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Open Art Night

The Buffalo Botanical Gardens is full of natural beauty and so much inspiration and what better space to come and create?!

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Members pay only $10!

We’re inviting artists of all media and abilities, near and far, to grab their sketchbooks, canvases, pencils or paints, and find inspiration under the lush conservatory for an intimate art experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Buffalo. You will have the entire 30,000+ square foot conservatory full of exotic plants from around the world at your fingertips to create in plein-air for four hours. *Limited registration

This experience is best suited for artists ages 16 and up. All participants are encouraged to bring their own easels, small tables, water cups, and water-based or dry media to work with. Only chairs and water for painting will be provided. Please keep in mind the nature of the greenhouse is very warm and humid. Water bottles are welcome and encouraged. Please review our full Artist Expectations below before reserving your space.

Artist Expectations for Open Art Nights at the Botanical Gardens:

  • What’s Provided: One chair per artist, clean water for painting, supply disposal, and of course the beautiful conservatory full of inspiration, accompanied by soft, soothing music.

  • What you should bring: Artists are welcome to bring their own materials such as easels, small tables, water cups, and water-based or dry media. *No oil based media, spray paint, or splattering can be used for the safety of our plants. Keep in mind only chairs and water for paints will be provided. Water bottles are welcome and encouraged and beverages will be available for purchase in the Admission area.

  • Clean up: Artists are responsible for placing trash in receptacles and following all material disposal instructions. Absolutely NO materials or soiled water will be dumped down the sink, in potted plants, or in the garden beds.

  • Respect others and our Plants: Artists are welcome to set up anywhere on the paved space throughout the conservatory. Please keep in mind this is a shared space. Do not block walkways and be considerate of other artists. The Botanical Gardens’ plants, arrangements, exhibits, benches, chairs, tables, signage etc. are not to be moved, walked on, or disturbed in any way. Any destruction will be at the cost of the guest. Absolutely NO plants are to be touched, moved, pulled or cut. For the safety of our plants, only water-based or dry media will be permitted.

  • Not Permitted: Large props, drone photography, alcoholic beverages or drugs are not permitted in the facility. We reserve the right to ask anyone who does not adhere to these guidelines to leave without a refund.

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