Holiday Valley to Host New Arts Festival

By Eva Potter

Promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of arts and culture in the Southern Tier has been the Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s mission for more than 16 years. Through a variety of programs and social offerings, CCAC has highlighted the breadth and depth of artistic talent, styles and media of individuals and organizations, but never has this group been formally honored with a regional award.

To recognize the creativity of this region, the premier Celebration of the Arts event will take place on Saturday, June 6 with the intention of shining a bright light on some of these talented individuals and groups. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for CCAC and Executive Director Tina Hastings encourages and welcomes the public to attend.

“We are so excited to launch this new event for 2015 and to recognize the wealth of talent in the Southern Tier. We hope that art supporters and community members will join us for this fun night,” said Hastings.

To find these shining stars, CCAC will ask the public to take part in the nomination process using Survey Monkey.

Nominations for the seven awards categories will open in late March through the arts council’s website at and will run through the beginning of May. CCAC’s board members and staff will select the final winners, who will be recognized at the arts party on June 6 at the Bartlett Country Club in Olean.

And that’s not all. This very special evening will include the chance to win one of five original works of art.

Past participating artists include Mikel Wintermantel, Barbara Fox, Angie To, Sean Huntington, Peter Jones, Jennifer Miller, David Higgins, Patricia Eckstrom and many others who have donated original work with a combined value of more than $10,000. Their generous donations have helped to fund workshops, children’s programming, CCAC’s member show, contemporary exhibitions, community improvements and advocacy for quality of life in the Southern Tier.

Along with live entertainment, partygoers will enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The adult event runs from 6–9 p.m. Smaller works will be available via silent auction throughout the evening.

Ticket sales for this premier event will begin at the end of March.

At this time, CCAC is offering businesses and individuals to sponsor this event in a range of price levels.

“This event is CCAC’s major fundraising event for the year. Support from the community helps us to continue to provide a wide variety of arts-related events and activities throughout the year to make our community an even better place to live,” said Hastings. “Community support is one of the most important ways we can grow and expand.”

Information about sponsorships will be posted at soon.

Artists interested in donating artwork for the raffle and silent auction should contact Tina Hastings at or by calling (716) 372-7455.

Winter Arts Festival at Holiday Valley

CCAC is also rolling out a new and exciting event — the CCAC Winter Arts Festival at Holiday Valley — Nov. 21–22. Don’t miss a great opportunity to buy from the finest artists and artisans in the area who will be offering original paintings, prints, stained glass, jewelry, cards, pottery and so much more, ranging from affordable to collector pricing.

The event is in the planning stages and is expected to feature food and beverage tastings, a children’s art workstation, live entertainment, local charity donation opportunities and a fun cocktail party evening.

Make it a getaway weekend with your family or friends, experience all the festival has to offer and explore the charming village of Ellicottville. Lodging packages are being planned by Holiday Valley.

“We’ve hosted the Routes to Arts Holiday Sale for the past two years and it is a wonderful event,” said Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s director of marketing. “The expansion of this show to a two-day event with workshops, entertainment and a reception will give visitors a reason to stay for the whole weekend. What a great way to kick off your holiday season!”

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore your creative side. Come meet the artists, browse for holiday gifts and enjoy a lively, social weekend at Holiday Valley.