Christopher Stangler earned his B.F.A from RIT and his M.F.A from UB. He has exhibited his environmentally based work at the Albright-Knox, Burchfield-Penney, Castellani Art Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, Kenan Center and the Anderson Gallery. He judged many exhibitions and festivals, such as Allentown Art Festival, Lewiston Art Festival, 100 American Craftsman and the National NFWS Exhibition. He has won Best in Show at Allentown, Chautauqua, and Lewiston, Master Craftsman at 100 American Craftsman, and First Place at Boston Mills. He is a past president of the Buffalo Society of Artists, former Director of the Niagara County Community College Art Gallery and Co-Founder of the Market Street Gallery in Lockport. In 2010, Christopher opened Stangler Fine Arts in Orchard Park with his wife Ilania.
Ilania Stangler earned her B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.F.A. from SUNY Buffalo. Stangler also studied Painting at Glasgow School of Art. Ilania has won Best in Show in Corning, First Place at Allentown and Syracuse Art Festivals, Judge’s Choice at Clothesline, Virginia Beach Art Festival, Mt. Gretna Artfest, Lewiston, and Cainpark in Cleveland . Ilania was the Co-Founder of Market Street Gallery in Lockport. Currently, she is the Gallery Director and teaches Drawing at Niagara County Community College. Ilania also teaches Painting and Drawing at D’Youville College. In 2010, Ilania opened Stangler Fine Arts in Orchard Park with her husband Christopher.
Donna Sturges is an artist who creates one of a kind enameled jewelry and accessory pieces. She has been an important part of Buffalo’s creative scene for over twenty years. Donna is co-founder of The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts and was on the Artist Market Committee for over ten years. Donna’s work can be found at Wild Things on Lexington Avenue, in our festival this year and in galleries and retail shops around the country. We are happy to have her back.