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Starlight Studio and Art Galleries celebrates 15th anniversary, holds silent auction

For 15 years, Starlight has been sharing the work of local artists and supporting adult artists with disabilities as they grow in their work.
A man works on his art at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery in Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Driving in downtown Buffalo on Delaware Avenue, you might notice a rather colorful and creative looking storefront that stands out from the others. 

That's Starlight Studio and Art Galleries

For 15 years, Starlight has been sharing the work of local artists and supporting adult artists with disabilities as they grow in their work.

In August, Starlight will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and offering individuals the chance to buy the work of 19 different artists.

Twenty different works created for the "Co-Artifact" show will be auctioned off, in addition to artists' original artworks and memorabilia of the gallery. Proceeds from the event will go toward Starlight.

Credit: Tommy Gallagher/WGRZ
Fresh paint went up during the Allentown Art Festival in 2019.

The virtual silent auction will take place from 4 p.m. on Thursday until 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. The auction will happen on the online platform 32Auctions. You can click here to view the Facebook event.

The 20 works created for the show were first started by a member of Starlight Studios, and then given to another local artist to be completed. 

“I will miss seeing the wonder and delight on people’s faces as they walk through the Exhibition and witness truly surprising collaborations between a Starlight artist and a community artist. I am pleased that we can still pull together this event for all to enjoy and support—the generosity of the Starlight artists and community artists is overwhelming," said Starlight Program Director Carrie Marcotte. 

According to the Facebook page for the event, 2020 Co-Artifact collaborations include Andy Calderon & Edreys Wajed, Eric Johnson & Bobby Griffiths, John Budney & Chuck Tingley, John Budney & Ani Hoover, John Budney & Meg McCuen, Chace Lobley & Billy Huggins, Kimber Rodgers & Kyla Kegler, Kimber Rodgers & Billy Huggins, Matthew Sharp & Taylor Heald, Mary Schneider & Alicia Malik, Mary Schneider & Barbara Hart, and Jocelyn Triggle & Monica Angle. 

Credit: Startlight Studio
Collaborated work by Edreys Wajed and Andy Calderon