Affordable, Original Holiday Gifts Under One Roof

by Eva Potter

Come to the Routes to Art Holiday sale Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Holiday Valley Lodge, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. brought to you by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC). The event features more than 25 of the region’s most talented artists, so get ready — your holiday shopping just got easier!

Imagine the grand top floor of the new Lodge at Holiday Valley, with windows overlooking the slopes, all lined with tables of beautifully displayed, original artwork. The views will be stunning no matter where you look.

Tina Hastings, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, said, “This annual event has been a wonderful success for the Routes to Art program, giving artists another opportunity to connect with the local community and share their work. Anyone looking for gifts outside the box that support our local economy will be amazed at the affordable selection our artists will offer.”

This year’s participating regional artists, including Darlene Allen, John Balacki, Charlotte Cappellino, Denise Drummond, Patricia Eckstrom, Karen Fitzpatrick, Barbara Fox, Sean Huntington, Elliott Hutten, Elizabeth Jankowski, Dawn Lombardi, Tom Martin, Keith McKale, Tom Militello, Penelope Minner, Anne Mormile, Rose Nuszkowski, Ellen Paquette, Todd Plough, Dee Smith, Mat Snyder, Jil St. Ledger-Roty, Eileen Weishan, Michael Weishan, Mikel Wintermantel and Robin Zefers Clark, will display and sell many cash-and-carry items.

Shoppers can expect to find cards, books, prints, jewelry, pottery, ornaments, as well as paintings, stained glass, basket weaving, woodcarving, photography and more.

Whether you come with a list or let inspiration drive your shopping, you won’t leave empty handed. As you browse and visit with artists, you’ll find the perfect hand-beaded scarf for your mother-in-law, whimsical stuffed animals for your grandchildren, sparkly jewelry for all occasions, inspirational paintings for your home or office, pottery that’s more than just functional and so much more.

The Routes to Art program is designed to support and promote the collective arts community in the region, while advancing cultural tourism and enhancing enjoyment of life in the Southern Tier. And when you see the work of these talented individuals, you’ll understand!

Cash, checks and credits cards accepted. For more information, visit, call (716) 372-7455, or email