Upcoming Events


Illustrations by Hetta Gardner
Curated by Rebecca Wing and John Massier
Opening Thursday August 2nd 6-9PM | INVITE
On View: August 2nd-18th
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

Hetta Gardner is an artist from Buffalo, New York. She is fourteen and is in the ninth grade at City Honors School. Her first art exhibition was in 2017 at Rust Belt Books. Her work was also included in the 2018 Hallwalls Members Exhibition. Hetta received the Celebrating Art! award presented by Buffalo Public Schools in 2017.

Hetta Gardner draws primarily in graphite. She illustrates human figures which often feature self portraits. Warped versions of the face and body are common in her work. Each drawing represents an emotion or feeling and its outward appearance on the human form.

Artwork of Esther Lan
Opening: August 23rd, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view: August 23- September 8
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

Esther Lan is an artist from Buffalo, NY. She is 14 years old and a current freshman at City Honors School. Esther has been drawing since she was very young, and had her first show with her twin sister, Hetta, at Rust Belt Books in May of 2017. Her work has been displayed on the cover of The Public in May 2017, as well as the centerfold in July 2018. She was awarded 1st place for her political cartoon by The Buffalo News in 2017. Esther also won a Celebrating Art! Award from Buffalo Public Schools in May 2017.

Esther Lan works in graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic paint with a focus on portraiture as her subject matter. Her graphite drawings are a mix of photo realism and abstraction. Esther’s acrylic painting series features strange portraits of people with unusual features, colorful skin, and drastic makeup. Her colored pencil works are photorealistic and range in size. They include a number of self portraits, renderings of famous celebrities, and other imagined figures.

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Mon 8/13 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5-$10 dollars suggested donation | Raycats (Bflo alt punk), Space Cowboys (Bflo alt punk), Muddle (Hamburg alt punk)

Tues 8/14 6:30-10PM | MUSIC | $10 | “NIGHT LIGHTS” Buffalo hip hop & rap feat: D. Money, Jiggy Jay, King Loot, AP, IMYOUNGWORLD, Freak The Mighty, Goodneighborsclub, Space Bound, Kid Kev, Mo Lotto, Play Nice

Thurs 8/16 6-10PM | MUSIC | $7 presale, $10 day of show | INVITE City In The Clouds (Float-Pop/Alternative Rock from Brooklyn, NY), The Filthy Casuals (Ska/Skawesome from Erie, PA), Groton Ave (Cosmic Ska from Cortland, NY), Astrabula (Indie/Emo Acoustic from Buffalo, NY)

Fri 8/17 5:30-7:30pm | GALLERY HOURS | INVITE Illustrations by Hetta Gardner

Sat 8/18 10AM-5PM | FLEA MARKET | FREE | INVITE Come down to Sugar City on August 18th 2018 and visit a huge flea market full of odds and ends, art, music, clothes, toys, crafts, jewelry, magic cards, used chewing gum, old greasy combs, car parts, human bones, pretty much anything you can imagine! All for SALE! Get yer shop on!

Sat 8/18 7-11PM | MUSIC | $7 | The Sans (Buffalo, NY, alternative experimental), Darth Nater (Buffalo, NY, indie rock), Groton Ave (Buffalo, NY, alternative rock), Skulking Ghost (alt indie Fredonia)

Tues 8/21 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Queer Kevin (ohio shoegayze), Dump Him (northampton queercore), Kay Stuitje (Buffalo slow ambient), Honey Coma (Buffalo slow emo)

Thurs 8/23 6-9PM | ART OPENING | FREE | INVITE Works by Esther Lan

Fri 8/24 5:30-7:30PM | GALLERY HOURS | FREE | INVITE Works by Esther Lan

Sat 8/25 8-11PM | FOOD PANTRY FUNDRAISER | Donation Grocery Gift Card or Cash to purchase gift cards | INVITE Performers TBA A fundraiser to help stock an up and coming food pantry, being created to help an underserved population of WNY. The fantastic woman, the director of the WNY Resistance Revival Chorus, Drea DNur is working to get it established and needs some help, so we’re going to show her some love. Bring it, Buffalo! ❤️ This event will be an evening of family friendly performances and entertainment, in one of our favorite all ages / alcohol free / drug free community spaces, hosted by the magical Miss Figgy Pudding, and produced by Destiny 716 and friends.


From Your Collection
Opening Thursday August 24th, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view until Sunday September 17th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 5:30 to 7:30pm, during all events, and by appointment.

Sugar City is proud to present the third round of our collaborative group exhibition featuring works from your collection. We believe that everyone owns a piece of creative work that has value. We like to give a platform to share these items with a broad audience. Let us do away with the mystery of where art comes from and what authority assigns value and celebrate the art that we each have.

Over the last two years we have shown close to 75 pieces! People were gracious enough to loan us a variety of work as the theme pretty open to interpretation: items range from paintings, videos, prints, to tchotchkes you hold dear. The only rule is that the piece cannot be something the owner didn’t create. This exhibition follows the Sugar City do-it-together ethos and seeks to further empower everyone’s creative endeavors.


Thurs 8/3 6-10PM | MUSIC | PWYC | INVITE

As part of Buffalo's Infringement Festival WBNY Invades Sugar City:

Always Cool Society (poetic lyricist hip hop) A poetic lyricist with the ability to lead and inspire her generation, dev11n is a breath of fresh air in Hip Hop. Her jazz influenced style, coupled with her thought provoking lyrics, create a sound reminiscent of the 90’s with an all new feel. After the release of her debut EP #The11thHour, she launched a docu-series “I Am: dev11n” to document her journey as an up and coming artist.

Spliff (hip hop artist/vocalist )

Chronic Collective (emcees) Alibi and Illusive. Earth dwelling meanderthals/space travel experimentalists. One time got high score on Gallaga in another dimension in a dive bar.

Tilapia (3 piece funk jam band) three piece funky jam band that believes in two chains not three.

Diverze (vocals)

Dark Matter Trio (new music) Kevin Urso on fender rhodes/bass keys, Ryan Campbell on drums, and Nick Randall on guitar this group creates a sound bigger than the word 'trio' suggests. This energetic yet soulful merge to stand on the shoulders of great improvisors like Medeski Martin & Wood; John Scofield; Soulive; Joshua Redman; and Brad Mehldau, and adds an edge reminiscent of 90's grunge. You may recognize some of the melodies despite them being distorted through a kaleidoscope of captivating rhythms and jazz harmony. Their own fabrications come and go as only a temporal art like music can allow, yet they are truly

Deadwolf (psych rock) 5-piece Psychedelic Pop/Rock band that started off in the fall of 2015 with the objective of crafting larger-than-life songs that have a timeless atmosphere. Having recorded in their own studio, Afterglow Studios, they created the 65-minute long, 14 track album titled, Heavy Heart. Deadwolf has been hailed as, “Psychedelic Rock gods” and “The Harmony Kings.” In a Recent review by Buffablog, they said, “Half A Man, the latest single from Buffalo psych rockers, blew my mind straight up. If you haven’t already gotten this towering, epic jam into your ears, you really need to do so immediately.


Ghosts In the Sunlight: Photographs by Nick Torsell
Opening: July 27, 6:00-9:00 PM | INVITE
On view: July 28 – August 12
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Ghosts In The Sunlight are photos that were made from a car looking for a patch of dirt on the side of the road to park on. I pick up my camera wrapped in an old t-shirt and look for the thing I thought I saw in the car. Usually it’s an emptiness, a potential for something new or imagined to happen in that space.

I majored in literature at University at Buffalo. So I wasn’t an art major in college, and I haven’t always looked at things in pictures, but once I started to I realized I was looking for them all along, in old movies, in television, on the side of the highway looking up at the power lines. Photography gave me a way to compose the world into something more manageable.

About Nick Torsell: Nick Torsell was born in 1989 and started taking photos a few years ago. Though Nick has exhibited previously, this will be his first solo gallery show in Buffalo, NY. His sense of reality was deeply shaken by the 2016 Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. Wait ’til he gets his money right. Instagram: nftorsell