Shop like a star

More than 55 local artisans and vendors will be on hand for the third annual “Shea’s Shopping Soiree” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Main Stage, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St.

Jewelry, purses, mugs, ornaments, wreaths and more will be available. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 presale at or Shea’s Ticket Office. For more information or a list of artisans and vendors, visit or call 847-0850. All proceeds benefit Shea’s Restoration and Education Programs.

More shopping!

The 16th annual Women’s Gifts event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

What to find there: jewelry, small leather journals, ceramic sculpture, natural body products, chocolates, hand-painted T-shirts, pottery and more crafted by Western New York women artists. The event includes live music, a teen advice booth and more. Admission is free. For information and a list of participants, visit

Celebrating cast iron art

To herald the history and aesthetics of cast iron art, Buffalo State College’s Fine Arts Department is hosting the Nor’easter Conference from Wednesday through Saturday. Approximately 200 artists, academics and art-lovers from across the country and Europe are expected to attend. For the full listing of events, go to