and fun atmosphere where you don’t actually feel like you’re in a gallery. The colors that surround you put you in a feel-good mood and allows you to appreciate original paintings, photography, pottery and more. Not to mention, their gift shop features unique items that you won’t find anywhere else. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.
Project 308 Gallery
308 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda | (716) 523-0068
A young art enthusiast and North Tonawanda resident, Natalie Brown, created this newly inspired gallery. Brown wanted to bring her passion of creativity and art to her hometown and decided to open up her own studio. While the gallery is on the small side, the reputation of the work that is displayed in it is not. The gallery hosts a wide variety of classes and events to showcase local artists. It might even create an artist in someone who may not have thought about art before. Brown is currently finishing up her Summer Terrarium Workshop Series in which folks can learn how to develop their very own terrarium, an artistic display of plants, with different themes. The next workshop will be an Airplant Mount workshop at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27 for $20. Pre-registration is required five days before the event.
Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo | (716) 878-6011
If you’re a Buffalo resident, you’ve surely heard of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. An attachment of SUNY Buffalo State, the center is the home to not only art, but special events, conferences, and shows. This is because this building brings about a classy and beautiful feel that makes anyone who steps in feel the prestige that shines through the white and elegant walls. But the atmosphere in itself shouldn’t be the reason that you take a tour. Burchfield Penney has several breathtaking collections and exhibits that are sure to inspire even the faintest art lover. The center is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students.
Benjaman’s Art Gallery
419 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo | 716-886-0898
Art lovers must take a trip this quaint and beautiful gallery that’s filled with hundreds of unique paintings, photography, and sculptures from all over the world. Even if you’re not interested in purchasing a piece and wish to admire the architecture of this Victorian mansion, the Benjaman Gallery will not disappoint. Knowledgeable staff is also always on hand to educate customers about the history of the paintings and answer any questions that they may have. The gallery is open to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday.