by Doug Sitler

Many years ago, Buffalo political and civic leader George Arthur began taking photographs of various street signs throughout Buffalo. During his travels, Arthur noticed numerous neighborhood murals painted on buildings, bridges and houses. To his surprise, the murals were of pretty good artistic quality and had a deeper meaning to the neighborhood artists. Some images gave messages of hope to the community, while other murals paid homage to residents who have passed away. He could tell that the painting had a story behind them…who painted these images? Where are the families and artists? Before the work began, did the community approve of the images?

They were all questions Arthur would ask himself upon discovering and photographing the murals. The photographs that evoke these thoughts are on display at the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Community Gallery, located at the visitor center inside the Market Arcade building at 617 Main Street. The opening of the show “Street Art” is Friday, September 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit is sponsored by CEPA Gallery, with assistance from the CVB. For more information about the visitor center, go to

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