To say that the Buffalo art scene would be different without the work of Aimee Buyea would be an understatement. As a co-founder of Sugar City and a founding officer of the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo, Aimee has worked tirelessly and with a variety of Buffalo organizations (CEPA Gallery, WNY Book Arts Collaborative, Squeaky Wheel, etc.) to ensure a vibrant and healthy art scene in the Nickel City. Because of her amazing contribution and investment in Buffalo’s creative community it seems only fitting that the community supports her in turn. On June 3, Aimee was struck by a motorist while riding her bicycle with the accident resulting in serious head injuries, including a fractured skull. Aimee has since been released from the hospital and is steadily recovering.
A benefit will be held for Aimee on Saturday, July 2, 2011 from 4-10 pm at Sugar City, located in historic Allentown at 19 Wadsworth St. The event includes a dinner prepared by a roster of Sugar City’s resident chefs, a Chinese auction featuring contributions from many local artists and businesses, live music by Al Larsen, The Mordaunt Sisters, and The Fucking Hotlights, a reading by Matthew Baker Thompson, and a film screening curated by Liz Flyntz.
The event will continue at 10 pm at Nietzsche’s. It will feature an all star live karaoke band and special guest DJ’s ABCDJ, Frankie Rainbows, & MJB Corporation. The proceeds of the events will directly assist Aimee with her bills while she is unable to work. A minimum donation of $10 gets you in the door for both events. Please consider making this event a part of your Fourth of July weekend. For more information on Aimee Buyea and this benefit, please visit aimeebuyeabenefit.com or www.buffalosugarcity.org/.