CEPA’s biennial auction—always a cut above
By Elizabeth Licata

By Alice O'Malley; all images courtesy of CEPA Gallery.

By Julian Montague.
By Patrick Nagatani.
It has been almost sixteen years since I first attended a CEPA art auction; it was an exciting, glamorous event then, and none of its brilliance has dimmed over the years. Wisely maintaining this as a biennial event, the gallery continues to get top-notch examples of work by such internationally known artists as Cindy Sherman, Ellen Carey, and William Wegman, as well as equally stellar submissions by well-established artists who happen to be locally based, including John Pfahl, Julian Montague, Joseph Piccillo, and Milton Rogovin.

And that is the key—the work never goes downhill. It is always a great selection, and always includes more affordable small pieces for those who just want to walk away with something, even if they can’t spend a lot.

Consistency is the key to success with how the event is run as well. For most years, the auctioneer has been Dale W. Stulz, a brisk, efficient, and entertaining auctioneer who knows fine art photography better than most. Stultz is back this year, along with a lavish spread of hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and a general atmosphere of classy fun.

CEPA’s 10th Biennial Photography Art Auction is Saturday, April 24, at the Market Arcade, 617 Main Street. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., with the live event at 7 p.m. The works to be auctioned are on view at CEPA starting April 3. Visit to buy tickets and get more information on the artists and works.

By David Levinthal (left) and Martin Kruck (right).

Elizabeth Licata is editor-in-chief of Buffalo Spree.


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