Start December with an Art Party!

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – Kick off your holiday season with a fun art party! Saturday evening, December 3rd is the Cattaraugus County Art Council’s annual fundraiser, the 5×7 Art for Everyone Exhibition and Sale. The public is invited to this lively art party where ticket holders will vie for their favorite artworks among hundreds of donated 5″x7” pieces adorning the gallery wall, as well as a festive holiday tree or two loaded with hand-made ornaments.

At the 2015 event, guests deciding which pieces they want before the race begins!

At the 2015 event, guests deciding which pieces they want before the race begins!

There are two ticket prices for this event. For $15 per person general admission, guests will enjoy happy hour beverages and appetizers while browsing the artwork before staking their claim(s). Only fifteen first-pick tickets will be sold at $30 each. These ticket holders get to choose one artwork before the sale opens to everyone else. Increasing the suspense, a few selections on the gallery wall remain wrapped and off-limits during the first-pick round. Then we all get to see what is revealed when these choices get unwrapped.

Professional and amateur artists alike donate these artworks anonymously and all are sold for the uniform price of $25. You could get a Mikel Wintermantel, a Barbara Fox, or a Jennifer Miller! Paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, fiber and jewelry can all be had at this fun holiday event. Support the arts and get some holiday gifts at the same time!

Longtime sponsor of the 5X7 event, Paula Derwick of Fox Financial, says, “I support CCAC because of their programs and support for artists, as well as wannabe artists. Everyone is so open and encouraging. CCAC is a jewel in our community and I feel honored to be able to support its programs.”

Art collectors are encouraged to buy their first-pick tickets early as only 15 will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at CCAC, 100 West Main Street, Allegany, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, by phone at (716) 372-7455, and online at

This annual fundraiser helps CCAC finish the year strong so we can continue to provide classes, workshops and other programming that makes this beautiful place we call home an even better place — a place where people want to live, work, and raise their families.