Amanda Browder Spectral Locus

Fabric-covered buildings? They’re coming soon to Buffalo

Buffalo News: Gusto

by Colin Dabkowski
Amanda Browder’s “Spectral Locus,” a public art project involving huge sheets of colored fabric, will temporarily transform the former church at Richmond Avenue and West Ferry later this summer. 
For the past several weeks, Buffalonians have been working with New York City-based artist Amanda Browder to sew together what will become one of the more eye-popping public art projects in recent memory.

Browder’s project, “Spectral Locus,” will cover in multi-colored fabric large sections of the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond Avenue and West Ferry Street; the Eckhardt Building at 950 Broadway; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Clifton Hall.
Once installed, that fabric – knit together in a series of public sewing sessions led by Browder – will look something like this:

Amanda Browder's "Spectral Locus," a public art project involving huge sheets of colored fabric, will temporarily transform the former church at Richmond Avenue and West Ferry later this summer.

Amanda Browder’s “Spectral Locus,” a public art project involving huge sheets of colored fabric, will temporarily transform the former church at Richmond Avenue and West Ferry later this summer.

A look at the other locations:

Clifton Hall:

950 Broadway:

Stay tuned for more on the project as it moves toward its final stages in July.


Flower Patch: a collaborative applique quilt project by Ani Hoover

Flower Patch is a collaborative applique quilt project.

Add your flower!

Come by and draw or color in a flower during Garden Walk. Ani Hoover will be set up in front of the Rosanna Elizabeth Visual and Performing Arts Center (REVPAC) at the former Richmond Methodist church (Richmond and West Ferry) to help people make flowers that will then be appliqued onto a larger piece of fabric and quilted. All are welcome! Please bring your family and friends and join us Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31, 10am to 4pm!

The collaborative “Flower Patch” quilt will be exhibited in the community space at Buffalo Arts Studio in conjunction with Ani’s art exhibit Craft Art Field Day. The opening for the exhibit is September 23 from 5-8pm.

Craft Art Field Day is an exhibit of Ani Hoover’s new sculpture and textile based projects. It will be held at Buffalo Arts Studio, Sept. 23, through Nov. 11, 2016. The completed quilt will be raffled during the exhibit and proceeds will be used to further other collaborative art works in Buffalo.

Refreshments will be provided to participants as well as informational packets about the future of the Rosanna Elizabeth Visual and Performing Arts Center (REVPAC) at the former Richmond Methodist church. The REVPAC Campus is the perfect setting for this collaborative art project which is rooted in community participation. The REVPAC is a social enterprise, offering collaborative art space, a contemporary gallery, a resource center for arts-related organizations or individuals, and an incubator/catering kitchen.
The mission of the REVPAC is to advance artistic production, multicultural education opportunities and small culinary enterprises, through creative place-making and arts management resources. The vision for the campus is a vibrant artistic space with soft edges that unifies our neighborhoods and city through multimedia artistic production, education, culinary and cultural exploration.

Please Contact Ani Hoover for further details.

Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31, 10am to 4pm


Open-Source Biography

Get to Know Your Neighbors, Learn About Our Histories, Share Your Storiesopen mask
Free community workshop!
Open-Source Biography refers to the evolving story that we are all part of as a community, and contribute to every day.
The goal of Open-Source Biography is to generate compassion through sharing our histories.
The workshops will provide a safe space for people to share personal stories that expose our differences as well as our common ground. We will work with various tools to document and share our histories.  We will collage our individual biographies to generate a multi-media, evolving community archive: an Open-Source Biography. We will share our Open-Source Biography with the public in the form of an interactive installation in the Chapel of the W. Ferry/Richmond Church on Sunday, September 13th.
Over the course of the 8 workshops we will work with some of the following exercises, methods and mediums:
-Breath, Body and Mind awareness
-Writing and speaking
-Video self interviewing and partner-interviewing
-Mask/Costume playing with character dynamics
-Exchanging, sharing and overlapping personal details to observe how our specific stories inform and interact with one another.The first workshop on September 1st will be an introduction both to each other as expressive collaborators, and to the ideas that we will later explore in depth over the course of the following 7 workshops. It is highly recommended that participants attend this frst workshop.Before each workshop an all-levels yoga class will be held as a physical warm-up. The yoga class is recommended for workshop participants but not required.
Yoga classes, workshops and final public sharing will be held at the Richmond Ferry Church: 467 Richmond Ave Buffalo.
Tuesday September 1st
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Wednesday September 2nd
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Thursday September 3rd
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Saturday September 5th
yoga 12:30-1:30pm workshop 2-4pm

Tuesday September 8th
yoga 4:30-5:30pm
workshop 6-8pm
Wednesday September 9th
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Thursday September 10th
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Saturday September 12th
yoga 12:30-1:30pm workshop 2-4pm

Sunday September 13th…………………..Final performance 1pm

Workshop places are limited so please register ahead of time if you would like to join.

To register or for further questions/information,
please send an email to Kyla Kegler:

The workshop locations are being donated through the Rosanna Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts & Richmond Ferry Church.

Open-Source Biography is a new community performance work developed and fascilitated by artist Kyla Avery Kegler. It is funded and curated by artist Tina Dilllman of Project Grant.

Pics from Drum Workshop by Griffin Brady at Hands Across Buffalo

The Richmond Ferry Church participated in the tremendously successful event: Hand Across Buffalo, organized to support the Homeless Alliance.
After the handholding ended at the RFC the hand thumbing started with an incredible Drumming and Dance Workshop giving by Griffin Brady from Slyboots, a local organization with a focus on community building, while training musicians, artists, dancers and providing industry resources at affordable rates for artisans.

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Special thanks to Jordan Lemar for the photos, and Rachel Heckl, the Richmond Ferry Church’s lead person, for donating the space.

Hand Across Buffalo At Richmond Ferry Church


Dear Friends of the Richmond Ferry Church,

We would like to invite you to be a part of an historic event where 7,000 people will link arms to stand in unity to create a human chain across the City of Buffalo along Ferry Street from Niagara St to Bailey Ave.

We have organized a team to represent The Richmond Ferry Church. If you are interested in participating please register at and indicate (at the end of the online form) that you are affiliated/representing “The Richmond Ferry Church”.  Once you are registered,  plan to meet on Saturday at the Ferry Street side of the church at 10:30am. We will link arms along Ferry Street from 11:00am-11:15am. A music performance organized by Griffin Brady ~ The Slyboots Drum Ensemble will follow the arm-linking event.

Please also share this invite with your family, friends, clients…. and spread the word to as many people as you can. If you need any further information please feel free to contact

Thanks for your support!


“be mused”

Sneak a peek inside the beautiful Richmond Ferry Church by watching “be-mused” a short film
performed by the Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Performance Group,
shot by Jim Bush with music by Daniel Kolb.

“be mused”

is a present time glimpse of future possibilities in the
magnificent Richmond Ferry Church space for the performing Arts.
Renovations beginning Summer 2014
Design & Development Team:
Watts Architecture & Engineering
Blue Sky Concepts (a division of Blue Sky Design & Supply) Ecostandard Urban Planning Consultants
The church is a collaborative visual and performance art space, contemporary gallery, and business development and resource center for arts-related organizations, individuals, and groups.
Produced by Rachel Heckl
Directed by Nancy Hughes
Cinematography and editing by Jim Bush
Music by Daniel Kolb
Performed by the Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Performance Group:
Nancy Hughes
Scott Matthew Slocum
Gretta Sowyrda
Ashley Vita Verde
Phil Wackerfuss
Aaron Water


April 5 marked the Richmond Ferry Church’s first pop-up event “CURVATURE: a fusion of visual art and dance.”

Curvature acted as the primary revival of the Richmond Ferry Church. Benjaman Gallery  the first anchor tenant to live within the Richmond Ferry Church announced plans to establish a modern gallery, exclusively  from the 19th and 20th century  inside the Richmond Ferry Church.  Behind the church lives a fantastic warehouse, where the Benjaman Contemporary Gallery plans to open a high-caliber urban gallery, which will feature the work of living artists living regionally and internationally.

Watts architectural firm has been chosen to take on the Church project, and renovations to both spaces will begin straight away.

Curvature  a unique pop-up event occurred at The Hi-Temp FAB gallery in downtown Buffalo.  Visitors to the CURVATURE were treated to over 50 works of original art, a 5 part dance concert by Biggs & Co. and the BCIJPG, as well as  live painting by Hugo Rodriguez and the premier of a stunning vignette by Jim Bush: the piece entitled “be mused” was filmed inside the Richmond Ferry Church on a cold March day and features The Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Group and music by Daniel Kolb.

The art and dancing were curated to highlight the beauty and fluidity of the female form. The paintings, drawings, photography and print work were hung chronologically beginning with 19th Century Art Nouveau and ending with the most recent paintings by legendary figural painter Bruce Adams.

The event was a HUGE success. Despite delayed deliveries, bad weather and a bandits game,  which tied up parking, everything played out beyond our most hopeful expectations. We had over 300 visitors to this amazing exhibition, sold several pieces of artwork, and increased awareness of the impressive dance community, which is growing exponentially in Buffalo.