Art Off The Wall returns for fifth year

Mia Summerson/staffGuests picked from nearly 390 different works of art, donated by more than 75 local artists at the 2018 Art Off The Wall. The event returns on Dec. 5.


NORTH TONAWANDA — The fifth annual Art Off The Wall exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda is taking place Thursday, Dec. 5. 

The event gives visitors a unique opportunity to purchase original 5-by-7 inch pieces of artwork. Local artists supporting the Carnegie Art Center have generously donated all works priced at $20 each for the event.

For a $10 donation fee at the door for Carnegie Art Center members and a $15 donation fee for non-members, patrons can attend the event from 6 to 9 p.m. while enjoying a complimentary drink and hors d'oeuvres. Or, pre-purchase a $20 FASTPASS online from the Carnegie website to reserve one of the first 1-50 purchasing forms, granting first selections of the numerous artworks. The FASTPASS can be purchased at

Attendees can become a new member of the Carnegie the night of the fundraising event and the fee at the door will be waived. All guests will have the benefit of previewing the artwork from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Selling starts promptly at 7 p.m.

During the event there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation of obtaining one's selection. The venue runs as a first come, first serve—hence, Art Off The Wall. Patrons walk away with their purchase that evening and also have an opportunity to have it framed on-site as Partners in Art Complex offers framing services at a reasonable cost. A portion of the framing proceeds is donated to the CAC.

Also, a fine art silent auction returns for its third year at the event. This year’s theme, 12 Buy 12, includes local and national award winning artists auctioning an original 12-by-12 inch stretched canvas with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Carnegie.

This year’s fine art silent auction artists include Sandra Bartz, Bruce A. Blair, Trisha Butski, Charlie Clough, Jack Edson, Patrick Foran, Peter Fowler, Geroge Gilham, Ani Hoover, Joan Horn, Candice Keegan Masters, Mary Kunz Goldman, Anne Muntges, Cindi O’Mara, Pat Pendleton, Brian Porter, J. Tim Raymond, Dana Saylor, Katie Sehr, Ellen Steinfeld, Chuck Tingley and Gary Wolfe.

What is Art Off The Wall all about?

In 2015, Art Off The Wall marked the re-opening of the Carnegie Art Center. This event benefits the local art community while raising funds for the Carnegie. A favored artwork displayed at the show could be the work of a college student or the work of an established WNY artist. Aspiring art collectors are given a rare opportunity to plunge into the purchase of their first “real” piece of art without breaking the bank. Established art collectors can test their palettes by learning if they have purchased their favorite artist or if they've “discovered” a new talent. $20 will buy you a sketch, watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage and other artist offerings. All proceeds benefit the Carnegie Art Center and help strengthen its mission to provide programs and events that promote the arts-at-large within the communities where we live, grow and thrive.

The Carnegie Art Center will also celebrate the 115th anniversary of their building being completed (Dec. 5, 1904) at Art Off the Wall with special treats and the launch of an online giving campaign.

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