Where the heART Is – Trimania

By Anna Miller

This Saturday night, the Buffalo Arts Studio is turning the Tri-Main Center into a mouth-watering medley of music, dance, media, sculpture, film, fire…even tricycle races. It’s a fundraising party so big – and perpetually growing bigger – that it can only happen once every three years.  And with 2011 being Buffalo Arts Studio’s 20th anniversary, the fourth installment of Trimania sure to be a doozey.

“It’s really a unique experience,” said BAS curator Cori Wolff. “We try to provide something for everyone, to reach out to a wide variety of audiences.”

Family Funktion & the Sitar Jams brings their unique sound to Trimania

Musicians will be spread out over five stages, performing every genre you can imagine…and some you can’t. From gypsy jazz to bluegrass, African drumming to opera, visitors will enjoy tunes from their favorite local bands – such as Family Funktion & the Sitar Jams, Down to the Roots, the Tins – and be introduced to regional musicians making big waves over the border such as Canadian greats Neville Francis and the Sadies and up-and-comer Dinosaur Bones

The Sadies are Canadian country-rock royalty

Performance art – fusion belly dance by Fleuron Rouge; captivating dance and projections by resident artists Gerald Trentham & Jamie O’Neil; fire dance by Pyromancy alongside Slyboots drumming – will be spread across multiple venues. Knuckle City Films will feature their local documentaries in a movie room.

“This celebration definitely provides exposure for the artists,” Wolff said. “First and foremost, our resident artists will be in their studios showcasing their work.  It’s a unique chance for the public to stumble in and talk to the artists about their works.”

More than 60 artists will open their studios in the Tri-Main to show off their work to the 3,000-plus expected attendees.  Three exhibits will host their opening nights, showcasing the work of George Hughes, Jeremy Holmes, Craig LaRotonda, and Rob Lynch. Many of the businesses in the Tri-Main building will have their doors open for the party as well, so it’s a rare chance to really explore one of Buffalo’s cultural gems.

Rob Lynch does double duty in showing his paintings while drumming for Buffalo bluegrass staple Down to the Roots

The event is the culmination years of preparations by players from across Buffalo’s arts community. It serves as the primary fundraising endeavor for BAS, creating a necessary revenue stream to ensure they can continue with their work in arts exhibitions, empowerment, and community education. With this year’s county funding cuts, the event holds even greater significance. Still, the Good Neighbors at BAS knows how to keep their struggles in perspective, and are pitching in proceeds to places in need far beyond Buffalo.

“The entire event is to benefit the Buffalo Arts Studio, but we’re also going to be donating some of the proceeds to the Himalayan Institute and Trees for Tibet,” Wolff explained, noting the well dug in Africa with proceeds from last Trimania’s bottled water sales. “And in light of recent events, all of the tips we make at the bars will be donated to relief efforts in Japan.” 

That’s the way we like to see it done in our Good Neighborhood – praise art, celebrate life, and always remember where the heart is.

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