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Pattern Recognition by Katherine Goewey
On View: February 3-29
Opening Reception: February 7
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

Collecting rope, twine and thread has inspired this series of work centered on the possibilities of physically manipulating a line and creating patterns. I approach pattern making with tactile lines as a way to problem solve and a hands-on practice in cultivating optimism and possibility. Part of the exhibit consists of a long-term postcard project I have been working on, called WIP. With this project I produce small-scale experiments in attaching thread to chipboard. I then mail these non-digitally mediated testaments to connection to friends via the US Postal Service. Other works further my experiments in attaching rope in alternative ways. Reflection and Relief are larger pieces inspired by my work in construction and demolishing plaster and lath walls and seeing the fiber in the plaster of old homes. I attach rope to plywood, then apply joint compound to the rope to create a flat surface. After abrading the surface to expose the rope, I use this exposed rope to attach further embellishment. I am inspired by Anni Albers and her mastery of pattern, as well as other fiber artists like Eva Hesse.

Katherine grew up in the hills of the Finger Lakes and has lived in Little Rock and Brooklyn. She currently resides in Buffalo when she’s not at her seasonal job with the National Park Service. The daughter of craftspeople, she is influenced by her parent’s practices in ceramics and weaving, her love of the outdoors, and the possibilities of adornment and objects that are non-utilitarian.

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Wed 2/26 7-9PM | ART | Dreamland Live Figure Drawing | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies

Fri 2/28-3/1 7-11PM | THEATER | Liquidation | $25 |INVITE Tickets for the Liquidation are $25 per person and can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets at gbpliquidation.bpt.me starting January 17, 2020.

Fri 3/13 7-10PM | ART | Selfish: A Year of Sobriety and Art Making by Robbi Fabretti Gallery Opening | FREE | INVITE

Sat 3/21 7-11PM | MUSIC | Pizzadoughnuts Album Release Show

Tues 3/24 8-10PM | COMEDY | This Is Branchburg w/ Brendan O’Hare & Cory Snearowski | $10 Tix | INVITE

Fri 3/27 7-10:30PM | MUSIC | 21 & Under Battle of the Bands Hosted by Steak & Cake Records | $5 | INVITE w/ Maya LaMacchia, Element-36, Jblumes, The Progressions, Redacted

Sat 3/28 7-11PM | MUSIC AND FOOD | Sugar City presents “The Cereal Bar” (w/Free Show) | INVITE


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