April 21, 2016

Yesterday, I flew. I had wings...I circled over Niagara Falls, downtown Buffalo, saw the grain elevators from above, and I shared this experience with a friend and fellow artist, Edreys Wajed. We were piloted around in a four-seater prop plane by our friend and local Yelp Manager, Alex Levine. He's been asking both of us to fly for a while, and we finally followed through. What an experience - a warm spring night, with the sun setting on the horizon, the whole of Western New York laid out before us. As you can imagine, this led to some reflection.


The people you surround yourself with are the main influences in your life. For good or for bad. And I've been noticing all the positive ways my peers influence me. Edreys and I are a perfect example. I heard about his work seven years ago, and lo...

April 11, 2016

When I fundraised to get to my art residency in Florence, I promised that I would offer free public talks  upon my return, to share what I learned. This Wednesday, I'll give the first one at the Buffalo Central Library downtown at noon. It is National Library Week, and I am an ardent believer in the power and enduring relevance of public libraries. This talk will focus on the family history aspects of my travels; whereas future talks, at the Roycroft (Wednesday, May 11th 7pm) and the Buffalo History Museum (Wednesday June 15th, 6pm) will focus on the art, history and food experienced on my trip.


Here's the blurb:
"Surprising personal connections combined with genealogical research gave Dana the opportunity to travel to Norma, a small hill town south of Rome, where her cousins speak an ancie...

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