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Winter Arts Festival - Press Release November 2, 2015
Two, One-of-a-Kind Shopping Days!
Something extra special is coming to Ellicottville November 21 & 22 with the Winter Arts Festival at the Lodge at Holiday Valley. Presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council at the foot of the ski slopes for one weekend, you will find the lodge transformed into a unique boutique featuring original paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, baskets, wood carving and fiber arts created by regional fine artists and artisans.
Painter and fiber artist Ellen Paquette enjoys participating in this holiday show, describing the experience this way - “The Lodge's spacious yet warm and inviting atmosphere makes it a fantastic place for artists to gather and exhibit their work, and a really comfortable place for people to take their time browsing and enjoying the art and handcrafts on display. It's a crowd that is actively shopping for the holidays and really engages with the artists in conversation. That's what I love about participating in events like this--not only is it inspiring to see what other artists are creating, but I always meet really interesting people who are taking in the art. This holiday show is really fun for all involved.”
Meet the artists in person and shop in the comfort of Holiday Valley’s airy main lodge. The sale will occupy two floors of the lodge overlooking the slopes with live music during the day adding to the holiday atmosphere. Don’t leave the kids at home because there will also be a kids’ activity for them to do while you shop.
Some of the artists participating at the festival and their mediums include: ceramics - Hog Shed Studio, Pinnacle Pottery; photography - Martin Studio of Photography; Dewey Fladd, Michael Weishan; painting - Mikel Wintermantel, Judson Brown, Robin Zefers Clark, Barbara Fox, John Balacki; fiber arts - Jennie Acklin, Eilen Weishan, Ellen Paquette; jewelry - Cherie Antle, Carolyn Raine, Deborah Moyer, Lisa Yohon, Lindsey Ahrens; baskets - Penelope Minner; wood - Keith McKale.
The hours of the sale are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.
photos: Bracelet by Lindsey Ahrens; painting by Al Dornisch; baskets by Penelope Minner; and the lodge filled with artists.
Art Exhibit Opening - Press Release October 26, 2015
See Our National Parks at the Library!
You don’t need to leave the area to see the majesty of our nation’s parks. Beginning with a free opening reception at the Olean Public Library on Friday, November 5 is the exhibit, “National Parks and Beyond, Paintings by Thomas Annear.” Western New York artist Thomas Annear has made the trek across the country from Indiana Beach to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and brings back his record of the journey in oil paintings of our many natural wonders - mountains, buttes, beaches, waterfalls, canyons and glaciers.
Annear relates how the series of paintings started: “I began creating the works for this show during a month-long family road trip to Yellowstone and other western parks during the summer of 2008. At first the paintings were a way to record the experience of sharing the parks and this American rite of passage with our two sons. However, spending time immersed in these majestic and sometime extreme landscapes quickly made me realize that the parks had many lessons to teach.” For example, “In the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, I contemplated geologic history while the ever-present swarms of tourists made the human impacts on the park readily apparent.”
This exhibition includes over thirty landscapes painted on location in the Badlands, Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Pikes Peak, among others. The exhibit opens November 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. with a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library that is free and open to the public. The exhibit closes December 24, 2015.
This show is one of a series of library exhibits administered by the Olean Public Library and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. This series is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Olean Public Library Art Gallery is located at 134 North 2nd Street in Olean, and the hours are Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 16 years with quality arts programs and services. CCAC is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors. For more information, visit www.myartscouncil.net.
Photo Caption: Annear at work on the rim of the Grand Canyon.
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