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Letter: Money raised at art show goes back to community

Money raised at art show goes back to community

In response to the recent My View column by a local artist, the Allentown Art Festival is produced by the Allentown Village Society (AVS). We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit group.

The festival is a free event for the public to enjoy. Many of our artists are Western New Yorkers who appreciate the opportunity to showcase their talents and sell their works. The fee for a booth for the weekend is $275. This price is among the lowest in the country for art shows. We do this so that artists are able to apply and to afford a booth.

We are a juried art show. Artists are chosen by a panel of local artists and art professors. The panel of judges changes yearly. Prizes are awarded to artists who submit a piece to be considered for a prize. All artists are encouraged to participate in the prize competition. Winning artists are chosen by the panel of local artists.

Many of our artists happily report that they are quite successful at the show and not only cover their expenses, but make a profit as well.

The money raised by the show, after covering operating costs, goes directly back into the Buffalo art community. The AVS funds children’s art programs at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes, the New York State Summer School for the Arts, the Buffalo Philharmonic Children’s Music program and others. Over the years, the AVS has awarded more than $300,000 in college scholarships to Erie County students who major in art.

I encourage the writer to participate so that she may experience this wonderful celebration of the arts in Buffalo.

Rita Harrington-Lippman

President, Allentown Village Society

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