Returning again for the seventh year, the ever-popular Routes to Art (RTA) open studio tour is scheduled to take place on May 17-18, offering a chance to enjoy the hidden artistic talents of our region. The 2014 event will showcase a wide variety of artwork from 42 talented artists from across the Twin Tiers, including a large grouping of artists participating in the Ellicottville area at various locations.

Brochures, which include a map as well as a comprehensive listing of artists and business sponsors, are now available to the public free of charge at all of the regional businesses who are sponsoring Routes to Art: Fox Financial and Crafty Squirrel Designs in Olean; Register Graphics in Randolph; Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Ellicottville Times Newspaper, Alexandra, The City Garage Ski Shop, Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley, The Purple Doorknob, and Katy’s Cafe in Ellicottville; Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Seneca Gaming and Entertainment, Ohi:yo’ Gallery, Nu 4 you Native Treasures, and Wildwood Grill in Salamanca; Cattaraugus County Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism in Little Valley; and The American Museum of Cutlery, and Bank of Cattaraugus in Cattaraugus.

Brochures can be also picked up at the arts council at 100 W. Main St. in Allegany and at all participating RTA artists on the weekend of the tour.

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

Visitors who have enjoyed the tour in previous years can expect to see many of their perennial favorites in 2014 and also discover a host of exciting new talent.

First-time artists this year include Jennie Acklin and Annie Widger, John Balacki, Denise Drummond, Holly John, Kimberly Mehta, Thomas Militello, Mat Snyder, Sarah Walker, Carey Ann Welch, and Mikel Wintermantel. Artist studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17 and 18.

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.

For more information about Routes to Art and to request or print a brochure, visit or contact CCAC at or (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 15 years with quality arts programs and services. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors. For more information, see