Peru and Colombia fundraiser


 Rains caused floods in Peru, according the official data there’s 133,097 victims and 895,489 people were affected and an avalanche in Colombia killed 200 people and destroyed a town.

The natural phenomenon El Niño Costero caused heavy rains, rivers overflowing and mud sliding in the north of Peru. People there need water, food, clothes and material to reconstruct their homes.

Not only Peruvians need our help. Some days after the tragedy in Peru, Colombia suffer. The flooding of three rivers in Moccoa provoked an avalanche of mud, stone and water that destroyed the town, 200 people died.

If you want to be part of the help, you can do it. Como to the Peru and Colombia fundraiser.


Cathleen Chaffee Visits El Buen Amigo


Cathleen Chaffer, the senior curator of Albright Knox Museum, will be joining El Buen Amigo tomorrow on February 2nd at 6 PM. She will be discussing the museum’s artwork collections, history, and importance of Albright Knox Museum works’ throughout Buffalo. We are very excited to have her and we hope you are able to join us tomorrow.


Internationally recognized photographer John Sevigny comes to Western New York for the first time with an evening of photography and storytelling called Visions of Central America 6:30 p.m. December 2 at El Buen Amigo, a fair trade store in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood.

Sevigny has spent more than 15 years photographing the good, bad and ugly in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. At no small risk he has penetrated gang, drug, and human trafficking subcultures and brought back photographs of worlds that would otherwise go unseen. His work, which straddles a gray area between fine art and documentary photography, is frequently described as dark, sad and beautiful but is most often difficult to place in a box.

“It’s difficult to sell something that you can’t easily label but I think that the strength of the work comes from the fact that it can’t be categorized,” he said in a recent interview.

However described, his photographs are always empathetic and center on people and their stories.

“One of the strengths of Sevigny’s work is his manner of photographing people,” the Wisconsin Gazette said of his 2016 exhibition, “Tropcicalisimo” at the Latino Arts Cultural Center in Milwaukee. “Regardless of their surroundings, whether sprawled on a tattered couch on the pavement or secluded in a dark interior room, something has been chosen in that photographed moment. They are lifted out of the flotsam and jetsam of the everyday grind, calling out to the essential dignity of each person.”Sevigny has had more than 50 solo exhibitions in the United States, Latin America and Europe and has given talks at schools and institutions including Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York; the Minneapolis Photo Center; La Fototeca in Monterrey, Mexico. His most recent collection of photographs, La Fiesta Brava, was shown in September in Miami, the artist’s home town.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session and work by the photographer will be available for purchase. Proceeds from sales benefit the Latin American Cultural Association in Buffalo.

For more information or to schedule an interview write to Carmen Rodriguez at

Learn more about John Sevigny here.

Art Gallery Opening

Nancy Hall

a mouth painter, is one of the artist in our Gallery Opening.
She was in a horrible motorcycle accident with her husband. The accident left her paralyzed from the neck down, but she focus on what she can do and gat creative and taught herself how to paint with her mouth.
Como at El Buen Amigo and see more art work of Nancy and know more about her brave history of lifeArt exhibition on November.


All November:

Friday 11th art gallery opening with The Psychedelic Society of WNY

Every Saturday afternoon, music with Buffalo artist

From 4pm to 7pm at El Buen Amigo

Friday 4th November

We have art opening night. For  more information visit our Facebook

El Buen Amigo and LACA celebrated its 27 Anniversary on November  5th.

Since El Buen Amigo came to Buffalo, we have worked to bring the art, culture and expression from Mexico, Central and South America to the Western New York.

You can take spanish classes with a native spanish teacher on monday, wednesday or thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information you can contact us (716)885-6343.

If you are a Buffalo student, El Buen Amigo & LACA offers internships in many areas. Students of any academic background may apply. To apply write to our email address or