‘Lake’ affects artists differently

RIPLEY The first collaboration of the North Shore Arts Alliance, and North East Arts Council is a mixed media art exhibition entitled “Lake Effect” which opened on Friday at the Sensory Winery and Gallery located at 10593 Route 20 in Ripley.

Christine French, the chairperson of the NEAC, said, “I am proud of the fact that the two arts alliances have come together for this exhibit.”

Trent Lutes, an artist and the exhibition chairperson for NSAA, said the two groups have been talking about doing a joint show for years. He said the name of the show came up at a meeting with the board of the NEAC and both organizations agreed to it.

French explained the name, saying, “The lake is such an important part of this area. It affects all of us in many ways. It brings a smile to people’s faces. It speaks to the people here.”

The two art groups share a common landscape, a beautiful rural area of water and agricultural products such as grapes.

Although in this area lake effect refers mainly to Lake Erie and the snow, French hastened to add that the show is not limited to Lake Erie and snow. She pointed out that there are other lakes and streams as well that affect the residents.

The juried gallery art show features over 70 pieces of art by local artists from both the NSAA and NEAC. All artwork reflects an interpretation of water as depicted through photography, oil, sculpture, glass, mixed media, encaustic painting, and watercolor.

Lutes explained that a juried art exhibit means that the pieces are chosen, in contrast to an open show. He said most of the work is two-dimensional (like paintings) but there are some pieces of sculpture. Most of the works are for sale and he said there is a large range of prices.

The Sensory Winery and Gallery is owned by Kevin Daughrity. The winery produces specialized wines through careful blending and the gallery gives artists a place to exhibit special works that require an artistic blending. The establishment is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Effect will run through March 30.

According to Robert Lorei, the manager, “Art and wine are part of a common culture.”

North Shore Art Alliance members featured in the show include James Hoggard, Carrie Tredo, Barbara DelMonte, Thomas Annear, Christine Davis Mantai, Ronnie Lafferty, Trenton Lutes and Susan Wolfe.

North East Arts Council members featured in the show include John Ballard, Laura Mikula, Susan Wolfe, Bryan Toy, Christine French, MaryAnn Larsen, Sarah Frye, and Toni Kelly.

The show is hosted by Sensory Winery & Gallery located at 10593 Route 20 in Ripley. Sensory Winery & Gallery winter hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The show is scheduled to run through March 30.

The North Shore Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit co-operative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. It seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens the county’s image, economic vitality and quality of life. The Arts Alliance offers juried membership to local artists as well as membership opportunities for individuals and businesses who want to support efforts to promote and integrate the arts into everyday life in the community.

The North East Arts Council was formed to encourage and stimulate an appreciation of the arts in the community of North East, Pa. By making artistic and culturally enriching activities available as part of the welcoming environment, it hopes to enhance the already significant quality of life in its community.

For more than 20 years, the North East Arts Council has presented artistic and cultural programs throughout the year to engage its members, area artists and the public who live nearby or visit the region as part of the lake shore tourism.

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