Sometimes art can be found in quite unexpected places. During the holidays, we tend to come across a wide range of artwork in the holiday markets. Art is also present during many gallery openings. Or it can be found in places like Agatha’s – a relatively obscure art studio shared by Kyla Kegler, Hayley Carrow, Avye Alexandres, and Joel Brendan.
Agatha’s is located in the chapel of the former Sainte-Agathe Catholic school. Interestingly enough, two of the original confessionals (The cabins) were converted into mini art galleries, curated by Kyla Kegler.
On Sunday December 12, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Agatha’s will be hosting a Holiday Art Sale, featuring works by artists such as Becky Brown, Bill Santen, DJ Carr, Julia Dzwonkoski + Laura Marris, Juliet Bice, Kevin Kegler , Kyla Kegler, Matt Kenyon, Mariah Kegler, Maximilian Goldfarb, Nando Alvarez-Perez and Rich Kegler.
Obviously, this art sale is unlike any other, due to the nature of the artists and their mediums, as well as the unusual location itself.
The inaugural exhibition: “Confessional” featuring Nando Alvarez-Perez in booth one and Hadar Kleiman in booth two will be visible during the holiday art sale!
“Showcasing large and small, cheap and expensive, new and old, flat and dimensional, electronic and analog artwork for sale to make this holiday gift experience a little bit brighter for everyone.” – that of Agatha
Besides the art, the music will be provided by Lisa Brown aka DJ Kid Sister. Customers can also expect cutting edge gift-wrapping services, as well as seasonal treats and drinks served by Emily Reynolds.
Saint Agatha of Sicily (vs.231 – 251 AD) – a Christian Saint – is the patron saint of breast cancer patients, martyrs, nurses, bell founders and bakers, and is invoked against fires, earthquakes and eruptions on Mount Etna.
As if that weren’t enough, all proceeds from wrapping gifts and refreshments will go to Justice For Migrant Families of WNY.
Agatha’s Holiday Art Sale
65 Abbott Road, Buffalo NY 14220
Park on the lot on Abbott Road or Good Street (enter Good Street)
Masks please …
Stand 1 ~
Nando Alvarez-Perez is an artist and educator based in Buffalo, NY. His practice extends to his work as the founding director of the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art – a nonprofit arts and education organization with a mission to model the ways in which culture can support communities through focused and practical engagements with contemporary art – and as editor of Cornelia Magazine, a visual art journal published three times a year for the Western New York and Southern region. Ontario.
His work asks questions about the boundaries between the personal and the political, about the discrepancies between history and biography, and about the relationship between memory, meaning and place.
Stand 2 ~
Hadar Kleiman is an Israeli artist based in New York City.
She obtained her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2013 and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015.
She has participated in various art shows and fairs including UNTITLED San Francisco, stArtup fair and Spring / Break NY. Her work has been featured in Momus, KQED and Dissolve Magazine.
Kleiman works with a variety of mediums and materials including terrazzo, ceramics and wood, creating diorama-type installations and sculptures. Her work explores the aesthetics of the top and bottom in consumer culture, symbolism and the new ageism.
The tradition of making pastries shaped for the feast of Saint Agatha, such as Agatha bread or rolls, or what is called Minne di Sant’Agata (“Breasts of Saint Agatha”) or Minni di Virgini (“Breasts of the Virgin”), is found in many countries.