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Artist's widow commemorates his contributions to Buffalo's art scene

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A Buffalo woman is remembering her artist husband with a special coloring event this weekend.

People are invited to stop by the Unboxed Art Sanctuary at 1272 Delaware Avenue from noon to 4pm Sunday for the William Y. Cooper Colorations Coloring Stop.

Cooper died in February 2016 but left behind many paintings which are on display. People will also be invited to grab some pencils to color Cooper's special coloring book.

His widow Glendora said Cooper devoted his life to art.

"He maintained an art studio for 20 years at the Tri-Main Building," she said. "He was a working artists who spent his time painting."

Glendora Cooper says she's hoping people attending the Allentown Art Festival a few blocks away will stop by. William Cooper himself was an exhibitor at the festival during its early days.

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.