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Hughey Fund for the Arts supports Memorial Day art installation in West Valley/Ashford

Wed, Jun 2nd 2021 10:00 am

Thanks to support from the Elisa B. Hughey Fund for the Arts, handmade poppies commemorating Fallen Veterans crafted by West Valley Central School art students decorated this year’s town of Ashford Memorial Day celebration. 

The Elisa B. Hughey Fund for the Arts at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation made possible a grant to West Valley Central School to support this effort led by the school’s art department. 

According to West Valley art teacher Hannah Mazzuto, every student in her 6-12 grade art classes made at least two poppies out of clay, and the wooden dowels were provided by Elisa's husband and store owner, Inigo de Orbe, of Aardvark in Ellicottville. 

Altogether, students made just short of 200 poppies for the ceremony. Those in attendance were able to take one of the handcrafted poppies following the ceremony. 

“We were pleased to fund the art collaboration project for Memorial Day,” said Brenda Hughey, Elisa B. Hughey Fund for the Arts committee co-chair. “It was creative and meaningful. Besides awarding scholarships, this is the kind of community art project we want to support and hope to do more of in the future. “ 

Members of the Elisa B. Hughey Fund for the Arts scholarship committee decided to establish the fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation in 2020 to help further the group’s mission of supporting local art students and artists in the Cattaraugus County region in memory of Elisa Hughey, a dedicated artist and lover of the arts who passed away in 2016 after battling cancer.  

An accomplished artist, Hughey had her work displayed at Albright Knox Art Gallery, Luminous Gallery and Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts and numerous other galleries 

Hughey taught grade school level art for a number of years before opening the Aardvark Home Décor store with her husband in Ellicottville. 

The Hughey Fund for Arts also makes possible an annual scholarship for Ellicottville and West Valley Central high schools, for college-bound students committed to advancing their skills in any aspect of the fine arts. To learn more, visit elisahugheyscholarship.com.  

Much of the fund’s financial support comes annually from the annual “Elisa’s Run for the Arts,” which will again be held virtually this year on June 19 at 10 a.m. Learn more about the run and join in on Facebook.com/Elisasrun.  

Donations can be made to the Elisa B. Hughey Fund for the Arts at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, Olean, NY 14760, or online at cattfoundation.org. 

Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email [email protected], or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).