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The show will feature more than 20 artists, who specialize in a wide variety of media, including sculpture; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; multimedia instillations; and photography. The exhibit title, “Project Underground Above,” highlights the presence of the creators that local media does not cover. The exhibit will become a permanent installation in city hall. In addition, the group is opening a new store at 611 Elmwood Avenue.

“These artists are the true roots and underground of Buffalo,” Brown said. “Most of these artists are not shown at (major galleries). They are ignored, but (they are) some of the best artists in Buffalo.”

Also to be featured at the Buffalo City Hall art opening will be some of the 50 local bands that the group works. These bands will also release a CD at New World Record. Some of the bands featured on the compilation will include Stemm, The Fracture, Fallout Shelter, Ad Hoc Theory, and more.

Amsterdam will host an after party at 8 p.m. for the public to come and enjoy the various antiques, art, and vintage clothing. The site is the former home of MIX.

Brown and Devlin founded A.R.M. on the eve of September 11, 2001. They said that they felt that “the world had become completely archaic, taking the artists away from their paints, musicians away from their songs, and writers away from their words.” A.R.M. wants to help Buffalo become ranked No. 1 in art destinations and to have, not just the United States, but the world pay attention.

The unique idea for the site on top of city hall actually came from Devlin, when she noticing the proposed closing of the Buffalo Animal Shelter, since one of the dogs that she and Brown own is a stray. They called City Hall and invited a few common council members to the various shows the group has had at Nietzsche’s and other venues to raise money for local organizations. Devlin said that the members were impressed with all of the artists and performances, noting that this is what the city needed. The members said for A.R.M. to check out the City Hall space. “Common Council President David Franczyk and his two legislative advisors, Michael Kuzma and Bob Sienkiewicz, really helped us out,” Brown said.

Brown had previously moved to New York City to work with Buffalo bands in Manhattan and make a film. He was doing fine, so why did he come back?

Brown chuckled and said that it was a weird story. One Thursday, he woke up in Manhattan, called a cab, went to JFK and was in Buffalo by noon. Just to go. That night he met his wife, and so the story goes.

He said that he hopes Buffalo as an artist’s destination will just be “meant to be.”

“I believe since moving back to Buffalo, what will save this city is music and art,” Brown said. “Tuesday will be insane, in a good way.” By Nicole Schuman

They say “it takes a village.” In this case it’s taking a city. Two residents of the city of Buffalo, Christopher Brown and wife Karen Devlin, started an artist group revolutionizing the underground creative force of the Queen City. The Artist Response Movement or A.R.M. will literally shout from the rooftops when its next big show opens up from noon to 8 p.m., August 3, on the 25th floor of City Hall.

The exhibit will feature works from various local artists in every medium. Brown and Devlin are calling it “a renaissance” for Buffalo culture.

“For right now, we want Buffalo to be the stage of the next renaissance, with an international spotlight on (us),” Brown said.