Holiday Valley Resort To Host Winter Arts Festival

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council will hold its second annual Winter Arts Festival this weekend. Pictured in pottery by Elliott Hutten. Photo by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council

ELLICOTTVILLE — The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) will feature some of the region’s most talented fine artists and artisans at its second annual Winter Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville.

Hosted at Holiday Valley’s main lodge, the juried show and sale is free and open to the public on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A variety of artwork will be on display including original handmade gifts, paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, baskets, wood carving and fiber arts. In addition to giving friends and family one-of-a-kind gifts, shoppers will be supporting local artists and artisans.

Artists returning for the second year include John Balacki (painting), Judson Brown (painting), Evelyn Brumwell (fiber), Charlotte Cappellino (painting, printmaking and photography), Pamela Delyannis (ceramics), Karen Fitzpatrick (glass), Elliott Hutten (ceramics), Tom Martin (photography), Keith McKale (wood), Deborah Moyer (jewelry), Rose Nuszkowski (glass), Ellen Paquette (painting and fiber), Carolyn Raine (jewelry), Eileen Weishan (Fiber), Michael Weishan (photography), Mikel Wintermantel (painting), Lisa Yohon (jewelry) and Robin Zefers Clark (painting).

“As a functional potter, I appreciate this opportunity to put my work on display along with so many other excellent artists and craftspeople,” said CCAC Artist Member Elliott Hutten of Hog Shed Studio Pottery.

Ten new artists have joined CCAC this year and will also display their artwork at the show including Laura McCormick (jewelry), Maria Welka (jewelry and mixed media), Greg Souchik (painting), Carey Welch (painting) who was once part of the Routes to Art program is new to the Winter Arts Festival, Bev Fehringer (ceramics), Myra Johnston (painting, drawing & wood), Bobby Sader (wood), Jesse Szalc (wood), Len Curran (jewelry), and Marshall Green (ceramics).

Laura McCormick, who creates “Steampunk” jewelry, is new to CCAC. She currently lives in Ohio, but plans to relocate to Olean in the near future. She participated in the Art in the Park event earlier this year. Although not a trained artist, McCormick has been creating jewelry for about 15 years. In the beginning, she focused on semi-precious stones and sterling silver, but has been making Steampunk for about five years.

McCormick said Steampunk, at its most basic, is Victorian-Style Science Fiction. It’s based on mechanisms and machines, gadgets and gizmos. She said most of these pieces retain Victorian stylings of brass, mahogany and fine metal filigree — harking back to an era when machinery wasn’t just useful, but beautiful as well. When she came across the Steampunk genre, it immediately “spoke” to her.

While creating Steampunk jewelry, she has the opportunity to take unique and beautiful, but lost or forgotten, pieces of history and give them a new life and chance to be appreciated.

“The Cattaraugus County Arts Council has opened doors for me to friendships and networking opportunities with other talented artists and art enthusiasts who share ideas and delight in artistic expression,” she said. “I look forward to meeting more great people at the Winter Arts Festival, in Ellicottville.”

Myra Johnston, of Cattaraugus, is another new artist this year. She paints primarily in oils, acrylics and water, but also painted china in the 70s. About 26 years ago, Johnston started making wooden rocking horses for her grandchildren. She’s been perfecting her rocking horses since, and has her own copyrighted pattern. Anyone wanting to make their own can purchase an unfinished horse and pattern. At the show, she’ll be offering some of her rocking horses and paintings on boxes, as well as some framed paintings on canvas.

With the exception of her rocking horses, Johnston said she hadn’t painted in 30 years and started up again about five years ago after she retired from nursing.

According to Johnston, she’s been interested in the arts council for a long time and decided to join and see what they are all about. She participated in the Member Show this year and said it was the first time she had done anything with the CCAC. She has also exhibited in Chautauqua County and the Letchworth Arts and Crafts show.

“There are so many nice people in CCAC. I’m happy to be a part of the arts council and to get my work out there,” she said.

Many area businesses support arts and culture in the region and have graciously donated raffle baskets. Festival-goers may purchase tickets for a chance to win items from Studio 4 East, Four Mile Brewing, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, a knife set courtesy of Cutco, two season tickets to Olean Community Theater, the Winery of Ellicottville, Mager Mountain Alpacas, four tickets to a University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Bromeley Family Theater event, Ravyn & Robyn, KABOBS in Bradford, Wingate by Wyndham hotel, Gallery 14731, and a special basket from CCAC.

“It’s really nice to have support from businesses that recognize the value of arts and culture in the communities. Knowing they think it’s important, too, gives us a boost and helps us keep doing what we do,” said Executive Director Tina Hastings.

The Winter Arts Festival is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council with special support from Holiday Valley Lodge, the Ellicottville Times and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

For more information about the event and the arts council, call 372-7455, email or visit online at