Upcoming Events

IN THE GALLERY:


See You Again Next Week: New Works by Katie Virag
Opening Saturday August 17th 6-9pm | INVITE
On View August 11th-24th

ARTIST STATEMENT: Chairs play a central role in the process of therapy. Often, both therapist and client sit in chairs, face-to-face, week after week throughout the course of the therapeutic process as the client pieces their life together. In this exhibition, the viewer becomes surrounded by repeated imagery of a single armchair, representative of the repetition of this processIn my practice, I create multidisciplinary artworks showing the psychological complexities underlying mental illness and maladaptive coping mechanisms. There is a process of destruction, and reconstruction of personal identity that happens in experiencing a mental illness and the subsequent treatment. This process of breakdown and recovery is a central focus of my work. Experiencing a mental illness or maladaptive state creates both a fragmented reality and a fragmented view of oneself and one’s identity, however, identity struggles are something that most people have at some level during their lifetime even without experiencing an adverse mental health condition. My work pushes people to look at these issues with empathy and opens a dialogue about these topics and eradicate the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

Katie Virag is a native of Detroit, MI. She received a BFA in Sculpture and a BS in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2013 and did additional studies at SUNY – Buffalo State. She has had several solo exhibitions in the Western New York Area, as well as two-person show in Paonia, CO during a 2015 summer residency at Elsewhere Studios, and has been included in numerous group shows nationwide. She is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at Syracuse University and has a studio at Buffalo Arts Studios in Buffalo, NY.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Weds 8/21 7-9PM | CRIT CLUB | $5 or pay what you can | INVITE Meeting to talk about art you are making or art you’d love to critique! Attention artists of all disciplines! Are you fresh out of art school and missing those constant critiques? Did you never make it to art school? Do you make art and feel like you have no one to show it to? Introducing: Sugar City Crit Club! A monthly meeting every third Wednesday 7-9pm where artists of ALL ages and backgrounds can bring their in-progress (or even finished!) works to get feedback on, discuss, and share with other artists in a respectful and pressure-free community. Sugar City Crit Club aims to be an open and kind place where artists can uplift each other and help each other grow by sharing our thoughts, ideas, and artistic knowledge to create a safe place to get a little vulnerable our art. Let’s support and strengthen each other’s work and enjoy some snacks!

Fri 8/23 7-11PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE BIG BIG NOISE GIG Night #1: Harsh & Heavy | Machine Moon (Syracuse), Bubba Crumrine (Ithaca), Menophilia, Hoarding, Deceiver, Amish Noise, Creek Dweller, GodMachine

Sat 8/24 7-11PM | MUSIC | $7 adv/$10 dos | Hip Hop Night with Devan Childs, Redeyez, Brand-Nu, Dylan Toole, Apollo Soul & More

Wed 8/28 7-9PM | ART | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies) | INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing Multiple models will sit for 5-20 minute poses. Bring your own supplies (and we’ll have some available as well). Safer Space rules will be in full effect! Be respectful 🙂 Donations accepted at the door.

Tues 9/3 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE Sugar City’s Open Meeting! Program, Volunteer, Collaborate! 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 endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? Well come out to our open monthly meeting! Sugar City is almost finished with year 5 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST and its time to decide if we will renew. What does the future have in store? Its up to you to find out! 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.

Sat 9/7 6:30-11PM | MUSIC | $10adv/$15dos | Regional Rap Mega Showcase feat. Lil Shadow (Lakeview, Rap), James Wynn (Buffalo, Rap), Yung J & Young Kaz (Angola, Rap), TBK  (Angola, Rap), Bez (Lakeview, Rap), Meeqo716 (Angola, Rap), Mayhew & Young KaDiaN (Gowanda, Rap), Munge (Wanakah, Rap), Hefebossup (Buffalo, Rap), Young Herb (Lakeview, Rap)

Sun 9/8 7-9PM | ART | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies) | INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing Multiple models will sit for 5-20 minute poses. Bring your own supplies (and we’ll have some available as well). Safer Space rules will be in full effect! Be respectful 🙂 Donations accepted at the door.

Fri 9/13 6-10PM | MUSIC | $12-$15 | INVITE Guerilla Toss (Avante Funk Jam New York), Empath (Punk Philladelphia), Mallwalkers (Funky Punk Buffalo), CD-ROM (Art Punk Rochester)

Sat 9/14 6-10PM | MUSIC | $7-$10 | INVITE B Boys (Brooklyn punk trio), Inventory (Buffalo punk super group) more TBA

Weds 9/18 7-9PM | CRIT CLUB | $5 or pay what you can | INVITE Meeting to talk about art you are making or art you’d love to critique! Attention artists of all disciplines! Are you fresh out of art school and missing those constant critiques? Did you never make it to art school? Do you make art and feel like you have no one to show it to? Introducing: Sugar City Crit Club! A monthly meeting every third Wednesday 7-9pm where artists of ALL ages and backgrounds can bring their in-progress (or even finished!) works to get feedback on, discuss, and share with other artists in a respectful and pressure-free community. Sugar City Crit Club aims to be an open and kind place where artists can uplift each other and help each other grow by sharing our thoughts, ideas, and artistic knowledge to create a safe place to get a little vulnerable our art. Let’s support and strengthen each other’s work and enjoy some snacks!

Fri 9/20 7:30-11PM | COMEDY | SOLD OUT | INVITE Chris Gethard (Queens, NY, NJ Born actor, comedian, and writer), Carmen Christopher (Brooklyn based, Chicago born actor, writer, comedian) Pat Kewley (Buffalo)

Sat 9/21 9-11:30AM | COMEDY & BREAKFAST | $15.75 | INVITE Chris Gethard (Queens, NY, NJ Born actor, comedian, and writer), Carmen Christopher (Brooklyn based, Chicago born actor, writer, comedian) and pancakes! Yes, you read that right! It’s an early morning show on Saturday September 21st, 2019 Live at Sugar City! In response to the now SOLD OUT September 20th show, we are making Chris get up REALLY EARLY on Saturday morning and do it all over again with lots of panicked (vegan options too)

8.24.17


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.

8.3.17

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.

7.27.17


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