by Doug Sitler

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Going to an exhibition at Big Orbit Gallery is certainly one of the most unique art experiences in Buffalo. I was reminded of that last Saturday night when some friends and I attended the gallery’s annual members’ show. As with most of Big Orbit’s openings, it came as no surprise to find a huge crowd checking out the works, sipping glasses of wine, and socializing with fellow members and friends.

The gallery is located in the confines of an arts compound called the Essex Arts Center – just off Richmond Avenue. The Essex Arts Center is a story in itself: a former ice house turned into an artist studio, gallery and living space in the late 1960s. It’s a cool place. Legend has it that famous photographer Cindy Sherman once lived in the complex’s artist apartments. In the back of the compound, off the loading dock resides Big Orbit. I’ve been to a few shows at the gallery and let’s just say it never fails to deliver a great conversation between your friends about the concept of art. 

Big Orbit’s member show (which features one piece of artwork from their members) will be hanging until the end of February. The gallery is open on weekends from noon to 5:00 p.m. See www.bigorbitgallery.org for more details.

If you really want to make a trip to Big Orbit even more special, go around the corner to one of Buffalo’s favorite restaurants Left Bank . Everyone loves this place, in fact, it is so beloved that you better call in advance for reservations.