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East Aurora motorcycle garage becomes art gallery

East Aurora will welcome a new temporary art space to its expanding constellation of galleries this weekend when a venue with the tantalizing name of Broken Sproket Garage mounts its first exhibition. The space at 660 Pearson St., a motorcycle repair shop by day, will host a one-night art event featuring work by Buffalo-based wheatpaste artist Christopher Galley from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Shop owner David Roberts wanted to use his space as the focus of an evening-long mini-festival for the first in what organizers hope will be series of annual exhibitions. The show, “Voodoo and Burnt Rubber,” will coincide with a cruise night in the garage’s parking lot. The night will be set to music by Buffalo rockabilly band Blue Ribbon Bastards, and the Whole Hog food truck will be dishing out food.

Galley, a SUNY Buffalo State grad and longtime art teacher in the West Seneca Central School district, often uses motorcycle-based imagery in his work. His art, according to a statement on his website, grows out of a lifelong fascination with the stunts of Evel Knievel and Steve McQueen films, among other low-brow and sometimes macabre influences.

The event is free, with proceeds from a raffle to benefit The Wounded Warrior Fund and Pets for Vets. More info is at 479-5177 or

Colin Dabkowski