Allentown Art Festival concludes 57th year

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Many streets in downtown Buffalo were filled with artwork this weekend at the Allentown Art Festival.
It’s been a staple in Buffalo for 57 years.

It started out as a small art show, now it’s one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation.

This year 370 vendors participated. Many of them came from all over the country.

Kenneth Aunchman came from Atlanta, Georgia. He creates oil paintings. For the past 30 years he’s been displaying his art at this festival. “This show I love its quality and the staff is really wonderful with us and also the merchants in the area. We have a good response from everybody in the area, that’s why we enjoy coming up here” said Aunchman.

Donna Paveljack is a local vendor from Buffalo. She takes bowling balls and works meticulously for 12 hours to create one piece of stain glass art.

“I draw the pattern on the ball and then I take sheets of stain glass, cut out the patterns, grind them and glue them” said Paveljack.

The unique pieces of artwork intrigue many people to come back each year.

“It gives you a whole day of something to do where you feel like you’re traveling around the world” said Ray Bernisky of Dunkirk.

“We do this every year. It’s a big family event for us and its one of the things that we like doing together and we love the art” said Lynne Thornton of Orchard Park.

The Allentown Art Festival is also about giving back. Every year they provide more than $25,000 dollars in scholarships to local art students.

The festival ended Sunday evening, but many have already marked their calendar for when it will return next year.

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