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Art Trail Hub Crawl set for this weekend

The Art Trail Hub Crawl will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 14 hubs and two new stops in Bemus Point, one new stop in Westfield and one new stop in Sherman.

The trail features 24 local artists with art that ranges from paintings to textiles, pottery to outdoor sculptures.

“We as artists do work that is personal. The annual Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail Open Studio and Gallery Tour is an opportunity to visit places where we live and create. We find inspiration in one of the most beautiful, picturesque regions of New York state. As you travel to visit us, see what we see every day — verdant vineyards and fields, lush forests, rolling hills, and spectacular shorelines along Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake,” said Marcia Merrins, NSAA president.

Wayfaring Potter Hub in Fredonia will feature three artists: Lisa Ann Eppolito, Jessie Simmons and Sherry Nugent. Eppolito makes functional, wood and soda-fired pottery. Firing pottery in a wood kiln produces distinctive outcomes, both controlled and uncontrolled. Wood ash vitrifies and produces a natural glaze. Therefore, her forms intend to encourage subtleties such as catching wood ash deposits, and encouraging flashing. Simmons is a full-time studio potter and instructor in Erie holding a bachelor’s degree in ceramics from Alfred University. She is the studio director at Erie ClaySpace and is a rostered teaching artist through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Nugent is the creator at Wildfire Pottery. By trade, she is a restaurateur and chef.

Tom Janik, Thomas Annear, and Patrick Stokes will be at Thomas Annear Art in Fredonia. Janik is a retired chemistry professor who has had a lifelong interest in photography starting at the age of 11 with a Brownie camera. His photography is centered on landscapes and the natural world. Annear creates plein air paintings that capture the grandeur and beauty of the American landscape. Stokes is a photographer, and will have his pictures for sale.

Denise Williams will be at Living Glass Art Gallery in Westfield. Williams creates unique glasswork that will be shown in her studio gallery. Also in Westfield, will be Annex 25 featuring the works of Julie Kleven. Kleven speaks passionately of her initial discovery for painting. Painting had once been a life desire. As she recalls, it had “faded and was nearly forgotten” because at “sixty years old, (I was) legally blind with legs weakened from multiple sclerosis.”

The Portage Hill Art Gallery will feature three artists: Audrey Dowling, Karen Glosser and Tim Sivertsen. Dowling uses many different art mediums to create textures and pattern in her varied works. Sivertsen works with charcoal, pastel and acrylics to create figures in motion and landscapes. Glosser specializes in stunning photographs that include a series of water, and woodlands.

Kirsten Engstrom Sculptures in Mayville will feature the works of Engstrom, a sculptor of large and small sculptures. Cynthia Norton Designs, on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, will feature her hand-painted clothing for sophisticated, artistically inclined women.

The LMNOP Gallery in Sherman will feature the works of Peter Hamilton and Susan Simmons. Hamilton is a wood craftsman whose unique designs include wall hanging wooden art and stylized creative furniture. Simmons focuses primarily on landscape, portrait, and abstract paintings in all mediums.

The Bemus Point Hub will feature the works of Susan Guiterrez and Melissa Meyers in front of Bemus Bay Water Toys. Meyers works in acrylics, oils, and watercolors as well as with abstracts in acrylics and mixed media. Guiterrez utilizes a palette knife in many of her paintings of local scenes and places.

Another stop in Bemus will be the Artsy Garden, the home studio of Tina Ames on Route 430 across from Midway State Park. She creates inspirational works in many art forms, utilizing all types of media.

Kniti Griti Works in Fredonia will feature three artists: Marcia Merrins, Nancy Nixon Ensign and Susan Forrester-Mackay. Merrins is a potter, creating wood and raku fired animals that are collectable, jewelry, and whimsical footed bowls among her many pieces. Nixon Ensign is a painter, working in oil and acrylic, creating paintings with historic homes, landscapes and isolated pieces for stunning pieces of work. Forrester-Mackay paints fascinating works that are figurative and evocative, focusing on the variety of everyday human gesture.

Farmboy Enterprises features the work of Matt McNaughton, a sculptor sculpting whimsical custom pets, farm, zoo, and ocean animals. Farmboy Enterprises is located in Forestville.

The work of Susan Barnes will be shown in her studio, Spirit Art Gallery, newly relocated to Lily Dale. Barnes evokes spiritual practices within her works of spirit art.

Reno Pottery, an art studio in Dewittville, will feature the pottery of Jim and Pat Reno. They have been doing pottery for more than 40 years, with new designs including woodpeckers, dragons and rhinos.

The tour is made possible through support from local sponsors and ASI of WNY.

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