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Something extra special is coming to Ellicottville Nov. 21– 22 with the Winter Arts Festival at the Lodge at Holiday Valley.

This new event takes place at the foot of the scenic ski slopes. For one full weekend, the Holiday Valley Lodge will be transformed into a unique boutique featuring original paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, baskets, woodcarving, fiber arts and more, all created by regional fine artists and artisans. You’ll find original pieces, prints and more at affordable prices.

Painter and fiber artist Ellen Paquette enjoys participating in this holiday show and sale, said, “The Lodge’s spacious, yet warm and inviting atmosphere makes it a fantastic place for artists to gather and exhibit their work, and a really comfortable place for people to take their time browsing and enjoying the art and handcrafts on display. It’s a crowd that is actively shopping for the holidays and really engages with the artists in conversation. That’s what I love about participating in events like this — not only is it inspiring to see what other artists are creating, but I always meet really interesting people who are taking in the art. This holiday show is really fun for all involved.”

Meet the artists in person and shop in the comfort of Holiday Valley’s airy main lodge. The sale will occupy two floors of the lodge overlooking the slopes with live music during the day adding to the holiday atmosphere. Don’t leave the kids at home, because there will also be a fun kids’ activity for them to do while you shop.

Some of the artists participating at the festival include: pottery, Hog Shed Studio, Pinnacle Pottery; photography, Martin Studio of Photography, Dewey Fladd, Michael Weishan; painting, Mikel Wintermantel, Judson Brown, Robin Zefers Clark, Barbara Fox, John Balacki, Al Dornisch; fiber arts, Jennie Acklin, Eileen Weishan, Ellen Paquette; jewelry, Cherie Antle, Carolyn Raine, Deborah Moyer, Lisa Yohan, Lindsey Ahrens; baskets, Penelope Minner; and woodcarving, Keith McKale. More are registering to participate daily.

New this year, visitors can purchase festive, limited edition ornaments to support arts programming in the region, as well as a food drive to benefit the Ellicottville Food Pantry.

One-stop shopping hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. Parking and admission are free.

In addition, the Inn at Holiday Valley is offering a special room rate for festival participants and visitors to the Winter Arts Festival. Call (716) 699-2336 for details and reservations.

This event is presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. If you would like to participate as an artist/artisan in the Winter Arts Festival at Holiday Valley (limited space available, so sign up now), or you would like more information about the arts council, classes, the community pottery studio and fun art-related functions all year long, visit www.myartscouncil.net or call (716) 372-7455.

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