Celebrate Buffalo’s 716 Day with three art themed events this Saturday and help kick off prime gardening season in Buffalo.
The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk in the University Heights neighborhood begins the day and proves once again that Buffalo is a beautiful city with passionate gardening community.
In conjunction with the Capen Garden Walk, the St. Andrew Sculpture Garden will officially open for the season at 10:00am and will remain opening into the evening. The UHAA developed the garden from an overgrown lot in 2015 and the reward is evident with exciting works of art throughout the garden. Artists featured at the garden this season include sculptors William Herod, Valeria Cray, Kenneth Payne, Ken Kash with Mollie Kash, and Lawrence Kinney. Glass artist SM Ann Therese Kelly will also install a glass art window at the garden. An interactive mural is currently underway at the garden.
The UHAA will offer art activities from their traveling ARTbooth (unveiled in 2015), which travels around Western New York and offers free art activities at local events and community spaces. A recent extension of the ARTbooth Program called ARTcovz was unveiled when the organization received the ASI Spark Rising Star award from the Arts Services Initiative in May 2016.
Later in the day on Saturday a reception will be held for the artists participating the University Heights Arts Association summer exhibitions including the Capen Garden Walk Poster Art Exhibition, produced by the UHAA for the Capen Garden Walk. An artist’s reception will be held at the St. Andrew Sculpture Garden, 3107 Main Street, at Lisbon Ave, on Saturday, July 16th at 6:00pm. Awards will be presented, refreshments will be served and live music will be playing in the garden. Artists receiving awards for the poster art competition and exhibition include: Susan Latona (Poster Art Winner), Tracy Marciano (Best of Show) and Eileen Graetz (Third prize), as well as the artists featured at the sculpture garden this season. The exhibition will run from July 16 through August 8, 2016 at Amy’s Place Restaurant (3234 Main Street), a business that continues to support local artists and community engagement. ■