Anne-Conroy-BaiterAffordable, Original Holiday Gifts Under One Roof

by Eva Potter

Come to the Routes to Art Holiday sale this Saturday, Nov. 16 at Holiday Valley, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. brought to you by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC). The event features 28 of the region’s most talented artists, so get ready — your holiday shopping just got easier! And parking is conveniently available right in front of the building.

“We’re really happy to host the Routes to Art Holiday Valley sale here this weekend. I’ve been to the event before and they have such unique, beautiful and affordable artwork for sale, and you get to talk to the artists themselves,” said Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director for Holiday Valley. “I’ve talked with a few of the artists and they’re pleased to be coming to Holiday Valley because it is centrally located and they hope to reach a whole new group of customers.”

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!

Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of the CCAC, explained, “We made the decision to move the Holiday Sale to Holiday Valley Resort, because Ellicottville is more and more the heart of the holiday season in the region, and we thought this new venue would increase the number of visitors able to take advantage of this many high-quality artists under one roof. And what a spectacular roof! When Holiday Valley agreed on our proposed date in the new lodge, we realized we had the potential to really grow the event.”

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.

“Holiday shoppers will be able to find items on any budget,” said Conroy-Baiter. “We’re thrilled that Mikel Wintermantel will be joining the sale for the first time with pieces specially crafted for our regional market. Routes to Art favorites like Sean Huntington, Barbara Fox, Elliott Hutten, Cherie Antle and Jennifer Miller will be joining newcomers such as Denise Drummond and John Balacki. It promises to be a vibrant show of the best talent the region has to offer.”

With a “Who’s Who” list of artists like Mikel Wintermantel, Eileen Weishan, Mike Weishan, Chris Stark, Dee Smith, Jil St. Ledger-Roty, Todd Plough, Ellen Paquette, Rose Nuszkowski, Anne Mormile, Penny Minner, Jennifer Miller, Keith McKale, Kristina McLeod, Tom Martin, Dawn Lombardi, Peter Jones, Elizabeth Jankowski, Barbara Fox, Karen Fitzpatrick, Patricia Eckstrom, Elliott Hutten, Sean Huntington, Denise Drummond, Robin Zefers Clark, John Balacki, Cherie Antle, and Jennie Acklin, looking for unique holiday gifts will be effortless this season.

“I’ve wanted to do RTA for a few years now, but timing and inventory has always been an issue,” said Wintermantel. “My community has always been supportive of me. I have had many people ask me to show locally.”

Although Wintermantel’s pieces are usually on the upper end of the price spectrum, he said he will be offering some limited edition prints, and smaller and more affordable oil paintings on new Arches oil paper. He said they “look exactly like my paintings on canvas and panel, but they are easier for me do because there is much less preparation. Hence I can price these at a more reasonable rate.”

Need a distraction for the kids while you check off your gift list? The Cattaraugus County Arts Council will be offering face painting for kids all day. From 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the vocal stylings of Chordiac Arrest will fill the air with holiday music.

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