The two-weekend Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail got off to a great start over the Memorial Day weekend and artists along the trail are gearing up for another round of visitors in a few days.
The Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail Weekend Open Studio Tour features 25 artists - including eight new artists to the Trail - inviting the public into the spaces where they create their works. Artists from communities located all along the Lake Erie shore and down to Sherman give visitors a chance to visit the personal, and often private, places where artists live and create their work, and get to know the artists themselves.
The Art Trail continues this weekend. Studio tours take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Art Trail coordinator Tom Annear and artists said, "The weather was perfect and our guests were enjoying a weekend filled with original art, wine, farmers markets, and good food in Chautauqua County. The open studio tour is a great opportunity to get to know people, share your creative vision and the stories behind your art works. We love it when a work of art finds a good home."
For a list of participating artists and sponsors, visit www.chautauquaarttrail.com. The site provides images and background information on the artists, a Google map of the studio tour locations, and a downloadable printer-friendly version of the brochure. Call 679-9254 for more information.
The Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail is the signature event of the North Shore Arts Alliance, a not-for-profit co-operative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County, New York. The Arts Alliance seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens Chautauqua County's image, economic vitality and quality of life.