Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Upcoming Artisan Trail Event October 14-16

Art Beat for October
October is National Arts and Humanities month, hoot, hoot! We have a fabulous line-up of assorted events to celebrate in so many ways and with so many artists, studios, galleries and shop from our Pennsylvania Wilds Region. 
The classes in the ECCOTA gallery include Ray Biemel's digital photography class starting 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, and ending on 10/25 at 6:30-8:00pm. Please call ECCOTA at 772- 7051 to find out more from this very talented photographer.
Our big event for the month will be The Art on the EDGE Artisan Trail with Openhouses throughout the region. Each "trail-goer" will be provided with a map and rack card of trail stops including artist studios, galleries, wineries, farms, and artisan fooderies. The rack card outlines the 14 participating trail stops, including Laughing Dog Mosaics, Cats Eye Stained Glass, Flower Ridge Studio, Pontzer's Portrait Studio, Elk Mountain Winery, Grant's Pass Wrought Iron & Antiques, Donelle's Gift Shop, Nuthatch Studio, Flemish House Art Gallery and Jewelry Studio, The Winery at Wilcox, Elkwood Arts, Shop on Main and the Elk County Council on the Arts.
The weekend long event kicks off with an open house mixer Friday, October 14 from 7pm-9pm at the Winery in Wilcox, 1867 Mefferts Run Road in Wilcox. The event continues on Saturday, October 15 with open houses at participating trail stops between 10 and 5 (times may vary per location and are listed on the rack card) The weekend will round out on Sunday October 16 with open houses at participating stops from 11:00 to 3:00. All weekend events are open to the public and are free to attend. Times will be listed on the rack card and may vary between participating locations.
Funding for the event was made possible by support from the Elk County Hotel Tax Grant program, administered by the Northwest Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.
The Art on the EDGE event fits in perfectly with the Arts and Humanities push for the month with not only the visual arts featuring artists and studios but, also the stops featuring a bit of the literary arts with book signings from 2 different local authors located at ECCOTA and The Flemish House Art Gallery and Jewelry Studio. ECCOTA will be presenting its 10th Annual Benefit Concert at the Grace Episcopal Church, 216 Center Street in Ridgway from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. which fills in that lovely performing arts facet.  
A more detailed description is available from particapating trail stop's websites and physical locations.
You can find more links at from the participating stops if you are wanting to find out more, more, more ;) 
To quote our most fabulous Executive Director Abbi Peters: “The goal of the Art on the Edge trail is to promote local artists, artisans and businesses while providing a welcome opportunity of outside visitors to our region to experience the cultural and artistic flavors of Elk County while they also revel in the riotous fall colors”.
Thank-you for taking a break with me!
Stephanie Distler board member and artist,
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~Elk County  Council on the Arts has written Art Beats in the local papers for quite a few years now.  I was asked to put together one for October and then our brand spankin' new Gallery Coordinator will take over the duty of getting the artie words out there. Welcome Kelly Carver, we can't wait to see the magic. 

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