The Allentown Art Festival takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, NY. Tens of Thousands art patrons visit the Festival to enjoy the beauty of Buffalo's weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by the over 400 juried exhibitors.
Since its modest beginnings as a small art show in 1958, the Allentown has become not only Buffalo's urban rite, but a symbol for the enduring character of this re-emerging rustbelt region. It has earned an important place in Buffalo's cultural and social life and a national reputation for excellence.
The Allentown Art Festival is especially remarkable, having persevered and prospered for over 40 years largely due to the members of the Allentown Village Society, Inc., whose active number of unpaid volunteers has seldom grown beyond 30. Their labors have borne fruit beyond the annual Allentown Art Festival weekend and beyond the boundaries of the Allentown neighborhood of Buffalo.
Buffalo Public School Students, a Part of the Festival
The Buffalo Public Schools Art Education Department is pleased to announce the sponsorship of five awards totaling $5,000.00 through the Allentown Village Society, Inc. (AVS). Five awards have been granted to schools whose art teachers have developed and submitted exemplary and unique art lessons. Each teacher will be awarded $1,000.00 which will be used for art materials that specifically help in the successful implementation of each teacher's proposed art lesson.
The grant winners include:
Kerry Chiodo, proposal titled, "Mandela Umbrellas— Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts #192
Elizabeth Spiro-Carman, proposal titled, "Zuni Fetishes: Relationships Between Native Americans and Nature in the Southwestern United States- B.E.S.T. #6
Ann Curthoys, proposal titled, "Watts Happening? Recycled Materials Become Public Art" - Waterfront Elementary #95
Doreen Juszkiewicz, proposal titled, "Home 'Tweet" Home: Architectural Discoveries Through the Creation of Birdhouses" - Waterfront Elementary #95
Allison Davis, proposal titled, "Piecing Together History and Culture: Faith Ringgold Quilts"- International School #45"
2011 Allentown Art Festival Prize Winners
Best of Show for "Louis Cherenzia" George Carrigan
Purchase Award Patricia Cancilla
Painting Realistic 1st Place "Miriam K. Notaro" Painting-Realistic Award 1st Place Arlen Whitey 2nd Place Phillip Singer 3rd Place Stephen Ray Honorable Mention Thomas Paul Asklar
Abstract 1st Place Sponsored by Pepsi Cola Bottling Group Buffalo 1st Place Erik Laffer 2nd Place Ilania Stangler 3rd Place Sandra Dennison Honorable Mention Daniel Predmore
Realistic 1st Place "Madeline Benson" Watercolor-Realistic Award 1st Place Lu Fuller 2nd Place Michael McMahon 3rd Place Yenfen Huang Honorable Mention Thomas Baldwin
Abstract 1st Place Joan Hambleton 2nd Place Lorna Berlin 3rd Place Linda Lucas Honorable Mention Robert Gregg
Drawing / Graphics 1st Place Carol E. Maltby 2nd Place Rose-Ann Martin 3rd Place James Skvarch Honorable Mention Elizabeth Andrews
Sculpture 1st "Joseph and Ruth Bolinsky" Award 1st Place Teresa Testa 2nd Place Roland Paronish 3rd Place Suzanne Molnar Goad Honorable Mention Connie Lavelle
Photography 1st Place "Dr. Joseph and Dorothy Manch" Photography Award 1st Place John Deng 2nd Place David Maynard 3rd Place Kevin Schoonover Honorable Mention David Stern
Mixed Media 1st Place "Shirley French" Mixed Media Award 1st Place Christopher Stangler 2nd Place Bob Stern 3rd Place Diane Kaylor Honorable Mention David Manny
Clay 1st Place "Harold and Sylvia Goldstein" Clay Award 1st Place Tim See 2nd Place Peter Jones 3rd Place Sumiyo Roland Honorable Mention Paul Molesky
Jewelry 1st Place Tom Chavane 2nd Place MuMin Jacobsen 3rd Place Robin Yates Honorable Mention ---
Glass / Acrylic 1st Place Elijiah Smith 2nd Place Philip Austin 3rd Place Gabriel Cole Honorable Mention Susan Lichtenthal
Creative Crafts Hard 1st Place Howard Miller 2nd Place Linda Tong 3rd Place David Barclay Honorable Mention Eric Arcese
Creative Crafts Soft 1st Place Sue Lances 2nd Place Richard Thompson 3rd Place Sharon Bottle Souva Honorable Mention Christopher Stangler
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