In the wake of the 2016 election of Donald Trump, four feminists engrained in the art world of Buffalo came together with an idea.  Karen Eckert, Maria Pabico LaRotonda, Beth Smith and Emily Tucker found themselves together at an art opening at LaRotonda’s gallery on Hertel Avenue.  “We were all feeling very stressed about the future of our country,” says Tucker.  “We all felt like we needed to do something.”

Each of the four women are already heavily involved in the art scene of Buffalo.  Tucker and LaRotonda own commercial art galleries (Benjaman Gallery and Revolution Gallery respectively) and Eckert runs the custom art commission and online gallery, Collect Art.  In addition, Smith and Tucker serve together on the board of the alternative art space Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center.  “As we talked about our various skill sets and passions, our mission became clear,” explains Eckert, “We could use our creativity and connections to raise money for organizations that are in jeopardy under the new administration.” After a few more meetings, ArtReach was formed, a mission statement crafted, and a slate of events conceived.

Remember, the Constitution doesn’t begin with, ‘I, the president.’ It begins with, ‘We, the people.’

– Gloria Steinem
American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist

“SUGATORY: Sweetening Our Existence”

ArtReach of WNY is holding their 2nd fundraising event this time for Crisis Services, Hamburg Mutts for Freedom, and Buffalo Center for Art and Technology. Sugatory will be a nod to All Soul’s Day, the sense of being “stuck,” or in purgatory, with our current political climate, and the neccessity of sweetening our world, community, and homes with fine art.

This event will feature a live Equisite Corpse drawing, food and drinks, and an art auction of 25+ adorned, embellished, and painted skull sculptues by local artists.

This event is expected to sell out and tickets will be limited due to food and beverage restrictions so please purchase tickets early! All proceeds go to supporting the artists and to the charities that we are working with.

Purchase Tickets for the Event Here