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Routes to Art Holiday Sale Coming to Holiday Valley Nov. 16

Anne-Conroy-BaiterThis holiday season, there’s no better way to find unique gifts and to support local artisans than to shop the fourth annual Routes to Art Holiday Sale on Saturday, Nov. 16. Produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), the Holiday Sale moves this year to the new Lodge at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville and runs from 10a.m.–5 p.m.

Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, stated that the new location is perfect for a holiday sale.

“We are so thrilled to welcome visitors to a new venue for this year’s event. Holiday Valley has been so welcoming and supportive of our regional artists and the new lodge overlooking the slopes will provide a stunning backdrop for the Holiday Sale,” said Conroy-Baiter. “Instead of shopping in a mall from store to store, shoppers can make their way from booth to booth finding handcrafted, one-of-a kind, affordable holiday gifts.”

The sale is made up of participating artists in next year’s 2014 Routes to Art open studio tour. Now in its seventh year, Routes to Art (RTA) is an annual, self-guided, open-studio artists’ tour taking place across Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians. Next year’s tour is scheduled for May 17-18, 2014.

Regional artists like Mikel Wintermantel, Eileen Weishan, Mike Weishan, Dee Smith, Ellen Paquette, Rose Nuszkowski, Anne Mormile, Penny Minner, Keith McKale, Kristina McLeod, Kaitlynn Miller, Tom Martin, Denise Drummond, Dawn Lombardi, Elizabeth Jankowski, Barbara Fox, Karen Fitzpatrick, Patricia Eckstrom, Elliott Hutten, Sean Huntington, Robin Zefers Clark, John Balacki, Cherie Antle, Jennie Acklin, Todd Plough and others will display and sell many cash-and-carry items.

Shoppers can expect to find cards, books, prints, jewelry, pottery, ornaments, as well as paintings, stained glass, basket weaving, wood carving, photography and more.

Returning again to the 2014 Holiday Sale, vocal quintet Chordiac Arrest will entertain visitors with a selection of festive music.

New this year, CCAC will offer free holiday face painting and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Routes to Art program is designed to promote the collective arts community while advancing cultural tourism and enhancing enjoyment of life in the Southern Tier.

Cash, checks and credits cards accepted. For more information, visit www.routestoart.com, call (716) 372-7455, or email info@myartscouncil.net.

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