First Friday, Allentown
[ART] Now that the frivolities of summer are behind us, it’s time to dig back in and this Friday—September’s First Friday—might be the inaugural weekend of the Buffalo cultural calendar as galleries all over Allentown showcase their new work and stay open to the public. The male form will be investigated, explored, and inevitably made fun of with an impressively comprised group show curated by Gerald Mead at Studio Hart—UNCLAD—(65 Allen Street) and with Prism Gallery’s (224 Allen Street) show of paintings by Jim Estep. Manuel Barreto Furniture (430 Delaware Avenue) will open with a contemporary art show from the Robert and Sylvia Coles collection while the nearby Starlight Studio and Art Gallery (340 Delaware Avenue) will show a selection of photography from Robert Schulman. At the Artist’s Group Gallery (1 Linwood Avenue) Adele Becker will be showing A Life’s Work from her decades of paintings favoring oils and landscapes; the Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth Avenue) will host new, abstract work from Kate Parzych; at 64 College Street there will be an open-air “Art Under the Stars” event with work by an impressive roster of over a dozen artists; TGW@497 (497 Franklin Avenue) will have Dave Vitrano’s mixed media and terracotta sculptures in a show entitled Paper, Rock, Scissors. Indigo Gallery (47 Allen Street) will have Joseph Scheer’s terrific moth works on paper; and if you venture further downtown, check out Jonathan Piret’s Execution of a Photograph show at the BOX Gallery inside the Buffalo-Niagara Youth Hostel.