Collector's Choice Art Auction and Gala


Artwork by Evan Hawkins

Young Audiences of Western New York is pleased to announce “Collector’s Choice—an art auction,” featuring artwork on the block from the area’s leading private collectors and artists. An exciting live auction will offer everyone—from seasoned collectors to those who may be purchasing art for the first time—many opportunities to fall in love with a piece of art, bid, and take it home. All proceeds will benefit Young Audiences of Western New York, the region’s leading arts education provider. The event takes place Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 pm. It will be held at Tapestry Charter School.

Live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar are all part of the festivities. All are welcome to join Young Audiences in celebrating the arts through this opportunity to purchase a piece of art by local artists—many of whom will be in attendance. A number of the artists whose work will be included are represented in major public collections such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The event is chaired by Dan Hart, executive director of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, along with honorary chair Gerald Mead, art collector and Young Audiences teaching artist. “The highest compliment that you can pay an artist,” said Mead, “is to own, display and enjoy their artwork in your home every day.”

“Collecting is a totally personal pursuit,” said Hart, who is also on the Young Audiences board. “Someone might own one piece of art that they love, and be a collector, or a collector can be defined as someone who spends hours researching and acquiring multiple pieces; there is room for every level in between.”

Young Audiences presents this auction fundraiser in part as a way to connect artists and artworks with the public—a mission that it lives out every day, as it provides teaching artists of every genre (music, dance, theater, literature) who work extensively in schools, after-school venues, and community locations to engage children in creative learning through the arts.

Young Audiences executive director Cynnie Gaasch, also a freelance writer and artist herself, wrote in a 2006 Buffalo Spree magazine article about art collecting, “the important thing each collector stressed was that they just started buying, and making decisions about what they liked. You will quickly find that you get more enjoyment out of a favorite artwork than you would from a sofa or will find your life made fuller by the artwork you live with and look at each day."

- “World Class: Buffalo collectors are acquiring cutting-edge contemporary art,” Buffalo Spree, March 2006

That is the emphasis here—and everyone will find the opportunity to connect with art in some way. This special, one-time art auction supports Young Audiences of Western New York’s arts related programs. Now in its 50th year, Young Audiences is expanding to an ever-widening range of partners and venues, including schools, after-school programs, museums, and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The programs enhance young people’s lives through the arts, and are presented throughout the eight counties of Western New York. For more information and tickets.

Date of Event: 
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
Tapestry Charter School
65 Great Arrow Avenue
14216 Buffalo , NY
United States
New York US

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