45 Artists Under one Roof
by Eva Potter
You’ve been reading plenty about the artists participating in this year’s fifth Routes to Art open studio artist tour coming up on May 19–20, but there are 45 artists to visit. Even though many are showing together in one location, it’s still a daunting number of studios to find. So, here’s an easy way to get a close-up look at what these skilled and talented people make.
All artists participating in Routes to Art 2012 will take part in a preview exhibition of their artwork at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. To kick off the exhibition, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council has planned a reception at the Quick Center on Thursday, April 19 from 6—8 p.m. It’s free and all are invited.
Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of the arts council, said, “We’re thrilled that St. Bonaventure is again hosting the RTA exhibition. The Quick Center is a fantastic venue for viewing artwork.”
With 45 artists and artisans participating this year, it’s virtually impossible to see them all on RTA weekend, so a visit to the Quick Center is a great way to see a representation of all the artists in one location. Paintings, pottery, books, paper art, stained glass, jewelry, basket weaving, woodcarvings, traditional Native American art, and more highlight the cross-cultural talents of our region and are sure to visually delight the senses.
“The depth and breadth of artists participating in Routes to Art this year is beyond anything we’ve offered before. All 45 artists are excited to show off their skills and artwork both in the exhibition and on RTA weekend,” said Conroy-Baiter. “The preview exhibition is a wonderful way to see all the artists’ work in one place, making it easy to choose which artists you’d like to visit.”
You decide where your wanderings will take you on your self-guided RTA artistic adventure. Be sure to look for the large Routes to Art signs as well as colorful vertical banners in front of artists’ studios and show locations all around Cattaraugus County the weekend of May 19–20.
The RTA kickoff reception is also an easy way to pick up a brochure and meet the artists, too. The exhibition will remain up until mid-May.
Free brochures with maps have been distributed all over Ellicottville, Allegany, Olean and other locations. You can also request them online at www.routestoart.com or call (716) 372-7455.