Cynthia Norton 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 Cynthia Norton.

She states, “As an artist I’m inspired by the order and chaos of natural processes. In creating clothing, I aim for something of the wild yet cohesive beauty found in nature. When paints and dyes meet fabric I allow the unexpected to inform the original idea, while keeping in mind the human form it is intended to celebrate. I work with a variety of beautiful fabrics, using a range of techniques that involve brushing, flinging, splattering, twisting, dipping, dripping, etc . The result is clothing that bears the mark of the artist’s hand in a way that is uniquely expressive and at the same time subtle enough for the wearer to shine through. Sometimes a customer finds the perfect piece right away and sometimes we collaborate to find what works best, discussing proportion, line, color and fit. The most rewarding part of what I do is seeing people who look and feel wonderful in my designs because a harmonious match has been found.”