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VOL. 17, Issue 2                                                                October 2017
Alan Shoots the Sun
Alan Friedman wears many hats.  Alan Friedman is the owner and co-founder of Great Arrow Graphics, located on the fourth floor of Tri-Main Center. You may recognize Alan as the man around Tri-Main wearing one of his very cool vintage hats. Alan has an extensive hat collection, some dating back 100 years. But his hats do not give away that Alan is one of the world’s leading amateur astro-photographers. His images of the sun, moon and planets are works of art that have been recognized by NASA, featured in travelling exhibitions, and published in numerous photography and astronomy magazines and web sites. Alan has been featured on the MSNBC and Today shows and in the New York Times. Amazingly, Alan takes his pictures from his back yard right here in Buffalo. Alan’s work has been viewed by millions on his blog or at

You can also see some of Alan’s photography on display at Great Arrow Graphics. While astro-photography is his hobby, Alan’s “day job’” is running his business. He takes great pride producing hand-silkscreened greeting cards for holidays, birthdays and all occasions. You can find Great Arrow cards at stores throughout the country including at Wegman’s. Or you can go to Suite 457 and get cards at great prices. While you are there ask to see how the cards are made. The silkscreening process is even older than some of Alan’s hats.

Alan’s photographs open a window into another world. The photos here are a sample of the many types of images that he has produced. He traveled to Kentucky to observe and record the recent solar eclipse.  
Alan captured the stunning images below from his backyard using a small telescope and a filter that filters out all light except for a narrow band in the deep red end of the visible spectrum. Observing the sun at this wavelength (656.3nm) allows the activity of hydrogen gas to be seen and complex features in the solar chromosphere to be observed. Using industrial streaming cameras (think scientific quality “webcam”) mounted to the back of the telescope, Alan records short videos of the sun at various exposures and focal lengths. Video is used to counter the blurring effect of the earth’s atmosphere. By choosing only the sharp frames from the video and then averaging these sharp frames together, the detail in the final image can be much greater than in any of the individual frames.
The photos below show dramatic solar prominences – arching regions of hydrogen plasma – extending off the edge of the sun tens of thousands of miles. The same features can be seen against the disk of the sun where they are referred to as “filaments. The sun rotates and its features are tremendously dynamic – each sunny day is a new photo opportunity!

A very large solar prominence – its’ length covers much of the distance from the earth to the moon!
Rotation of the sun over 7 days, seen in ultraviolet light. 
Close up photo of a large sunspot group
Visit the following links for Alan’s TEDx  talk and short video that provides more detail on his work and techniques:

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Our building at 45 Jewett Ave is progressing daily. The exterior brick has been returned to its original color, new windows and wood floors have been installed, fresh paint applied to the courtyard building and the connecting corridor was demolished to be replaced by office space and 3 apartment units. We know this building will be a beautiful asset to this area and to those who live and work here.
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Creative Mornings - October 13, 2017 8:30 - 10:00 @ Buffalo Game Space
Fotini Galanes “ You and Me  - I am More Than My Exterior” for the Anne Frank Project
Opening Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Czurles Nelson Gallery, Upton Hall, Buffalo State College 
           Don't miss this original production, just in time for Halloween!
Neglia Ballet’s production of Baba Yaga is a feast for the eyes, ears and imagination, with beautiful and eerie sets, colorful costumes, magical lighting effects and the music of three Russian Masters.


PAM GLICK:                          OPENING RECEPTION: Thurs, Oct 12th 6-9pm
SLOWLY I TURN                   ARTIST TALK: Thurs, Nov 9th 6pm
Oct 12- Nov 11th, 2017

Anna Kaplan
Work by Pam Glick included in "Slowly I Turn" opening October 12th — at Anna Kaplan Contemporary.
The next Electronics Recycling Drive will be held October 23 – 26
Tri-Main Center has been recognized by the Sustainable Business Roundtable for its recycling program. We thank all of our tenants for their participation. We currently recycle: cardboard, plastic, paper, metal, glass, cooking oil, batteries, ink cartridges and electronics. We hope that our tenants have the information they need to utilize the recycling options. Directions and information are available by calling the Management Office.
New Tenants and Relocations
Welcome to our new tenants, theBREWROOM is suite 402, MVP Network Consulting in suite 302 and FLARE in suite 412. We look forward to your presence in the Tri-Main Center community.
Several current tenants have new addresses: Paramount Health in suite 343, Andersons Courts and Sports in suite 345, Jennifer Parker Communications in suite 355, Journey’s End in suite 530 and Insight International  in suite 557.

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