On May 18 and 19, 2013, Routes to Art weekend, artists around the region will open their homes, studios and businesses to welcome visitors and present their artwork.

Now in its sixth year, Routes to Art (RTA) is an annual, self-guided, open-studio artists’ tour taking place in Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians. The weekend will showcase work from 35 participating artists who work in painting, jewelry, basket weaving, ceramics, drawing, beadwork, painted porcelain, photography, fabric, sculpture and wood carving.

Anne Conroy-Baiter, Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s executive director said, “This year, we’re focusing the tour around the county’s center. Ellicottville, Salamanca, Little Valley, Cattaraugus and Irving will form an easy driving loop, more manageable and accessible to visitors coming in from Buffalo and Canada.”

In past years, visitors were sometimes unable to visit every artist on the tour due to the sheer size of the county. The new, centralized loop will allow visitors to easily enjoy the full tour during either a day trip or the full weekend.

Routes to Art will feature 35 artists this year, including 10 from the Seneca Nation and six new regional artists.

Ms. Conroy-Baiter noted, “We’re particularly excited to be adding a selection of new artists to the tour. Ellen Paquette of Warren, Pa., will be featuring her line of Wee Beasties, a selection of plush dolls, puppets, and imaginative animals. Jennifer Karns of Ellicottville will be showing her photographs of the beautiful natural surroundings of Western New York. And Charlene Kickbush of Cattaraugus will be selling her handmade books. Repeat visitors will be able to enjoy many of their favorite artists who are returning this year, while adding in a few new artists to the mix.”

Routes to Art offers a unique opportunity to explore the scenic countryside and discover the hidden talents that Cattaraugus County has to offer. Visitors are guaranteed to enjoy this sneak-peek into the inner workings of the art world and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from the hands that created it.

For more information about Routes to Art and to request or print a brochure, visit routestoart.com, or contact CCAC at info@myartscouncil.net 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 www.myartscouncil.net.

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