Artist: Donna Sleap
Description of Buffalo: "Red, White and Buffalo" an animal of a different kind - this buffalo was transformed into a whimsical zebra. The pattern of a zebra is as individual as a human fingerprint, the design meant to camouflage the animal in the wild. When you hear the slogan "Keep Buffalo a Secret" you think the slogan might challenge a native Buffalonian to camouflage all the great things about our city. In juxtaposition to this, on most Sunday afternoons in the fall, you cannot go far without seeing a Bills fan in a very loud costume which might include wearing zubaz, as well as other red, white and blue team garments. These outfits are meant to be noticed. They represent the community experience and are worn with pride for their beloved team and city.
The buffalo is made of terra cotta are approximately 18" long and 12" high.
Artist Bio: Sleap holds a B.A. Degree in Fine Arts and Design. She also holds a B.S. and a Masters degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College. She spent a semester living in Italy while studying at L' Universita Di Siena. She honed her skills in drawing, painting and ceramics under Italian Masters. Sleap has participated in several art auctions over the years. Her work has supported Studio Arena, Burchfield Penny Art Center, The Carnegie Cultural Center, The Buffalo History Museum & others including "Oaxacan Buffalo" in the original Herd and a tabletop Buffalo the following year. Sleap is thrilled to again support Roswell Park.
Sleap is a native Buffalonian who enjoys spending valuable time with her children and traveling to new places. She lives in Amherst with her husband.