Lisa-ConklinHoliday shoppers searching for unique gifts this holiday season but wanting to avoid the crowds at the mall can stop by Art in Main at 100 W Main St. in Allegany this Saturday, Nov. 30 for the region’s finest selection of high quality, one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts made by regional artists and artisans.

Art on Main, managed by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, will celebrate Small Business Saturday with a shop re-launch this weekend with a new atmosphere and new inventory. Items for sale will include paintings, prints, jewelry, functional and decorative ceramics, photography, handmade books and more, all made locally in the Cattaraugus County region. The Art on Main shop offers something for every shopper, including both affordable gift items and high-end collector pieces.

Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of the Arts Council, commented on the importance of purchasing locally made gifts.

“By shopping at Art on Main this holiday season, you are not only helping to support our local artists and bolster our regional economy, you will be able to find the most unique, personal gifts for your friends and family. Small Business Saturday was an initiative started by American Express designed to help neighborhood businesses compete with the box stores, and to help local money stay local. They estimate 52 cents of every dollar spent on Small Business Saturday will stay local. We’ll beat that with 75 cents going back to the artist, and 25 cents staying at the arts council, helping us continue to further improve quality of life through arts and culture,” she said.

Artists featured in Art on Main this weekend include Barbara Fox, Jennie Acklin, Elizabeth Jankowski, Rena Nease, Lisa Yohon, Don Black, Karen Fitzpatrick, Deb Eck, Michael Weishan, Eileen Weishan, Robin Zefers Clark, Pat Eckstrom, Sean Huntington, Mikel Wintermantel, Anne Mormile, Cherie Antle, Nance Jackson, Lisa Conklin, Jennifer Schlick, Ellen Paquette, Keith McKale and more.

Art on Main is located at 100 W. Main Street in Allegany and will be open for special hours on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 9a.m.–5 p.m. Regular business hours are Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Cattaraugus County Arts Council at (716) 372-7455 or visit .