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ArtForms: Local Artists Join Fight Against Cancer

In a city flush with active and talented artists, there’s plenty of opportunity to build upon our thriving cultural scene to do some good. Queen City Prints is doing just that, joining forces with The American Cancer Society and MassMutual once again in presenting their second annual ArtForms event, which will be hosted at the Buffalo Arts Studio on Friday, November 9. 
“When I started Queen City Prints just over a year ago, one of my main goals was to do something positive, not only for the artists, but the area,” said owner Chris Reilley. “I feel it is important to give back to a community that has given so much to us, so structuring the openings in a way that benefited a charity was a win-win.”
No stranger to cancer’s impact, Reilley has served on the American Cancer Society’s Board of Advisors for the past three years, and has also watched several of his own family members battle against it. “Cancer has been extremely prevalent in my family; my father is a survivor, my aunt passed from adrenal cancer, my grandmother had cancer eight times in one form or another, so it’s been something that I’ve grown up around,” he said. “When I was presented with the opportunity to help the mission of the American Cancer Society, both with fundraising and awareness, I jumped at it.” 
Reilley chose to tap into the city’s pool of talented artists, rounding up over 15 local artists to produce well over 40 original works for the event. Guests at ArtForms will also have the opportunity to watch Chuck Tingley create a live painting, which will be raffled off at the end of the evening. All of the works produced will be for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward The American Cancer Society. Nicholas Picholas of Kiss 98.5 will be hosting the event, which will also include a Holiday Fashion Preview from Tony Walker & Company, chocolate tasting by Oh Pour L’Amour Du Chocolate, cash bar and food catered by Giancarlo’s. 
“Being able to merge the amazing talents of our local artists with the mission of the American Cancer Society has been a huge honor,” Reilley said. “As our annual ArtForms event continues to grow, we hope the collaborative effort by everyone involved will make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.”
Tickets to ArtForms can be purchased at www.QueenCityPrints.com/tickets for $12 presale, or for $15 at the door. The Buffalo Arts Studio is located at 2495 Main Street, Suite 500. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. For a full list of participating artists and information, visit the Facebook event page.
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Lead image: “American Flag – Brooklyn, New York” by Chris Reilley

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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