Join Yames Saturday March 23rd for an afternoon workshop learning the basics of surface gilding a gold leaf letter!

Surface gilding is the application of gold leaf to objects; predominantly used on vehicles, signs, and decorative architectural elements. We see gold leaf used for address numbers on houses, lettering on fire trucks and the domed roof of the historic Buffalo Savings Bank. No prior knowledge is necessary to attend! This workshop covers all the steps you will need in order to start your surface gilding journey.

Workshop participants will learn the process of surface gilding over the course of an afternoon. Participants will have a selection of traditional fonts to choose from and then learn how to reproduce the letter on their panel in gold leaf and enamel paint.

In need of tuition assistance? Click the scholarship form button and fill out the application by March 4th. Five (5) people will be selected to attend the Gold Leaf workshop at no cost to them!


James Moffitt, aka YAMES, is a Buffalo native and co-founder of Pine Apple Company, an artist collective and gallery located in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood. Having formally trained at Pratt Institute, YAMES is a multidisciplinary graphic artist who specializes in hand-painted signs, gold leaf, typography, illustration, murals, and more. You can see his work on businesses throughout Buffalo, including Hydraulic Hearth, Sato Ramen, Larkin Square, and National Grid’s Terminal Station B. In 2020, YAMES completed two mural projects with the Buffalo AKG Art Museum’s Public Art Initiative and has assisted on numerous other projects for the Initiative as well. In 2021 YAMES was selected to take part in the Lowe’s 100th anniversary mural campaign. This year Yames is the recipient of two grants that will be used to grow and evolve his practice of gold leaf glass signs. The first grant is from the Andy Warhol Foundation through the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art. The second is from the New York State Council on the Arts through Arts Services Incorporated. Stay tuned for updates by joining the Yames quarterly newsletter in the contact us form below!

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