The Art Trail Hub Crawl will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm with 14 hubs and two new stops in Bemus Point, one new stop in Westfield and one new stop in Sherman.
The trail features 24 local artists with art that ranges from paintings to textiles, ceramics to outdoor sculptures.
“We as artists do work that is personal. The annual Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail Open Studio and Gallery Tour is an opportunity to visit places where we live and create. We find inspiration in one of New York State’s most beautiful, scenic regions. As you travel to visit us, see what we see every day—green vineyards and fields, lush forests, rolling hills, and impressive shorelines along Lake Erie and Lake Chautauqua.” said Marcia Merrins, president of the NSA.
The Wayfaring Potter Hub in Fredonia will feature three artists: Lisa Ann Eppolito, Jessie Simmons and Sherry Nugent. Eppolito makes functional wood and soda fired ceramics. Firing ceramics in a wood-fired kiln produces distinctive results, both controlled and uncontrolled. Wood ash vitrifies and produces a natural glaze. Therefore, its shapes are intended to encourage subtleties such as trapping wood ash deposits and promoting flashing. Simmons is a full-time pottery studio and instructor in Erie, holding a BA in ceramics from Alfred University. She is the studio director at the Erie ClaySpace and is listed as a faculty member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Nugent is the creator of Wildfire Pottery. She is a restaurateur and cook by profession.
Tom Janick, Thomas Annear and Patrick Stokes will be at Thomas Annear Art in Fredonia. Yannick is a retired chemistry professor with a lifelong interest in photography, starting at the age of 11 with a Brownie camera. His photography focuses on landscapes and the natural world. Annear creates plein air paintings that capture the majesty and beauty of the American landscape. Stokes is a photographer and will have his photos for sale.
Denise Williams will be at the Living Glass Art Gallery in Westfield. Williams creates unique glass pieces that will be displayed in her studio gallery. Also at Westfield will be Annex 25, featuring the works of Julie Kleven. Kleven spoke passionately about his initial discovery of painting. Painting was once a lifelong desire. As she remembers, there was “faded and almost forgotten” since at “At sixty years old, (I was) legally blind with legs weakened by multiple sclerosis.”
The Portage Hill Art Gallery will feature three artists: Audrey Dowling, Karen Glosser and Tim Sivertsen. Dowling uses many different artistic mediums to create textures and patterns in her varied works. Sivertsen works with charcoal, pastel and acrylic to create figures in motion and landscapes. Glosser specializes in stunning photographs that include a series of water and forests.
Kirsten Engstrom Sculptures in Mayville will feature the works of Engstrom, a sculptor of large and small sculptures. Cynthia Norton Designs, on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution, will present her hand-painted clothing for sophisticated women with an artistic bent.
LMNOP Gallery in Sherman will present the works of Peter Hamilton and Susan Simmons. Hamilton is a wood craftsman whose unique designs include wall-hung wooden artwork and stylized creative furniture. Simmons focuses primarily on landscapes, portraits and abstract paintings in all mediums.
Bemus Point Hub will feature the works of Susan Guiterrez and Melissa Meyers in front of Bemus Bay Water Toys. Myers works in acrylics, oils and watercolors, as well as abstracts in acrylics and mixed media. Gutierrez used a palette in many of his paintings of local scenes and locations.
Another stop at Bemus will be the Artsy Garden, Tina Ames’ home studio on Route 430 across from Midway State Park. She creates inspiring works in many art forms using all types of media.
Kniti Griti Works in Fredonia will feature three artists: Marcia Merins, Nancy Nixon Ensign and Susan Forrester-Mackay. Merins is a potter, creating collectable wood-fired and raku animals, jewelry and whimsical footed bowls among her many objects. Nixon Ensign is an artist who works in oils and acrylics, creating paintings of historic homes, landscapes and isolated pieces for stunning works. Forrester-Mackay paints compelling works that are figurative and emotional, focusing on the variety of everyday human gestures.
Farmboy Enterprises presents the work of Matt McNaughton, a sculptor who sculpts whimsical pets, farms, zoos and ocean animals. Farmboy Enterprises is located in Forestville.
Susan Barnes’ work will be displayed at her studio, Spirit Art Gallery, recently relocated to Lily Dale. Barnes evokes spiritual practices in his works of spiritual art.
Reno Pottery, an art studio in Dewittville, will feature the pottery of Jim and Pat Reno. They have been making pottery for over 40 years with new designs including woodpeckers, dragons and rhinos.
The tour is made possible through the support of local sponsors and ASI of WNY.