Penny Minner
Penny Minner

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to announce the talented artists participating in the seventh annual Routes to Art (RTA) open-studio tour scheduled for May 17-18, 2014. This year’s tour includes 42 regional artists from across the Twin Tiers, as well as 18 local community business sponsors.

Routes to Art is an annual, self-guided, open-studio artists’ tour taking place across Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation and is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. During RTA weekend, the artists will open their homes, studios and businesses to welcome visitors and present their artwork. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors who have enjoyed the tour in previous years can expect to visit many of their perennial favorites in 2014 and also discover a host of exciting new artists. Affordable original art is available for purchase at all locations, with many artists grouped at convenient one-stop locations.

Participants in this year’s RTA include Jennie Acklin and Annie Widger, Darlene Allen, Cherie Antle, John Balacki, Judson Brown, Jon Capasso, Charlotte Capellino,  Robin Zefers Clark, Denise Drummond, Patricia Eckstrom, Karen Fitzpatrick, Barbara Fox, Sean Huntington, Elliott Hutten, Mary Jacobs, Beth Jankowski, Holly John, Peter Jones, Mike Jones, Dawn Lombardi, Tom Martin, Keith McKale, Kristina McLeod, Kim Mehta, Betty Meierjurgen, Thomas Militello, Jennifer Miller, Penny Minner, Anne Mormile, Rose Nuszkowski, Ellen Paquette, Todd Plough, Dee Smith, Mat Snyder, Jil St. Ledger Roty, Chris Stark, Sarah Walker, Carson Waterman, Mike Weishan, Eileen Weishan, Carey Ann Welch and  Mikel Wintermantel.

Executive Director Anne Conroy-Baiter commented that last year’s improvements enhanced RTA’s enjoyment factor.

“We changed Routes to Art to be centered on Ellicottville, Salamanca, Cattaraugus and Gowanda, creating a tighter driving loop, more easily accomplished in one day. The move paid off, and it’s easier than ever to hop in the car with friends or family, and hit the road for a day of adventure and art,” she said.

RTA offers a wonderful opportunity to discover some of the hidden cultural talents that Cattaraugus County has to offer. Visitors can view and purchase a variety of work but also enjoy the unique experience of watching artists as they create. A preview exhibition of work from RTA artists will be held at JCC’s Center Gallery in Olean from April 25 through May 9. Attendees can meet participating artists during the opening reception at the Center Gallery on Friday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m.

The arts council is also pleased to welcome the generous support of a record number of area business sponsors. Community sponsors include Fox Financial, Register Graphics, Alexandra, The American Museum of Cutlery, Murphy’s Wine and Gourmet Shop, The City Garage Ski Shop, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Ellicottville Times Newspaper, Katy’s Cafe, The Purple Doorknob, Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley, Crafty Squirrel Designs, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Seneca Gaming and Entertainment, The Wildwood Grill and Saloon, Ohi:yo’ Gallery, Nu 4 You Native Treasures and Cattaraugus County Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism.

“The response from business sponsors this year was gratifying — businesses are noticing an uptick in the number of visitors patronizing their businesses on Routes to Art weekend. RTA was designed as a cultural tourism program, to bring more visitors into our region, and it’s been a success as an economic development tour, both for participating businesses and artists. We hope the upward trend in support continues!” said Conroy-Baiter.

For more information about Routes to Art and to request or print a brochure, visit or contact CCAC at or call (716) 372-7455.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 16 years working toward improving quality of life. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors. For more information, see