September 4 First Fridays Events

A busy night at Allentown First Fridays

A spate of innovative art exhibitions, from a miniature outdoor art fair to a show featuring high-resolution scans of rare moths, will draw culture-seekers to the streets of Allentown Friday night for an especially robust iteration of Allentown First Fridays.

Though Michael Mulley’s College Street Gallery is no more, he will present his periodic “Art Under the Stars” event at 64 College Street from 6 to 10 p.m., a group show of photographs and paintings by 15 Buffalo artists. Further east, Studio Hart (65 Allen St.) hosts “Unclad,” an exhibition curated by Gerald Mead featuring nude male figures, with work by a who’s who of Buffalo’s working artists, from the traditional figure paintings of Paul Rybarczyk to spookier inventions by Craig LaRotonda.

At nearby Indigo Art (47 Allen St.), Alfred University professor Joseph Scheer presents “Mothing: Life Beyond the Edge of Awareness,” a collection of high-resolution scans of moths intended to demonstrate that “there is awe-inspiring beauty everywhere, if only we open our eyes to see it.”

The shows continue throughout the neighborhood, with new photographs by Kate Parzych on view in Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworh St.), new collages and other work by David Vitrano in TGW@497 Gallery (497 Franklin St.) and a 40-year retrospective of painter Adele Becker in Artists Group Gallery (1 Linwood Ave.). More information is at allentown.org.

– Colin Dabkowski, GUSTO, Buffalo News, September 3, 2015