Artists, Raffles, Kids’ Crafts, Music

By Tina Hastings, Executive Director, CCAC

Join some of the region’s most talented fine artists and artisans for the first annual Winter Arts Festival coming to Ellicottville on Nov. 21–22 at the Lodge at Holiday Valley presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC).

Shoppers will have an opportunity to get started or finish up their holiday shopping as two floors of the lodge will be transformed into unique displays of original paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, baskets, woodcarving and fiber arts. In addition to giving your friends and family unique gifts, you’ll be supporting the handmade local movement!

CCAC is pleased to welcome new artists to this year’s event, including Lisa Yohan who creates lovely, handmade jewelry.

“I’m very excited to be part of the Winter Arts Festival,” Yohan said. “It’s a great opportunity to expand my market outside of Olean. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing some amazing art!”

The Winter Arts Festival is bringing a new set of activities to kick off the holiday season in Ellicottville. This year, shoppers will enjoy live music on both days with a lineup of a variety of performers including local favorites to entertain throughout the day.

Saturday will feature Chordiac Arrest at 11 a.m., Ade Adu at 3:30 p.m. and Luke Yerpe & Charlotte Stock at 5 p.m. Sunday features the Honey Punks at noon and the trombone group Let It Slide at 1:30 p.m. Live music creates a fun and lively atmosphere and highlights yet another genre of artists who live and create in our region.

Eva Potter, a member of CCAC’s board of directors, noted that the council is “really excited to offer this expanded event for 2015 featuring not only the talented fine artists who live in the region, but also highlighting the musical talents of the area. Plus, this year, there will be two holiday crafts for the kids to enjoy.”

Children can make two holiday ornaments from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Make a weekend of it and enjoy a pre-holiday getaway with specially priced lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley, just $119 per room, including continental breakfast and use of the indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub! Once you’ve visited the Winter Arts Festival, you can head to the quaint downtown of Ellicottville and browse the many shops along the main street.

We’re also promoting area businesses who have graciously donated raffle baskets for the event. Purchase tickets and take your chance to win baskets from Hog Shed Studio, Studio 4 East, The Critter Ranch, Four Mile Brewing, John Harvard’s Brew House, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, A. Jason Clemons Salon, a knife set courtesy of CUTCO, and tickets to Olean Community Theater’s December 4, 5 and 6 performance of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” at the Palmer Opera House in Cuba, NY.

This year’s participating artists include Jennifer Acklin, Lindsey Ahrens, Cherie Antle, John Balacki, Judson Brown, Evelyn Brumwell, Charlotte Cappellino, Pamela Delyannis, Al Dornisch, Larry Downey, Denise Drummond, Karen Fitzpatrick, Barbara Fox, Theresa Heinz, Adriana Hernandez, Rocky Holland, Elliott Hutten, Kelsey Lynch, Tom Martin, Keith McKale, Penelope Minner, Deborah Moyer, Catherine Muehlbauer, Rose Nuszkowski, Ellen Paquette, Carolyn Raine, Samila Sosic, Michael Weishan, Eileen Weishan, Mikel Wintermantel, Lisa Yohan and Robin Zefers Clark.

Rocky Holland, a photographer and Art in the Wilds artist, said, “I’ve been photographing nature in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York and beyond for over 30 years to encourage people to get out and enjoy the incredible sights and sounds of the natural beauty that is all around us.”

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is in total agreement with Holland and Yohan — come out and join us for some amazing art, culture and nature on the slopes of Holiday Valley Resort! Contact Holiday Valley to book your getaway at (716) 699-2345.

Visitors are invited to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Ellicottville Food Pantry. The hours of the sale are 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 and noon–4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. Parking and admission are free.