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Area artists to show studios during upcoming Art Trail

May 19, 2016
Westfield Republican

Two dozen artists from Chautauqua County will open their studios to the public during the annual Memorial Day Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, taking place May 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free event, the first of two this year, is juried and sponsored by the North Shore Arts Alliance. The second Art Trail Weekend takes place at the height of summer, Aug. 20 and 21.

The Art Trail takes visitors along country roads and village streets to some of the most picturesque parts of the county, while enabling artists to talk about and display their work in the setting where it is created. The atmosphere in the studios is relaxed and the conversations are lively, giving visitors the chance to talk with artists about what inspires them. The Art Trail showcases the area's talent in sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting, jewelry, custom arts and crafts furniture, fiber arts, stained glass and mixed media. Many of the participating artists are multiple award winners.

Marcia Merrins, president of the arts alliance, said, "One of the many riches of Chautauqua County is having a core of talented and varied artists living and working here. The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail Studio Tour is a significant event that helps to brand Chautauqua County as an arts destination as it enriches our community. It continues to be an annual tradition."

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Nancy Nixon Ensign of Westfield holds a banner for her open studio as part of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail May 28 and 29.

The Memorial Day Weekend Art Trail includes the following featured artists:

Forestville: Dale Anderson, garden art made from recycled materials

Fredonia: Marcia Merrins, handbuilt stoneware clay; Thomas Annear, oil painting; James East, oil painting; Susan Mackay, painting, drawing, mixed media; Cecelia Ivy Price, painting, drawing, photography; Mary Ann Jankowski, painting; James Hoggard: photography

Dunkirk: Tom Janik, photography

Portland: Katherine Gullo, pottery

Brocton: Lucille Bryant, ceramics and painting

Westfield: Harold Nass, hand carved decorative birds; Katherine Galbraith, oil painting; Carrie Anne Tredo, mixed media, sculpture, mosaic, origami jewelry; Audrey Kay Dowling, ceramics, painting, mixed media; Nancy Nixon Ensign, painting, sculpture, mixed media; Karen Glosser, traditional and abstract photography; Tim Sivertsen, painting and drawing, mixed media

Mayville: Kirsten Engstrom, sculpture; Denise Williams, stained glass; Bonnie Beyer, jewelry

Chautauqua: Cynthia Norton, wearable fiber

Jamestown: Debra Eck, works on paper, book art, and printing; Bill Bale, custom arts and crafts furniture.

Full-color Art Trail brochures feature a map and descriptions of the artists and have been distributed to local tourism and information racks. Request a brochure by emailing, or download a brochure with map from the website,

The Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail is the signature event of the North Shore Arts Alliance, founded in 2007 as a not-for-profit co-operative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. The group seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens the county's image, economic vitality, and quality of life.

The North Shore Arts Alliance is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.



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