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Feline Frolic: Event Rebranding by Sarah Costello
Opening: November 21, 6:00-9:00 pm | INVITE
On View November 20- November 25
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Cats and humans have coexisted for thousands of years. The earliest known domestication of cats occurred in Cyprus more than 9,000 years ago, around the time of the development of agriculture. Though cats are still regarded useful in catching mice for the sake of agriculture, the role of the domesticated cat in modern times has been that of a valued companion.

Growing up, I was surrounded by cats. From feral barn cats to indoor cats, there was rarely a day that went by where I would not see at least one; they were beloved animals to me. My love for these furry companions has continued, and for several years, I was a volunteer at an animal shelter, spending time with felines still waiting for a forever home.

The goal of this exhibition is to draw attention the joyful relationship between cats and humans. For the exhibition, I have redesigned the overall look for an event held annually in London known as “CatFest.” The event is intended as a celebration of cats through food, books, merchandise, and entertainment. I wanted to give the event a “playful” appearance, one of felines’ emblematic traits. Much of my inspiration for the work draws from my interests in illustration as well as my love of cats. The design work in this exhibition includes renaming concepts, proposed posters, a postcard, event giveaways, and newspaper advertisements.

Artist Bio: Sarah Costello is native of Western New York who currently resides in Kenmore, NY. She is currently completing her fourth year at SUNY Buffalo State with a major in Communication Design and a minor in Writing. Her work has been featured in several presentations at the college, including a Student Research and Creativity Celebration, two Design Student Exhibitions, and a Fine Arts Student Exhibition.


Hops and Tops T-Shirt Design & Branding by Matthew Walsh
Opening: November 27, 7:00-9:00PM | INVITE
On View November 27- December 1
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

This exhibition consists of recent works by Matthew Walsh, a Buffalo State College student currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design. The T-Shirt design and accompanying promotional material that Walsh has created for this exhibition represents his take on this potent tradition of youth inspired clothing. They are all Buffalo themed, and inspired by the history of the city’s breweries during prohibition. His overall concept for the brand is to tap into that rich history and combine it with modern day branding techniques. The resulting designs are edgy, new, and draw inspiration from its vintage roots. Finally, his goal is not just to sell a product, but communicate an experience.

Matthew Walsh is a New York City born Graphic Designer living in Buffalo, NY. He currently is completing his BFA in Communication Design at Buffalo State College and has interned at The University of Buffalo working with the football department on graphics.

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Fri 11/24 5:30-7:30PM | GALLERY HOURS | INVITE Stop by to see our exhibit Feline Frolic: Event Rebranding by Sarah Costello

Sun 11/26 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $7 | INVITE Johnny & The Man Kids (Buffalo, NY, Garage Rock), Amanda McCarthy (Boston, MA, Pop Rock), Milo Duhn (East Aurora, NY, Indie Acoustic), Mindy Davey (Buffalo, NY, Acoustic)

Mon 11/27 7-9PM | ART OPENING | FREE | INVITE Hops and Tops T-Shirt Design & Branding by Matthew Walsh: The T-Shirt design and accompanying promotional material that Walsh has created for this exhibition represents his take on this potent tradition of youth inspired clothing. They are all Buffalo themed, and inspired by the history of the city’s breweries during prohibition.

Weds 11/29 7:00 PM-9:30 PM | COMMUNITY | INVITE Socializing With Socialists: Campus Organizing. This month’s reading group meeting will be about about campus organizing and the struggle for dignified work for all members of university communities. Both readings are available for free online and can be found here and here

Fri 12/1 6:00 PM-11:00 PM | MUSIC | $8 | INVITE Izzy True (Ithaca/Chicago indie, rock n roll), Curt Oren (Iowa City Experimental/Singer-Songwriter/Minimalism), Morbs (Buffalo Punk), Jack (Buffalo/Brooklyn indie, punk rock)

Sat 12/2 | 10AM-12PM | COMMUNITY | FREE but Registration required | INVITE Get Handy! A Free DIY Homeownership Workshop: If you’re looking to cut down on contractor bills and make some of those round-the-house repairs yourself, this workshop is for you. Featuring a wide range of post-purchase topics, you’ll gain the know-how and confidence to keep your house a happy and healthy home. Join this workshop with presentations by Push Buffalo, Grassroots Gardens, Your Fix-It Neighbor LLC, University Heights Tool Library, and West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS.

Sat 12/2 4-10PM | COMMUNITY | INVITE FUN’d Raising Event for The Teal Project. Performances by Sage Enderton, Max Weiss, Ben Alessi, Zuut Bellydancers, and Green Gymnast CC and more! The mission of The Teal Project is to strengthen education and prevention efforts to combat sexual violence and bring awareness to this public health epidemic by providing age appropriate educational and empowerment programs to students in intermediate, middle, and high schools throughout our region. It is the goal of The Teal Project to effect change and inspire students to seek relationships that foster healthy conversation and mutual respect, while providing tools to recognize unhealthy behaviors in relationships and empower students to avoid or leave such relationships or seek help.

Tues 12/5 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE Sugar City’s Open Meeting! Program, Volunteer, Collaborate! Would you just like to volunteer? Or maybe you are just curious about how we manage this an endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? Well come out to our open monthly meeting! In January Sugar City is about to enter year 4 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST. WOOOWWEEEEEEEEE!!! Since Sugar City is all volunteer run we are always in need of help for events and are open to the community’s input for our programming.

Weds 12/6 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $10 presale $12 day of | INVITE <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/mccaffertyband/ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>McCafferty (Cleveland, OH, Pop Punk/Indie/Emo), Heart Attack Man (Cleveland, OH, Pop Punk/Emo), Super American (poolhouse rock, Buffalo, NY)

12/8 6-9PM | ART OPENING | FREE | On The Rise: Band Promotional Designs by John DeJac IV. The overarching goal of this exhibition is to give both bands the ability to rise up in the local and national music scenes, and to attract a following in the highly competitive music business. To achieve this, John took inspiration from other famous bands and combined that with his own design research and aesthetic. The result is a creative and credible brand presence that compliments and expands upon the music – effectively communicating its story to the world.

Fri 12/15 6-11PM | $7 Presale / $10 at Door | INVITE Rise, My King (Prog Metal Nazareth, PA), From The Branches Of Tide (Post-Hardcore/Metalcore from Buffalo, NY), The Impurity (Metal/Rock from Buffalo, NY), A Stranger To Remorse (Heavy Groove Metal from Buffalo, NY), Astrabula (Solo Acoustic from Buffalo, NY)

Sun 12/16 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $7 | INVITE Fordham Road (Boston, MA, Progressive Rock), Raibred (Binghamton, NY, Prog/Psychedelic), Astro Collective (Syracuse, NY, Jam/Psychedelic), Tortoise Forest (Buffalo, NY, Prog/Electro Jam)


From Your Collection
Opening Thursday August 24th, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view until Sunday September 17th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 5:30 to 7:30pm, during all events, and by appointment.

Sugar City is proud to present the third round of our collaborative group exhibition featuring works from your collection. We believe that everyone owns a piece of creative work that has value. We like to give a platform to share these items with a broad audience. Let us do away with the mystery of where art comes from and what authority assigns value and celebrate the art that we each have.

Over the last two years we have shown close to 75 pieces! People were gracious enough to loan us a variety of work as the theme pretty open to interpretation: items range from paintings, videos, prints, to tchotchkes you hold dear. The only rule is that the piece cannot be something the owner didn’t create. This exhibition follows the Sugar City do-it-together ethos and seeks to further empower everyone’s creative endeavors.


Thurs 8/3 6-10PM | MUSIC | PWYC | INVITE

As part of Buffalo's Infringement Festival WBNY Invades Sugar City:

Always Cool Society (poetic lyricist hip hop) A poetic lyricist with the ability to lead and inspire her generation, dev11n is a breath of fresh air in Hip Hop. Her jazz influenced style, coupled with her thought provoking lyrics, create a sound reminiscent of the 90’s with an all new feel. After the release of her debut EP #The11thHour, she launched a docu-series “I Am: dev11n” to document her journey as an up and coming artist.

Spliff (hip hop artist/vocalist )

Chronic Collective (emcees) Alibi and Illusive. Earth dwelling meanderthals/space travel experimentalists. One time got high score on Gallaga in another dimension in a dive bar.

Tilapia (3 piece funk jam band) three piece funky jam band that believes in two chains not three.

Diverze (vocals)

Dark Matter Trio (new music) Kevin Urso on fender rhodes/bass keys, Ryan Campbell on drums, and Nick Randall on guitar this group creates a sound bigger than the word 'trio' suggests. This energetic yet soulful merge to stand on the shoulders of great improvisors like Medeski Martin & Wood; John Scofield; Soulive; Joshua Redman; and Brad Mehldau, and adds an edge reminiscent of 90's grunge. You may recognize some of the melodies despite them being distorted through a kaleidoscope of captivating rhythms and jazz harmony. Their own fabrications come and go as only a temporal art like music can allow, yet they are truly

Deadwolf (psych rock) 5-piece Psychedelic Pop/Rock band that started off in the fall of 2015 with the objective of crafting larger-than-life songs that have a timeless atmosphere. Having recorded in their own studio, Afterglow Studios, they created the 65-minute long, 14 track album titled, Heavy Heart. Deadwolf has been hailed as, “Psychedelic Rock gods” and “The Harmony Kings.” In a Recent review by Buffablog, they said, “Half A Man, the latest single from Buffalo psych rockers, blew my mind straight up. If you haven’t already gotten this towering, epic jam into your ears, you really need to do so immediately.


Ghosts In the Sunlight: Photographs by Nick Torsell
Opening: July 27, 6:00-9:00 PM | INVITE
On view: July 28 – August 12
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Ghosts In The Sunlight are photos that were made from a car looking for a patch of dirt on the side of the road to park on. I pick up my camera wrapped in an old t-shirt and look for the thing I thought I saw in the car. Usually it’s an emptiness, a potential for something new or imagined to happen in that space.

I majored in literature at University at Buffalo. So I wasn’t an art major in college, and I haven’t always looked at things in pictures, but once I started to I realized I was looking for them all along, in old movies, in television, on the side of the highway looking up at the power lines. Photography gave me a way to compose the world into something more manageable.

About Nick Torsell: Nick Torsell was born in 1989 and started taking photos a few years ago. Though Nick has exhibited previously, this will be his first solo gallery show in Buffalo, NY. His sense of reality was deeply shaken by the 2016 Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. Wait ’til he gets his money right. Instagram: nftorsell