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Orchard Park Editor

Eta Rottenberg has an innate ability to incorporate a Buffalo into any type of art she creates.

They are present in everything from baby clothing to coasters, mugs and magnets.

The Williamsville artist, who has a background in graphic design, was selling items at a store when a worker told her to consider using Buffaloes in her artwork.

“I was experimenting with some different items and parts of some other artwork and I did a lot of nature-based art,” Rottenberg said. “I had the base of a tree and I was playing with the silhouette of the Buffalo and doing experiments with watercolors and before I knew it I created something called the Buffalo Tree.”

The Buffalo Tree became Rottenberg’s signature piece where the top of the tree looks like a Buffalo. She has created a version for each season of the Buffalo Tree using different watercolors.

Rottenberg has been presenting this type of artwork around the area for the past six years.

Using the Buffalo as the base, Rottenberg has created various pieces of clothing including onesies, T-shirts, shorts and bibs.

She added that anytime she sees a new type of material or object, it sparks her creativity to created another Buffalo infused design.

Rottenberg said she’ll bring 30 to 35 items to the Quaker Arts Festival. She has been a regular exhibitor at the festival for the past three years.

Some new items she’ll being will be bandana bibs, shorts, baby blankets and car magnets, all with the Buffalo design.

The Quaker Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Orchard Park Middle School campus, 60 S. Lincoln Ave.


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