Buffalo, NY – ArtReach WNY, comprised of Karen Eckert, Maria Pabico LaRotonda, Beth Smith and Emily Tucker, are back again for the second installment of what they aim to be two annual events helping out local organizations. Their first inaugural event, “No Bigger Than a Pie Box,” successfully ran on July 13th in the Atrium at 500 Seneca, benefiting Planned Parenthood, WNY Pride Center, and the YWCA as well as the participating artists. Their second event, “Sugatory: Sweetening Our Existence” will take place this November 2nd in the Atrium at 500 Seneca.
“Sugatory” is a nod to the fact that November 2nd is All Souls Day. “We wanted to focus on the concept that we are all together and all unified for a common goal with the play on All Souls,” Beth Smith explains, “so November 2nd was a perfect fit.” Yet, the fact that the four women still feel stuck, mired in a current political and social unrest in our country, left them with the feeling of being trapped, wondering what could be done. “We felt like we were almost in a state of purgatory, watching events happening on the political spectrum and feeling personally weighed down with the chaos.” Maria stated. Playing with the Sugar Skulls and Purgatory theme: Sugatory was born.
“Sugatory” will be a three hour event with an art auction, bingo, and a live Exquisite Corpse style drawing. This live drawing will have a group of four artists working together on one master drawing, each taking two passes at the work all the while being unable to see what the other artists are contributing. The final unique and collaborative work will be raffled off at the end of the night. In addition to the Exquisite Corpse drawing, 25 established local artists will use three dimensional models of sugar skulls as a blank canvas to create on. Guests will be able to bid on these sculptures via silent auction during the event. Each of the artists creating a sculpture will receive 50% of the sale price of their work while the remaining 50%, as well as the proceeds from the raffle drawing and ticket purchases after expenses, will be split amongst three local organizations involved in this event: Crisis Services of Buffalo, the Buffalo Center for Art & Technology (BCAT), and local animal shelter, Hamburg Mutts for Freedom. Each of these organizations are personally and professionally meaningful to the founders of ArtReachWNY, as well as vital support centers in our community.
“While we all agreed we felt ‘stuck’,” Emily Tucker explains, “we knew that our mission was to enhance the quality of life for our community.” Enhancing, or sweetening our existence was a natural extension of the “Sugatory” theme. ArtReach WNY’s continued mission is “to focus on what we can change and how we can make a difference then throw our energy into it” Karen states.
“Sugatory: Sweetening our existence” will be held inside The Atrium of 500 Seneca Street on Thursday November 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event will feature wine, beer, Tommy Rotter tastings, and heavy Mexican style appetizers, while guests enjoy the silent auction, Bingo, and live Exquisite Corpse event. Each of the charities benefiting from this event will have information on hand to share about their services. Pre-sale tickets are $40 and tickets purchased the day of or at the door are $50. Tickets will be limited so please purchase your tickets early!
More information about the event is available on ArtReach’s event page ArtReach and on our website, www.artreachwny.com.