By Eva Potter
There is a new art gallery and studio inside the Town Center building at 28 Parkside Dr. in the village of Ellicottville, and this Saturday and Sunday the public is invited to a very special Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
The Sean Huntington and Patricia Eckstrom Art Studio and Gallery is holding its first Open House March 29–30 and to celebrate Huntington and Eckstrom are generously donating 20 percent of proceeds to the future Ellicottville-Great Valley (EVGV) Trail, which is in the fundraising phase in preparation for construction.
Huntington has always been an avid fan of trails and has found some of his most profound subjects on his hikes. He said he often used Bradford’s and Allegany’s trail systems and that Pat walks the trail near her home frequently.
“It’s something sorely lacking here. I can’t wait to have one,” he said of the future EVGV Trail.
He and Eckstrom have been good friends for years and recently decided to share studio and gallery space. When they found the Town Center’s gorgeous location right next to the Nannen Arboretum, they knew it was the perfect place for them.
Huntington said. “I love my studio! Pat and I are both nature nerds, so having the Cooperative Extension and the Nannen Arboretum at our studio really is a dream come true.”
Huntington’s work is self-described as semi-abstract watercolor paintings depicting trees and landscapes. His original paintings hang in the Holiday Valley Lodge’s main staircase. Check out his website at www.seanstrees.com.
Eckstrom creates intricate, life-like paper sculptures in a framed shadow box style, depicting natural scenes including fish, leaves, trees or whatever captures her interest. She also does acrylic paintings based on these themes. To get a better idea of her artistry, visit her website at www.patriciaeckstromartist.com.
There will be a wide variety of prices for their art at the Open House, starting from $40, so there is something for everyone. Stop in, say hello and buy some amazing art and support the EVGV Trail at the same time.
During show season, both artists can be reached by calling (716) 244-2943 for a studio appointment or stop by to catch them by chance.
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