Artists Invited To Donate Works On Wood

Allegany NY — The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) announces Works on Wood, a collaborative fundraiser between CCAC and Allegany State Park in which artists will transform camp signs, picnic baskets, camp stools or walking sticks into works of art.

These items can be easily crafted or obtained, or even found at garage sales, estate sales, antique stores and in your own attic. All items will be on display over the summer at Allegany State Park and will be auctioned at the Full Moon Family Beach Party on August 9, a free event for the entire family. Proceeds will support free arts programming at the park during the summer months for campers and regional residents.

Artists interested in transforming a camp sign, picnic basket, campstool or walking stick into a work of art should register with Heidi or Cassie at Allegany State Park by calling (716) 354-9101 by May 7. All finished pieces must be delivered no later than June 7 to the park.

Works on Wood marks the third artistic fundraiser in recent years. In 2009, Adirondack chairs were built and transformed into works of art. The auction in 2011 featured birdhouses.

Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of CCAC, said that the auctions are a wonderful way to celebrate the arts and nature.

“The themes of these collaborative projects with Allegany State park have played on the transformative power of both art and nature. We hold the auctions at the Full Moon Family Beach Party, one of the most family-friendly evenings this region offers, and all monies raised go to support very well attended and appreciated art classes in the park every summer,” she explained.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 15 years. For more information on CCAC please visit

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