The Patterson Library Octagon Gallery presents a virtual exhibition of the North Shore Arts Alliance.

The curator presents the novice and seasoned artists annually to the patrons to keep NSAA artists connected to the public. This showing is just a sample of the members submitting their new works. The Octagon Gallery continues to install exhibitions during this time virtually and hopes to adorn our beautiful gallery walls sometime soon to celebrate the end of a pandemic.  For now, we hope that our efforts bring our artists to your home to share with your friends and family.

thank you, Nancy Nixon Ensign, curator

North Shore Arts Alliance works on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. We are home to artists representing painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, wood, and mixed media. Our signature event is the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, held over Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend. We welcome you to join us to meet your neighbors, your passion, or simply escape into a vibrant world of color and creativity as you visit the artists in their hubs, studios, and gallerys’. As artists, we do work that is personal. The annual Chautauqua Lake Erie Art Trail Open Studio and Gallery Tour is an opportunity to visit the personal places where we live and create our work and get to know us. We live in and find our inspiration in one of the most beautiful, picturesque regions of New York State. As you travel to visit us, see what we see every day — verdant vineyards and fields, lush forests, rolling hills, and spectacular shorelines along Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake.

Marcia Merrins, Art Trail Artist and President of NSAA Justice Leage with RBG, Wonderwoman and Susan B. Anthony Ceramic and glazing, 15″ tall, $125 each As individualistic within the confines of their eras, three firebrands fomented profound changes for women spanning a century. Although Susan B. Anthony died in 1906, her life was singularly driven toward equality for women, realized in part in 1920. The intrepid Wonder Woman forever changed the image of a 1940’s woman from “damsel in distress” to empowerment.  The “notorious” Ruth Bader Ginsburg exemplified women who were firebrands. With her small stature and powerful presence, she was tireless and fierce in her beliefs. They are all plucky heroines, clear eyed to their cause and brave. More work she can be found at  Chautauua Lake Gallery and Erie Museum gallery store and Kniti Griti Works.

Nancy Nixon Ensign

Art Trail Artist & Vice President of NSAA and Exhibition Chair

“To the Lighthouse”
unframed acrylic on canvas with ink and collage, 8 x 10, $300 
“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.” Virginia Woolf. I continue to be inspired by classics to reflect upon and feed my soul.

 More of her artwork can be found at Portage Hill Gallery.

or nancynixonensign@gmail.com

Nancy Nixon Ensign

“There aren’t any other people that I’d rather be with at the end of the world than you.”
Acrylic on WC paper with collage, 11 x 17, $250
Quality of time is so different from quantity of time. Couples who want a deeper, richer connection need to invest in getting curious about one another. Not only in how their partner is spending their day, but truly searching for what makes them smile, blossom, feel moved, or hungry for life. We get lost in just moving through life and, in turn, our relationship without the ability to slow down and have deep intentionality about the ‘how’ we are connecting gets lost in the shuffle.

Susan Gutierrez
Art Trail Artist and NSAA Board Member
Up Potter’s Alley

Acrylic on canvas 18″×24″, $350

I am an artist living in Jamestown, NY. Chautauqua County has been my home for 41 years. Through my art, I try to capture the life and energy that surrounds us.

Susan Gutierrez

To the Trail
11″x 14″Acrylic on Canvas, $275

I use mostly a palette knife to pay tribute to the beauty that encompasses this region. My paintings are a way to share an experience; a recollection; a moment.

Susan Gutierrez

Field
11″x 14″ Acrylic on Canvas, $275

I hope that my paintings can be a conduit for viewers to recall a memory, stir an emotion, or transport them somewhere familiar.

Melissa Meyers

Art Trail Artist and NSAA Board Member
Bemus Landscape, acrylic on canvas. 24”x30″, $1,000

melissa@meyersny.com

Melissa Meyers
acrylic on canvas

Blue Abstract #42   10”x20”, $250

Melissa’s passion for art is one that loves to explore new ideas, new media, and use materials in ways they were not intended for. Sometimes even with good results. Her inspiration is found mainly in nature, which abounds in Chautauqua County. She works in traditional mediums, as well as alcohol inks, photography and mixed media.

melissa@meyersny.com

Melissa Meyers

Bemus Bay Sunset, acrylic on canvas. 16”x20”, $350 melissa@meyersny.com

Lisa Schultz Reflection Digital Photography 11 x 14, framed to 14 x 18, $95 lschultz18102@gmail.com
Lisa Schultz Heaven and Earth Digital Photography 11 x 14, framed to 14 x 18, $95 lschultz18102@gmail.com

Terry Lair

“Storm’s Coming”  

Medium  Carbothello Pastel Pencils, Pan Pastels  matted and framed 14 x 20, $225

“When the storm is swirling and shifting…lift your voice and call them home. The intense textures and subtle colors of the natural world influence my art. Whether it is drawing or painting, my work usually starts with a personal emotional reaction. I often see a “story” and my work evolves into a narrative, in which mood and viewer response are the primary goal.

teal55@windstream.net

Karen Glosser

Art Trail Artist and NSAA Social Media Advisor

Sunrise Morning
Various sizes and options starting at  $35

Karen’s most recent work has included creating fresh, new images for three of her long running series: Water, Woodlands and Wanderings, and Winter Dreams.

More of her artwork can be found at the Portage Hill Gallery. 

karenglosser@gmail.com

Karen Glosser


Dreaming

Various sizes and options starting at $35, karenglosser@gmail.com

Karen Glosser

Clear and Glassy


Various sizes and options, starting at $35
karenglosser@gmail.com

Carrie Shank
Delighted by Daisies
11 x 14 archival pigment ink giclee prints matted 16 x 20 with 19 x 23 lowprofile
black frames $300 
11 x 14 prints matted to 16 x 20 $95
tothetopcj@gmail.com
 

Carrie Shank
Self Reflection
11 x14 archival pigment ink giclee prints matted to 16 x 20 19×23 low-profile black frames
$300 ,11 x 14 prints matted to 16 x 20 $95

“When I am creating my art, I am transcended to a magical place
where people, nature, animals, and objects are all free to morph into
anything they want to be! This is the very special piece of my art, and of
myself, that I would be honored to share with you.”

More of her artwork can be found at Portage Hill Gallery.
tothetopcj@gmail.com

Carrie Shank Transformation 11 x14 archival pigment ink giclee prints matted to 16 x 20 with 19×23 low-profile black frames $300
11 x 14 prints matted to 16 x 20 $95 tothetopcj@gmail.com

Susan Barnes, Spirit Gallery
Art Trail Artist
Woman of the North
Acrylic on Canvas, $125

 Her mediumship studies led her to become a spirit artist. Her artwork can be found at Spirit Gallery.
susanbbarnes@gmail.com

Susan Barnes

Ancient Dreams
Acrylic on Canvas, $125
susanbbarnes@gmail.com

Susan Barnes


In Search of Gold
Acrylic on Canvas, $125
susanbbarnes@gmail.com

James East Landscape 1 oil on canvas, 6×6 james.east063@gmail.com

James East
Landscape 2
oil on canvas, 6×6

His attraction to the tradition of 19th and 20th century American painters can be especially noted in many of his landscapes, which show the influence of tonalist and impressionist artists.

More of his artwork can be found at Portage Hill Gallery. james.east063@gmail.com

James East
Landscape 3
oil on canvas, 6×6 inchesjames.east063@gmail.com

Mary Ann Jankowski Birch Trees
Watercolor
20 x 16 with mat (unframed)
$150
gmajank@yahoo.com
Mary Ann Jankowski
Winter Brook
Watercolor
20 x 16 with mat (unframed)
$150
 I would call myself an impulsive artist. I enjoy the freedom of escaping into the process of creating art. I am inspired by nature, people and travel, and would define myself as a “realist”. 
gmajank@yahoo.com
Mary Ann Jankowski
White Peonies
Watercolor
20 x 16 with mat (unframed)
$155
gmajank@yahoo.com

Barbara Del Monte

Cherry blossoms. Matted and framed to 16 by 20. $150  

Our first outing after the covid shut down last spring was to see the cherry blossoms at the historical museum in Buffalo. Their beauty and promise of better times gave me hope.

barbaradelmonte2@gmail.com

Barbara DelMonte

Water lilies, 8 by 10, White frame, $75.00.  These water lilies grow in our families summer place in Arkwright

 I have always loved the old fashioned delicacy of this flower and the contrast of its blood red center against the white petals
barbaradelmonte2@gmail.com

Barbara Del Monte
Queen Anne’s lace
11 by 14 ,$90
 
barbaradelmonte2@gmail.com,

Denise Williams, Living Glass Art Gallery owner

Art Trail Artist and NSAA Board Member

Wooden Bowl NFS

More of her artwork can be found at Living Glass Gallery

DeniseWilliams2@mac.com

Framed Watercolor NFS

DeniseWilliams2@mac.com

Framed Botanicals NFS

DeniseWilliams2@mac.com

Jill Mattson

Art Trail Artist

The Fisherman

24 x 36, $250

jillimattson@yahoo.com

Jill Mattson

Spirit Wind

18 x 30, $145

Jill’s creative spirit and her passion for deep spirituality define her artistic endeavors. Her award-winning books describe the ancient mathematical color and design elements, which shine through her vivid and alluring works of art. She has an entire published book dedicated to the scientific, use of colors, lines, and shapes and their personal benefits. 

More of her artwork can be found at Living Glass Gallery.

jillimattson@yahoo.com

Jill Mattson

Spirit of the Cathedral

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36, $175

jillimattson@yahoo.com

Cynthia Norton

Art Trail Artist
Jacket made from a blend of silk and linen and hand-painted.  Goes in the washer and dryer.
To order from the artist.  $375
The jacket is painted using a rubbing technique that the artist discovered by leaving a piece of wet, painted diaphanous fabric to dry over the back of a cane chair.  When it was dry it had the pattern of the cane rather than the intended pattern.  This sparked exasperation at first and then a stream of ideas.
cynthia@cynthianortondesigns.com

Cynthia Norton
Silk chiffon hand-painted sheer jacket, $275


Here the paint is dripped in liquid form over the finished garment and then allowed to dry.  After that, it can be washed or dry-cleaned. Perfect for a summer wedding or garden party.
cynthia@cynthianortondesigns.com

Cynthia Norton
Hand-painted top made from a blend of silk and linen that has a ribbed texture woven into it.
To order from the artist.  $425
To paint this top the artist cuts out the pieces first, then paints the pieces separately, then has her seamstress sew them together.  Dragging the brush over the ribbing in the fabric creates broken lines, and a special brush is used for splattering.

cynthia@cynthianortondesigns.com

 

Thomas Annear
Art Trail Artist
“Blueberry Farm view of Mount Monadnock, NH”

10”x20”, $600

“Adventure meets quiet contemplation in my paintings. From the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons to the old-growth forests of Western New York his paintings capture the grandeur and beauty of the American landscape”

thomasannear@gmail.com

Thomas Annear
View of Aran Islands, Doolin, Ireland”

 10”x 20”, NFS

thomasannear@gmail.com

Sarah Millspaw
Fowler -Kellogg Building at Chautauqua Institution

Pen and ink on paper
sarahmillspaw@gmail.com

Sarah Millspaw

pen and ink on paper

Sarah Brown-Millspaw’s love of arts and crafts, combined with her lineage, made for an easy career choice.

sarahmillspaw@gmail.com

Sarah Millspaw

pen and ink on paper

sarahmillspaw@gmail.com

Audrey Kay Dowling, Portage Hill Gallery owner

Art Trail Artist
We Share the Same Moon- watercolor- 30 x 22.5  $850

portagehillgallery.com

Audrey Kay Dowling
Sweet Sings of Spring – mixed media- 21 x 23  $2,500

I use my work to convey a deep appreciation of the natural world. Form is beautiful, color is exciting, movement is visually stimulating, and texture and patterns open inspire me to express myself. I enjoy using many different art mediums.

Audrey Kay Dowling Terrain – Stoneware- three piece – 22 x 15 x 11 $850

Ken Gamble

Kubrick Shopping, photograph,$25 kengamble@velocity.net

Ken Gamble

Conversation Piece #2, $50 kengamble@velocity.net

Ken Gamble

 Kubrick Laundering, photograph, $25

kengamble@velocity.net

Carolyn Grady
Without a Path — 9″ h x 12″ w sight size   9.5″h x 12.5″ w x 1.5″ d framed $225

The wildness of places deeply touches me. I paint them in strong colors and focus on the strength of shapes and the inherent flow or movement in the piece. carolyngrady@gmail.com

Carolyn Grady
Midsummer —  12″h x 16″ w sight      13.5 “ h x 17.5” w x 1.75” d framed   
Price: $325.00

These three paintings are from a recent series of oil paintings, called PASSAGES.

Places then become portals for emotions and imagination. Each rocky mass and body of water, every landscape has its own character that changes hour to hour –  as do our inner lives. My paintings are meditations on place, time, and self.

carolyngrady@gmail.com

Carolyn Grady
Pool — 12″ h x 16″ w sight    13.5 “ h x 17.5” w x 1.75” d framed 
Price: $325.00
carolyngrady@gmail.com
Carrie Tredo
Floral #1
Mixed media on 20 x 20 canvas
$475
 
All work is available for sale and in-person viewing at the Chautauqua Art Gallery
Carrie Tredo
Floral #2
Mixed media on 24×24 canvas
$425
 Carrie Tredo
Floral #3
Mixed media on 24×24 canvas
$425

Ronnie Lafferty
Good Morning on the Farm
WC on WC paper,$325

I love to paint watercolors. As a self-trained artist, I create representational images of the things in my life that I am passionate about. I love the vivid colors and the way light filters through from the paper. The subjects chosen are inspired by the natural world around me. Creation boasts of variety. No two skies, flowers, or people are the same. I hope you can soak up the beauty of nature when viewing.
Ronnielafferty60@gmail.com

Trenton Lutes
Metallurgy: Interference
Acrylic and Wood
23 1/2″H x 9″Wm
Fall 2020
$723
 
Trenton Lutes Metallurgy: Iridescent Acrylic and Wood 7 1/4″H x 21 3/4″W Spring 2021 $657 Metallurgy: the branch of science and technology concerned with the properties of metals and their production and purification. Dabbling in the artistic idea of metallurgy, Lutes has produced his metallic works from wood and acrylic paint.  The many layers of applied acrylics lends the works depth and the appearance of being cast from materials like iron and gold, while the choice of carved, cut and drilled pieces of wood lends a sense of weight.  Combined, the pieces can fool the eye into believing that the works are indeed much heavier than they truly are.  Leading the viewer to contemplate the possibility, even for a moment, that they were truly created through the science of metallurgy. trenton@toastedwafflestudios.com”
Trenton Lutes
Metallurgy: Micaceous
Acrylic and Wood
43 1/2″H x 11 1/4″W
Fall 2020
$943
 

Anastasia McNeal , Art Trail Artist

Vintage Lucite Bangles, $425 each.

Anastasia’s interest in building and design— particularly involving jewelry— endured to what has evolved into a nuanced process of repurposing and reinterpreting seemingly “useless”  objects, each reborn from a dynamic inventory of found elements.

Anastasia McNeal

Soft Sculpture Earrings of vintage textile fringe, various mixed metals, repurposed leather, $265 

Anastasia McNeal 

Golden resin “Chunk” rings (size 6-7) $175 

To View/purchase additional work: #studio_anastasiamcneal

(Instagram) @vintage.anastasiamcneal (Facebook page) 

citycat7@gmail.com

Rachel Brown

Lake Erie Vineyard, soft pastel on paper,16 x 20, $600

These works represent a departure from the focus on pattern that characterized my creative endeavors B.C.(before Coronavirus.) They are a return, in a sense, to a more traditional, representational form; and one that I practiced many years ago. Back then, an offhand comment from my young son caused me to rethink my approach when he likened drawing from life to “copying,” – a skill perhaps, but not ART.

reb-brown@comcast.net

Rachel Brown

Railroad Crossing, soft pastel on paper, 16 x 20, $800

reb-brown@comcast.net

Now, with this enforced solitude, I am rediscovering the joys and challenges of transcribing visual perceptions. As Paul Cezanne once said, “Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations.”   

Rachel Brown

 Long Point Winter, soft pastel on paper,  16 x 20, $600  

reb-brown@comcast.net

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Please support your local artists by purchasing original works from the artists instead of the “big box” stores.  Visit studios, galleries, or art hubs to keep your art friends in the business. 

 

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