Large turnout for art gallery ribbon cutting

Submitted Photo Chautauqua Art Gallery held a ribbon cutting on Jan. 27.

LAKEWOOD — Chautauqua Art Gallery opened its doors for the first time on January 27, celebrating the occasion with a ribbon cutting and reception. Community members gathered with Lakewood Village Trustees, Mayor Cara Birrittieri, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, state Sen. Cathy Young and a representative from Tom Reed’s office at noon for the ribbon cutting followed by brief remarks by proprietor Leslie Calimeri, Senator Young, Assemblyman Goodell and Mayor Birrittieri. Later in the evening patrons were treated to live music provided by Infinity Performing Arts.

“My husband Joe and I are overjoyed by the support we received from our community and local dignitaries during our opening reception. We are thrilled to be starting a new business in Lakewood. I’m looking forward to showcasing our talented regional artists and images that highlight the beauty of Chautauqua County,” said proprietor and artist Leslie Calimeri.

In addition to Leslie’s paintings of local landscapes, the gallery is currently displaying prints by Photojournalist David Munch, handcrafted jewelry by Karen Schiavone and handmade knits by Lindsay Porter. A portion of the proceeds from Lindsay’s knits are donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the National Parkinson Foundation.

The newly renovated gallery is located at 104 Chautauqua Avenue in the heart of Lakewood. Regular winter hours are Monday and Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

More information about Chautauqua Art Gallery is available on their website at, by phone at (716) 753-6296, or on Facebook at