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Exciting Women in the Arts Festival Hits Buffalo New York

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Buffalo Celebrates Amazing Music and Art by Women this March
If you enjoy the arts, from galleries full of innovative paintings and mixed media to stellar musical performances to innovative arts technology, you will be amazed at the amazing contemporary music and arts that you will encounter this year at the Women in the Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York. From a toddler-friendly music event on March 17th in Amherst to an exciting jazz band concert March 29th and gallery showings at the Kenan Center, there is something for every age and every arts lover this year. Hosted by a variety of institutions including Canisius College and Buffalo State, and including a wide array of stunning artists and musicians including Dr. Barbara Harbach and Caroline Mallonee and the Ladies First Jazz Band, this year promises to top previous years in variety and arts enjoyment.

Women in the Arts Festival 2014

Friday, February 21-Friday, April 4:  Art opening and exhibit: Elizabeth Lambert Mararian, artist. Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7pm, Andrew W. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College.

Buffalo panorama circa 1911
Sunday, February 26-Sunday, March 30:  Art exhibit: “Greenan@Kenan,” exhibit of works by Niagara Falls artist Amy Greenan, featuring more than 40 works in acrylic, gouache, and collage. Included are portraits of “Jane Doe’s,” women whose bodies were found but never identified, sometimes for decades and beyond. These works, combined with her series of abandoned houses, form for the artist a connection that is both conceptual and intentional. Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport 14094. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday noon-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5pm. Free.  For more information, call 716-433-2617 or visit  See also March 9 event, listed below.

Saturday, March 1:  Piano recital: Jennifer Campbell, a finalist of the 2012 Sixth New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. 3pm, Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 3:  Meet-the-Faculty Recital, Canisius College faculty members Jane Cary, piano; Karen Schmid, piano; Ellen Barnum, bassoon; James Wright, baritone. 12noon, Montante Cultural Center. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 4: Lecture: “Women’s Musical Roles in 18th-Century America,” presented by Jane Cary, Professor of Fine Arts/Music and Director of Music at Canisius College. A look at women composers, performers, librettists and copyists from the North and the South. 2:30pm, Regis Room, Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 5: Lecture: “21st-Century Women Composers,” presented by Dr. Barbara Harbach, Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 12noon, Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 6:  Coffee House, featuring faculty and student lectures, performances and Richard Reitsman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, reading from Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle and an excerpt from Gloria Anzaldua on Latina lesbians; Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Bradley Wingert, performing choral works by women composers; Sabrina Pena Young, composer, presenting segments from her virtual opera Libertaria; Tom Colgan, SJ, speaking on “Spirituality as the Art of Living Out One’s Experience of the Mystery of Love;” and vocal music by Canisius College voice students. This event is an open house, so come for as long or as little as you want. Light refreshments will be served. 12noon-4pm, in the Montante Cultural Center Balcony Reception Room, Canisius College. For more information, call 716-888-2536 or visit Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 7:  Organ lecture/recital: “Historical Women Composers for the Organ,” presented by Dr. Barbara Harbach, Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Presented by the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity. 7pm, Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. $10 suggested donation. For more information, contact Carole Harris, Women in the Arts Festival Coordinator, 716-298-1310 or

Friday, March 7:  Lecture: “Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism and Social Justice,” presented by Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor of BITCH magazine. The lecture offers an overview of media and pop culture as a focus to feminist activism. Presented by the Canisius College Women & Gender Studies Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. 7pm, Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College. For more information, contact Tanya Loughead, Department of Philosophy, at Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 9:  “Tea & Tour in the Gallery”: Tour of the Greenan@Kenan exhibit by artist Amy Greenan (see Sunday, Feb. 26-Sunday, March 30 event listed above for exhibit details). The tour will be preceded by light luncheon fare, assorted sweets and teas. Cost: $20 per person; advance reservations required by calling the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport, at 433-2617. For more information visit

Tuesday, March 11:  Concert: Buffalo Chamber Players. Included are compositions by composers Lili Boulanger and Buffalo composer Caroline Mallonee. 7:30pm, Ciminelli Recital Hall, in Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College campus. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Rockwell Hall Box Office (716-878-3005) or online. Free student admission tickets are available in person at the box office with valid student ID. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and one hour prior to concert time.

Sunday, March 16:  Recital: Karen Schmid, pianist; Linda Mabry, pianist; Musical Delights piano quartet (Linda Mabry, piano; Rebecca Torres, violin; Leslie Bahler, viola; Christine Treimanis, cello). Program will feature works by women composers Fanny Mendelssohn, Joan Tower, Germaine Tailleferre, Agathe Backer-Grǿndahl, Dora Pejačević. 3pm, Church of the Nativity UCC, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Buffalo (Town of Tonawanda). For more information, contact the church at 716-875-3365 or Carole Harris, 298-1310 or $10 suggested donation. Also on exhibit in the Gathering Space/Narthex of Nativity UCC are watercolor paintings by the women in the church’s Watercolor and Spirituality class, led by WNY watercolorist Marj Donovan.

Monday, March 17:  Event: “Classical Music for Kids,” presented by local composer Sabrina Peña Young. A fun, free arts event for children and their families. Includes story time, learning about women in music, making instruments, an instrument zoo and more. 10am-12noon, Restoration Church, 504 Frankhauser Road, Amherst, NY 14221. For more information, call 716-541-0794 or contact the church at

Friday, March 21:  Screening: “Libertaria: The Virtual Opera,” by Sabrina Peña Young, award-winning composer and media artist. Music critic Greg Stepanich (Palm Beach Arts Paper), says of the opera “It was a heroic effort, and the level of singing in the animated opera was very high…It sounds like a graphic novel, and looks like one. As a story, it is very much in line with the good vs. evil sci-fi tradition, with the added bonus of a plucky female heroine.” 11am-noon, Buffalo State College, location TBA. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 29:  Show at the Tralf: Ladies First Jazz Big Band, the award-winning all-women’s group. Show is dedicated to Dolly Winden. Jennie Jones, director; Jennifer May, manager. $15 pre-sale; $20 day of show. For more information, visit

For further information on all events:
Contact: Dr. Carole Harris, WNY Women in the Arts Festival
716-298-1310; 716-957-7927

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