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Art for Artists Holiday (Silent) Auction Features Work of 17 Artists

2018 Art for Artists Holiday [Silent] Auction
Saturday, December 1, 2018     6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Unboxed Art Sanctuary @ outside the box
1272 Delaware Avenue (in the carriage house)
Buffalo, NY 14209
On Saturday, December 1, 2018 Buffalo artists will offer original work for sale as unique Holiday gifts – and to support the institutional advancement of the African American Cultural Center.
The 2018 Art for Artists Holiday [Silent] Auction takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in theUnboxed Art Sanctuary at outside the box, in the carriage house at 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209.
“I like to think of this as a mixed-use fundraiser. It’s envisioned as a way to economically honor the creative talent of the artists, promote the purchase of original art as a unique Holiday gift, and provide a platform for artists and the community at large to collectively support Buffalo’s cultural arts institutions of color,” event coordinator Jessica Thorpe said.
Thorpe is the owner of outside the box, an MBWE marketing and development communications enterprise founded in 1999.  She is also a mixed-media artist.
The 2018 Art for Artists Holiday [Silent] Auction features an eclectic mix of media from the Western New York Urban Arts Collective (WNYUAC) and Buffalo’s Immigrant and Refugee Community. Offerings include: black-and-white photography by George K. Arthur, intricately fanciful pen-and-ink by Iris Kirkwood, impressionist oils by Betty Pitts-Foster, monotype/collage by Phyllis Thompson, driftwood sculpture by Ray Robertson of Niagara Falls, metal sculpture by Burmese artist Aye Min Thant, and several Haitian folk art paintings brokered by Jocelyne Bonhométre .
Works by James Cooper III, Gerald Seals, Kobi Barber, Lisa Brown, Dawn Martin Berry-Walker and Karibu News publisher Rubens Mukunzi will also be up for bid – as well as several vibrant paintings by late Buffalo artist William Y. Cooper and an original oil canvas by Haitian “Father of Letters” Frankétienne.
“Original art makes a really thoughtful gift, and provides a timeless legacy of cultural wealth to pass on from one generation to the next,” Glendora Johnson-Cooper, event co-coordinator said.
Starting bids range from $50 to $2500; twenty percent of the sale of all artwork goes to the African American Cultural Center.
The donation to attend the 2018 Art for Artists Holiday [Silent] Auction on Saturday, December 1, 2018 is $25.00 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages. All ticket proceeds also go to the African American Cultural Center.
Seating is limited: Tickets are available at or contact 445-5122 or  
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