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Area artists will open their studios Aug 20-21 during the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

August 18, 2016
Westfield Republican

Artists in Chautauqua County will open their studios to the public during the summer Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free event, the second of two during this eighth year of the annual event, is sponsored by the North Shore Arts Alliance.

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.

A total of 16 stops are mapped out for the trail, featuring 22 artists and their work. Four artists will be showcased at the Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, three artists at The Forest Hill Gatehouse in Fredonia, and two at the Annear Studio in Fredonia. This piggy-backing arrangement is a new feature of the Art Trail. Art Trail Coordinator Thomas Annear said. "These Art Hubs allow artists who have less-accessible studios to participate in the Art Trail."

President of the NSAA Marcia Merrins 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. "

Artists and Locations of the 2016 Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail


Lucille Bryant, ceramics and painting, 5212 Ellicott Rd.


Tom Janik, photography, 9 Beach Rd.


Dale Anderson, garden art made from recycled materials, 8879 Prospect Road.


Marcia Merrins, handbuilt stoneware clay, 42 Rosalyn Court;

Thomas Annear, oil painting, and James East, oil painting at 43 Central Ave.;

James Hoggard, photography, 136 Newton St.;

Together at The Forest Hill Gatehouse, 57 Lambert Street, are Susan Mackay, painting, drawing, mixed media; Cecelia Ivy Price, painting, drawing, photography; and Mary Ann Jankowski, painting.


Bill Bale, custom arts and crafts furniture, at 149 Frissell Rd.


Kirsten Engstrom, sculpture, 124 South Erie St.;

Denise Williams, stained glass, 147 West Lake Rd.;

Bonnie Beyer, jewelry, The Art Loft, 4994 West Lake Rd.


Katherine Gullo, pottery, 6687 Webster Rd.


Harold Nass, hand carved decorative birds, 8539 Hardscrabble Rd.;

Katherine Galbraith, oil painting, The Station Art Gallery, 11 English St.;

Carrie Anne Tredo, mixed media, sculpture, mosaic, origami jewelry, 74 Jefferson St.;

Together at the Portage Hill Gallery are Audrey Kay Dowling, ceramics, painting, mixed media; Nancy Nixon Ensign, painting; Karen Glosser, traditional and abstract photography; and Tim Sivertsen, painting and drawing, and mixed media.

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.

Support for the Art Trail is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. NSAA is supported in part by a Give for Greatness Grant a program of Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. This program is made possible in part by support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Project Pool Grants Program.



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