Buffalo artisan/welder Sarah Fonzi has been featured in a segment of Indie America, a PBS Digital Studios series. Sarah, who has a studio at The Foundry, has been producing some awesome public works of art in Buffalo over the past couple of years, including one at the former Handlebar Pub and the Patina 250. Her works are as wide ranging as the places that commission her talents.
What is so incredible about this video, is that it shows the impact that one artist can have on a community… and the impact a community can have on an artist. Here is a craftsperson who is able to make a living by working her trade. She is able to do this because businesses in Buffalo have commissioned her to produce works of art that align with their missions, messages and goals. There’s something to be said for these relationships that have been struck up, and how important they are to the overall health of any city.
“I still do metal work out of The Foundry but have another space as well,” said Sarah, when asked about the video feature. “I am also still the chairperson of The Foundry’s board of directors. Last summer I installed a 500sqft plaster installation at the Westin on Delaware. It is visible from the outside on Delaware Ave above Patina250. You can see some pics of it on my website – sarahfonzi.com. I am currently working on more plaster relief work for an exhibition at Hallwalls that will open March 10. Something else I am looking forward to is The Foundry’s Bid to Build benefit auction to be held May 18, 2017. I will have a piece in the auction as well as many other talented local artists and makers.”
The Foundry Welder, New York | INDIE AMERICA | PBS Digital Studios