For many years, the stately sandstone church at the corner of Richmond Avenue and West Ferry has stood as a tantalizing symbol of possibility on the edge of the Elmwood Village. Plans to convert it into a center for performing and visual art have been germinating, in one form or another, for the past 15 years.
And now, those plans may finally be coming to fruition. A new group of arts advocates recently purchased the building from Alleyway Theatre. It is holding a pop-up dance show and art exhibition Friday and Saturday in the Cobbletone District’s Hi-Temp Fabrication (79 Perry St.) to draw attention to their plans turn the building into a destination for visual and performing arts.
The event, called “Curvature,” was organized by the Benjaman Gallery and will feature a selection of work from the gallery’s collection as well as dance organized by local choreographer April Biggs. The Benjaman Gallery plans to establish a satellite art space in the refurbished church.
“One of the aims of ‘Curvature’ is to excite Buffalo residents about the unique cultural events which will be cultivated by members of the new art space opening in the Richmond Ferry Church,” according to a release. “Benjaman Gallery will be one of the many organizations which will be utilizing the new art space when it opens.”
Work on the structure is ongoing and no opening date has been determined. “Curvature” runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and costs $10. Call 886-0898 or visit www.richmondferrychurch.org.
– Colin Dabkowski