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SEAWNY Announces New Partnership with Williamsville Art Society

by Craig Turner
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 02:00 pm

The Small Enterprise Alliance of Western New York (SEAWNY) and the Williamsville Art Society (WAS) today presented a new matchmaking program, SEA the Art, enabling local artists to display their work in small businesses throughout Western New York.

"For a small business, when you're constantly trying to keep costs down, the price for decorating your office can be overwhelming, as you can spend thousands of dollars to display art in your office," said Damon Piatek, chairman of SEAWNY and president and CEO of Welke Customs Brokers USA. "Restaurants and coffee shops for a long time have had great relationships with artists, exchanging rotating d├ęcor for their facilities for wall space. Through this new collaboration, which I'm very excited about, small businesses of all shapes and sizes can be paired with artists looking for exposure."

The SEA the Art program will link SEAWNY member small businesses with the association's member artists for the benefit of both. Participating artists can take advantage of the small businesses' wall space and foot traffic, and the businesses will be able to not only create an attractive environment, but at the same time show their support for local artists.

"Nothing prides an artist more than to be able to display their work within their own community," said Cathy Eckman, Williamsville Art Society president. "This alliance with SEAWNY will not only provide the space for our artists to do so, but will heighten awareness to the artistic talents we have in this area. We are excited."

As part of this innovative collaboration, the two organizations will kick off the program with a SEA the Art Show on October 19, 4:00-7:00 p.m., hosted by Welke Customs Brokers USA, 36 Delaware Street in the City of Tonawanda. Small business owners will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy work from participating WAS artists, and network over good food and drinks. 

For further information on the SEA the Art program, visit www.seawny.org/SEAtheArt