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Editor’s Note: This is the third of four rounds for the Hub Crawl, which takes place May 28-29.
As artists, we do personal work. The annual studio and gallery tour of the Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail is an opportunity to visit places where we live and create. We find inspiration in one of New York State’s most beautiful and scenic areas. As you travel to visit us, see what we see every day – verdant vineyards and fields, lush forests, rolling hills and dramatic shorelines along Lakes Erie and Chautauqua.
Using the camera of your mobile phone, take a picture of this QR code to find our website with an interactive map and artists.
There are 24 artists on the North Shore Arts Alliance Art Trail Hub Crawl.
Today we will present six artists. Find us in next weekend’s edition.
¯ Susan Gutierrez (Bemus Point Hub – Bemus Point) — I’m an artist living in Jamestown. Chautauqua County has been my home for over 40 years. Through my art, I try to capture the life and energy that surrounds us. I primarily use a palette knife to pay homage to the beauty that encompasses this region. My paintings are a way to share an experience; a memory; a moment. I hope my paintings can be a way for viewers to recall a memory, stir up an emotion, or transport them to a familiar place.
¯ Tom Janik (Thomas Annear Art – Fredonia) — Tom is a retired chemistry teacher. Alongside his career in chemistry, Tom had a lifelong interest in photography from the age of 11 with a Brownie camera. Tom’s photography focuses on landscapes and the natural world. Photography has the particularity of extracting, revealing and recording the beauty that often goes unnoticed. Tom draws inspiration from many great landscape photographers such as Elliot Porter, but also photographers whose images have a graphic art quality, eg Pete Turner. Tom has a recent book of Lake Erie photographs to view and/or purchase.
¯ Jessie Simmons (Wayfaring Potter Hub – Fredonia) – Jessie is a full-time studio potter and instructor in Erie, PA with a bachelor’s degree in ceramics from Alfred University. She is currently Studio Director at Erie ClaySpace and is a Registered Teaching Artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In both of these roles, Jessie strives to bring quality artistic experiences to as many people in the region as possible. Its pots are made with the intention of bringing beauty and joy to everyday moments of life.
¯ Denise Williams (Living Glass Art Gallery – Westfield) – The Living Glass Gallery is now located at 71 East Main Street in beautiful historic downtown Westfield NY. Living Glass Gallery is a proud sponsor of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail and features original glass works by artist and owner Denise Williams, as well as exhibits of works by several local artists working in pottery, glass jewelry of sea, photography, painting, soft sculpture and ceramic sculpture.
¯ Audrey Kay Dowling (Portage Hill Gallery Hub – Westfield) — I use my work to convey a deep appreciation for the natural world. The shape is beautiful, the color is exciting, the movement is visually stimulating, and the texture and open patterns inspire me to express myself. I enjoy using many different artistic mediums. I attended SUNY New Paltz where I got my BS in Art Education. I also have a masters degree from SUNY Fredonia. I continue to expand my artistic training through several ceramic, painting and engraving workshops. After teaching for 30 years, I am now a full-time award-winning artist and gallery owner at Portage Hill Gallery.
¯ Julie Kleven (Appendix 45 – Westfield) — Julie talks passionately about her first discovery of painting. Painting was once a lifelong desire. As she remembers, he had “faded and was almost forgotten” because at “sixty years old, (I was) legally blind with legs weakened by multiple sclerosis.” One day, while in Westfield, New York, Julie remembers seeing a vacant building near Main Street. “I saw a number to call. I knew in the second what I was supposed to do. It was shortly after that day that Annex 25 was born. Julie adds, “energized, I saw a space for celebration, new beginnings for artists…, inspiring the most passionate collector – a space to embrace individuality, creative expression and soul-awakening experiences that engage all the senses.”