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Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, known for its inclusive and unique art programming, is hosting its sweetest opening reception yet, in the form of Candy Land, its Summer Exhibit, Friday, July 29th, from 6-9 PM at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, 340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202. The event will showcase original artwork by the gallery’s 42 artists, including a soft-sculpture colossal squid available for photo ops, hand-crafted pins, and everything in between.

According to Jen Ryan, program assistant at the gallery, there will be artwork in various mediums, including drawings, paintings, fiber art, clay sculpture, large and small soft sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, and functional pieces. A poetry reading will take place in the gallery’s library from 7-7:30 PM.

“It’s a nice chance for the studio to showcase what we are,” said Ryan, “The exhibit will show all the ways these artists have pushed themselves.”

“Last it was discussed, there will be photo ops for posing with the squid, so people can look like they’re getting wrapped up in it, “said Carrie Marcotte, Starlight’s program director, “Some of the fiber work includes rich, lush embroideries and soft cloth and yarn vessels. There is also a menagerie of animals that Debi Wicks has recently created, including a zebra, an elephant, a monkey. John Montedoro has created some large mixed media paintings on canvas as has Mathew Sharp.”

The Candy Land title is fitting when you see the vibrant color palette that many of the artists use, which reminds Marcotte “of a warm summer day. The colors are like candy in that picture. It’s bright and sweet.”

West Side Bazaar’s food cart will be on the street out front, offering cuisine from six different vendors in the Bazaar, including Chinese, Thai, and Ethiopian. Original artwork and a new line note cards featuring images of bikes will be available for sale. Proceeds from the notecards benefit both the Starlight Gallery and GoBike Buffalo. The Fieldhands, featuring the sweet songstress, Kathy Moriarty will be playing a couple sets starting at 6pm. You can find more information about this folk band on their Facebook page, TheFieldhandsBuffalo.

The 29th is also the last date to purchase artwork from the gallery’s “Save the Elephants” exhibit, which benefits The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on-view from July 29th through August 12th. . Full listing of up-coming events here:

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery 2016 Main Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd 2016 Artists: ADRIAN BERTOLONE & DENTON CRAWFORD with: Ron Steele, Jeremy Pratt, & Saeed Dubaishi On-View: 8/15/16- 9/23/15 Opening Reception: Friday, October 7th 2016 Artist: Starlight Artist MATHEW SHARP On-View: 9/26/16- 11/11/16 Holiday Open House: Saturday, December 3rd 2016 Artist: STARLIGHT STUDIO ARTISTS On-View: 11/28/16- 12/30/16

Artwork by Eric Johnson used for the postcard for "Candy Land"

Colorful piece by Jeremy Pratt

Andy Calderon's oil pastel drawing

Detail of John Montedoro's Large Painting

Kimber Rodger's ceramic sculpture

Judy with Chace Lobley's Colossal Squid!

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