Dog Ears Bookstore is once again offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens. Those ages 55 and above are invited to participate in the “Around the World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program that explores different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture as well as local authors, poets and artists.
On Wednesday, March 30 from 12:30 to 3 p.m., a literary instructor will introduce participants to the work of local author Mark Goldman, a Buffalo resident for over 50 years. Goldman has played a key role in the cultural revival of downtown Buffalo and is the author of a number of books about Buffalo including Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright; Max Meets the Mayor; Tillie, A New York City Girl: 1906-2001; City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900-Present; City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, New York; and High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York.
Following the literary discussion, a Burchfield Penney Art Center representative will be on hand to guide participants in an art project and exploration of a local artist and their work. Artist Russell Ram will explore the visually rich and complicated messages of collage artist Nancy Belfer. Belfer, a fiber and mixed media artist, is one of the premier artists in the Burchfield Penney collection and is a professor emerita at the Design Department at Buffalo State College. Ram is a collage artist who has created and exhibited work spanning 50 years. His most recent exhibition was a solo show at the Kenan Art Center in Lockport. Ram is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo with a degree in Fine Arts and a graduate degree from Buffalo State College.
The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens. All class materials are provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted authors work will be raffled off among those in attendance.
The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo,(near Mercy Hospital). Street parking is available along Abbott Road and on surrounding side streets. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.
Pre-registration is required for each session and can be made by calling the bookstore at 823-2665.
“Around the World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program is a monthly series that features different countries and its authors and artists as well as local artists, authors and poets each month. The program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Services Inc.