First-pick ticket holders prepare to choose their 5” x 7” pieces at last year’s event.
First-pick ticket holders prepare to choose their 5” x 7” pieces at last year’s event.

Art Party Kicks Off Dec. 6 in Allegany

The fourth annual 5×7 Art for Everyone Exhibition and Sale, produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) with generous support by our business sponsor, Fox Financial, will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 6. The art party starts at 6 p.m. at CCAC’s studio at 100 Main St. in Allegany.

The evening is a lively affair with buyers vying for their favorite pieces — but we can’t do it without your generous donations of artwork!

If you are an artists, artisan, student, citizen arts supporter, politician or and local notable, we invite you to donate an original 5” x 7” piece of art, each of which will be sold for $25 in this fundraiser to benefit CCAC programs.

A few requirements do apply. The artwork must be ready to hang as a 5”X 7” piece. Most media are acceptable — drawings, paintings, photographs, textiles, metal work, ceramic tiles — as long as they are lightweight, ready to hang and un-framed. You can even submit jewelry if it is mounted on a 5” x 7” foam core backing. Mats can be used, but the final piece must be 5” x 7” overall.

Please only sign the back of the piece. The artist is meant to remain anonymous until after the purchase is complete.  However, artists’ names will be used in the promotion of the event and buyers will receive the artists’ contact information with their purchase.

During this spirited “competition” to get just the piece you’ve been eyeing all night, value and name recognition are leveled in this sale, while fun and suspense are increased. One by one, 30 first-pick ticket holders ($50 per person) get dibs on up to five pieces. Just wait how jealous your friends will be when you go home with the most sought after pieces of the night! After the first-pick ticket holders have chosen, the rest of the partygoers get their chance to purchase any of the remaining artwork for just $25 each. Any remaining pieces at the end of the night will be sold at Art on Main through the holiday season.

5×7 Art for Everyone Exhibition and Sale is a great party mingling the heady feeling of a win with happy hour refreshments and catered hors d’oeuvres.

Please consider donating as many pieces as you can (most artists donate 5-10+ annually).

For details click on the Events page of the CCAC website at for more details and to register, or email

Register your intent to donate by Saturday, Nov. 29 and deliver or mail artwork to CCAC by Tuesday, Dec. 2.