Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.


A Midsummer Night's Draw: Drawing Rally & Silent Auction

Asbury Hall in Babeville

drawing by Bobby Griffiths
Since February 2012, 396 drawings have been created by artists within a live, 45-minute time span as part of Hallwalls' twice-yearly drawing rally events, A Mid Winter's Draw and A Midsummer Night's Draw. Participating artists have been invited by the visual arts curator and any drawing rally event illustrates a broad panoply of styles and approaches from artists across Western New York.

These special events are organized for the maximum satisfaction of the art-curious and art-buying public, who can attend and watch a work spring to life upon a blank sheet of archival paper. Some of the audience comes merely to watch the exciting proceedings as 36 artists draw across two rounds of drawing. Others come to not only watch, but to bid on work and leave with a fresh addition to their collection.

Drawings are bid upon following each drawing round in a 30 minute silent auction, with opening bids beginning at $39.

Some drawings draw furious bidding and may sell for a few hundred dollars, but the final bid amounts for all our drawing rallies indicates that it is not at all impossible to procure a work for $150 or $75 or even for the opening bid of $39, should you be the only person whose fancy was captured by a particular piece. From a diverse range of artists drawing with diverse media, you have 36 opportunities to encounter the drawing of your dreams.

This is a timed event. Projected timers on the stage will always tell you how long remains in a drawing round AND how long remains in a bidding round.

7:15 to 8:00pm—first round of drawing
8:15 to 9:00pm—second round of drawing

Each drawing rally includes both artists who have participated previously AND a portion of brand new participants.

No themes are indicated and artists may draw whatever they like.

For Summer 2017, the following artists will be participating and producing brand new work that may just end up in YOUR personal collection:

Bruce Adams • Kathie Aspaas • Adrian Bertolone • Bradley Butler • Tricia Butski • Nancy Treherne Craig • Denton Crawford • Shane Durgee • El Yames • Patrick Foran • Fotini Galanes • Bobby Griffiths • Michael Hanna • Cody Hughes • Terri Katz Kasimov • Pat Kewley • Iris Kirkwood • Elizabeth Larrabee • Sarah Liddell • Rosemary Lyons • Pedro Manuel • Candace Keegan Masters • Ruby Merritt • MJ Myers • Esther Neisen • Cassandra Ott • Alicia Paolucci • Lin Price • Katherine Sehr • Rachel Shelton • Mizin Shin • Mark Snyder • Allen C. Topolski • Edreys Wajed • Mike West • Patrick Willett

t: 716-854-1694
f: 716-854-1696

Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Nov. 10, 2017
through Dec. 22, 2017

Laylah Ali
Paintings and Drawings

Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.