Hallwalls "Artist and Models" Affair

May 22, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2013 at 5:19 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Hallwalls "Artist and Models" Affair

May 22, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2013 at 5:19 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) It was a night to celebrate "Artists & Models: Rapture/Rupture" with interactive art, dance music, live performances and all-out fun in the euphoric style for which night has become legend for.

This is the 27th "Artists and Models" event to benefit Hallwalls, the long established center for contemporary art in Buffalo.

The party of the year unfolded at the Rock Harbor Yard and Commons on Tonawanda Street in Buffalo where the 198 and Niagara Street meet.

This was a journey to the exquisite, the ecstatic and the unrestrained, possibly to the point of implosion — and all with a celebratory air as more than thirty artists and performers interpreted the theme and invited us into their revelry.

Buffalo's longest-running and most outrageously fun arts party — was set in the giant creek side warehouse at Rock Harbor Yard — Artists & Models: Rapture/Rupture was an opportunity for everyone to enjoy as barriers between artists, models and audiences exploded, leading to a frenzy of creativity and all-out surprise.

Buffalo's nationally syndicated television movie show, "Off Beat Cinema" ( that airs Saturday night at 2am on WKBW-TV Channel 7 ) was a proud co-sponsor of the Hallwalls event. "Off Beat Cinema" cast member Tony Billoni ( "Bird" on the show ) is the founder and creator of the "Artists and Models" event, staging the first one 27 years ago.

The Hallwalls web site describes the mission of the organization:

A. To provide a center for contemporary art.

B. To recognize and serve a vital community artistic presence which is global in its outlook, challenging in its ideas, pluralistic in its concerns, and diverse in its expression. Hallwalls' twofold mission is to serve artists by supporting the creation and presentation of new work in the visual, media, performing, and literary arts, and to serve the public by making these works available to audiences. We are dedicated in particular to work by artists which challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the various art forms, and which is critically engaged with current issues in the arts and--through the arts--in society.

Finally, we believe that the right of freedom of expression for artists, and for free access to their works by interested individuals, must be protected as a fundamental and necessary condition of our mission.