By Todd Plough

Ellicottville never ceases to surprise and this Christmas season is no exception.  Most of our friends know of the Christmas Stroll, which is scheduled this year for December 6, but now we’ve added a very special Christmas Art Crawl into the mix.

Artist Darlene Allen is bringing together artists of varied disciplines from around the region, in concert with local Ellicottville merchants and galleries, to offer some wonderful delights.

Six locations are hosting the artists and their displays for this first holiday Art Crawl:  Katy’s Café, Nouriche Boutique and St. John’s Episcopal Church on Washington St., the Nannen Arboretum on Parkside Rd., plus the Mill Street Gallery and Allen’s home at 11 Rockwell Ave. Featured artists’ work also will be displayed in the windows of numerous other village merchants.

Need a ride to any of the outlying venues? Pick up a FREE ticket at St .John’s Church the day of the event.  This ticket will allow you to hop on Bob McCarthy’s hayride “taxi” service between each of the locations.

The Art Crawl will showcase  Jennie Acklin’s weaving art using Annie Widger’s hand dyed alpaca, Darlene Allen’s photography, Cherie Antle’s fused glass jewelry, Patricia Eckstrom’s paper sculptures/mixed media, Karen Fitzpatrick’s stained glass, Brian Naber’s stone sculptures, Chris Stark’s porcelain art and paintings by Charlotte Cappilino, Barbara Fox, Jeremiah Kirby, Todd Plough and Sarah Westphal.

While you’re visiting each location, remember to register to win FREE artwork donated by each of the participating artists. Just look for the red tickets by the easel displays. Prizes range from beautiful fused glass jewelry to hand painted porcelain, original photography, drawings, sculptures and limited edition prints.

Featured artists will be available at the six venues on Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to share their visions about their art, which is available for purchase, as well. While you’re at it, be sure to ask the artists to sign their work to make your selection truly one-of-a-kind.