In 1985, Buffalo opened its modest Metro Rail system, with 14 stations lining a 6.4-mile stretch from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus to the waterfront. Folded into that project was funding for some $1.5 million of public art projects by New York State artists, organized by a committee of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners and art experts.

In the years since the opening of our much-maligned Retro Metro, some of that art has taken a bit of a beating. And in an effort to bring some attention to its current state and foster a new wave of appreciation for the installations, local art lover Gretchan Grobe is leading a series of art tours through Buffalo’s Metro stations.

The three two-hour tours – 1 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. July 17 and 1 p.m. Aug. 3 – include stops at every station beginning at UB’s South Campus. Grobe will give participants info on works by Beverly Pepper, Milton Rogovin, Harvey Breverman and Stephen Antonakos.

The tour is $10 or $5 for children, plus $2 Metro fare. Call 852-3300 or visit for more information.

– Colin Dabkowski