By Eva Potter
If you plan to do the Ellicottville tour of Routes to Art, you definitely want to visit these great artists showing nearby inGreatValleyand Little Valley. Karen Fitzpatrick, Rose Nuszkowski, Betty Meierjurgen, Todd Plough and Terry Saye will welcome visitors into their open artists’ studios on May 19—20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on RTA weekend.
Routes to Art is an annual self-guided, open studio art tour showcases the amazing talent that is one of the many hidden gems of theEnchantedMountains. Visit art studios dotting the landscape as you tourCattaraugusCountyon its scenic byways. You’re sure to discover many brilliant artists eager to chat with you. You can also purchase their work.
“Last year I toured for both days. My daughters were excited to be able to tour the studios. We love a good road trip!” said Laura Kopek of Allegany. “At several of the studios, the artists remembered our visit from the previous year. Some even remembered what we had purchased. The artists made my young girls feel welcome, thus making the whole experience very memorable.”
Showing together on Plum Brook Road in Great Valley, Karen Fitzpatrick, a stained glass artist, and Terry Saye, a skilled woodworker who enjoys turning burls (large knots in wood), may work with very different materials, but it is what they “see” and “hear” in their materials that become inspired works of art. Fitzpatrick will be holding demonstrations both days at 1 p.m.
“You can’t have a goal when you make a burl bowl … the chunk of wood becomes what it wants to become,” explained Saye. “I am looking forward to showing with Karen. I think our two elemental media will complement each other nicely.”
Flowers and glass art abound in Rose Nuszkowski’s Rose Garden on Route 219 inGreatValley. Her open studio will include free plants, garden tours, fused glass ornaments and other nature-inspired stained glass pieces infused with lots of color.
Betty Meierjurgen, whose paintings entice viewers with nature’s beauty, brightness and sometimes darkness, has been participating in RTA since the beginning. She said, “I can assure everyone that the ride through the woods to my studio is well worth an extra few minutes[A1] .” And she’s right. Visit her on Bucktooth Run in Little Valley.
Impressionist oil painter Todd Plough, a member of the prestigious Copley Society of Art in Boston, said, “Fine art is a door to dreams the artist has left open, a language without words, known to all generations.” His intricately glowing landscapes often painted en plein air, scenes in a veil of light, and Fauvisms are simply entrancing. Don’t miss his unique studio on Sawmill Run in Little Valley.
As you tour the area, plot your course and make a few pit stops along the way. Stop for a cold beverage, light lunch or gourmet dinner at unique diners, brewpubs and restaurants dotting the area. There are many to choose from including the John Harvard’s, Eddy’s, DJ’s Diner and The Flavor House.
“I wouldn’t miss it! I look forward to seeing the new work of the participating artists,” said Kopek about this year’s tour.
SAVE THE DATE for the ultimate artistic road trip! Take the free Routes to Art self-guided, open studio artists’ tour throughout CattaraugusCountyon May 19 – 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. Get a free brochure with map and artist descriptions by visiting www.routestoart.com, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (716) 372-7455. Look for colorful banners and signs indicating open artist studios[A2] .
Find brochures at these RTA sponsors:AmericanMuseumof Cutlery, the Bank of Cattaraugus, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Ink Well, Mill Street Gallery and Studios, Murphy’s Wine and Gourmet Shop, Olean Open MRI, Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce,Seneca-IroquoisNationalMuseum, Studio 4 East, Tamarack Club atHolidayValley, Regina A. Quick Center and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.