Dale Anderson is 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 http://northshoreartsalliance.com/. 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 Dale Andersen.

He is a self-taught welder/artist who has been making garden art and whimsical sculptures from scrap metals for 20 years. “I repurpose visually interesting metal shapes that would otherwise be destined for the smelter. The process involves cutting and welding scrap materials with no other manipulation. My work evolves from what kind of ‘junk’ I’ll find next. My goal is to transform objects of little or no value into things that will make me, and hopefully others as well, smile,” he said.