“Spruceline”, by Sean Huntington Open House March 29-30 to benefit EVGV Trail at Sean Huntington and Patricia Eckstrom Art Studio in Ellicottville

By Eva Potter

World-class artists living and producing original artwork that is held in private collections all over the world — yes, these talented individuals reside all around us in the Southern Tier. They work quietly, often from home studios creating pieces so spectacular that their works are sought by U.S. and international collectors.

It’s really true. You don’t have to visit New York City, Chicago or San Francisco to find mind-blowing original artwork. It’s all right here in Cattaraugus County, and one of the best ways to see this talent firsthand is to drive around the county on Routes to Art weekend, May 17–18.

You won’t believe the fun you’ll have on the ultimate artistic road trip when you visit Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. As you travel from studio to studio, you’ll get an unprecedented look at 42 artists creating, imagining, and selling their wares. Just look for Routes to Art banners and signs at open locations.

• Be a trendsetter and reap the benefits — and there are many.

• Become part of the buy local movement and invest in the fabric of the community.

• Support local artists and create a cohesive look at affordable with a big-city look, but without big-city prices.

• Our regional artists are insanely generous, donating tens of thousands of dollars in artwork every year to causes near and far. Who knows, maybe they’ll help you someday.

• By collecting regionally your collection tells a story and records history.

• Local art deserves a respected place in your home or business.

• When you own original art, it’s all yours — no copies, no knockoffs.

So take a break from yard work and follow the back roads, try that little diner, pop into an antique store or shop, witness creativity, and see our beautiful region through the fresh eyes of a tourist.

Just make sure you have an empty trunk, because you’re sure to bring back an original treasure to enjoy for years to come.

Artist information, a map and more about Routes to Art weekend can be found at