Audrey Kay Dowling participating in Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

North Shore Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. The organization seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens our County’s image, economic vitality, and quality of life.

To that end, the North Shore Arts Alliance offers juried membership to local artists as well as membership opportunities for individuals and businesses who want to support our efforts to promote and integrate the arts into everyday life in the community.

Its signature event is the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, a free open-studio tour in northern Chautauqua County. The Open Studio Tour is May 27 and 28. To see the specific stops, visit The art trail incorporates 22 professional artists whose work represents a variety of media: painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, wood, and mixed media.

One of the artists participating is Audrey Kay Dowling.

When describing her art, she states “My art is grounded and centered by my understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Although I have worked in many mediums and continue to do so, my choice of inspiration, whether realistic or abstract, is never very far removed from the time I spend as an environmentalist and outdoorswoman. Using clay, printmaking, painting and mixed media I daily explore what I want to share with others of my view of what is important in my world as a seasoned female artist.

“I am ready to fly into further regions to share my artistic expression with others. I continue to expand and unfold and open up to opportunities. I have been successfully entering my work regionally and nationally and have also been included in a few opportunities that have been international in their calls for art. I am always expanding my collector base as a part of my art practice.

“Ideas flow through me all of the time and I feel both excited and very glad that I have been able to benefit from opportunities that allow me to be exploratory and experimental with my work.”