Editor’s note: This is the second 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. This code will help plot a course around the county for the Hub Crawl.
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.
Tina Ames (Artsy Garden – Bemus Point) — Ames was born and raised in Western New York. His work is shown below. Classically trained in the arts, she graduated in the late 80s. While raising two sons with her husband, she established numerous businesses including a picture frame shop/gallery, cafe, gift shop and a cookie company…successfully selling them years later to get into the corporate world. This break from the entrepreneurial and creative world to the business world did not leave time for Tina to create. A bad case of shingles forced her to stay in bed for several months – allowing her to start “doodle” again with what she had – markers and paper. This “Gift of Shingles” as she calls it, it made her realize that her true wish was to return to the world of creation. In 2014, Tina began successfully selling her inspirational prints, cards and decks and is now in gift shops across the country.
Susan Forrester-Mackay (Kniti Griti Works Hub – Fredonia; work pictured above.) — I’m a child of the 60s where beauty, love and peace would change the world. I create works of art because the beauty of the process is the best mind-altering state I have ever experienced. The need to touch, feel, respond and communicate human emotions within the landscape of the human form is enormous. The subject of human beings and their interactions is an inexhaustible source of fascination for me; therefore, most of my work is figurative and evocative, focusing on the variety of everyday human gestures.
Matt McNaughton (Farmboy Enterprises – Forestville) — “It’s a good life.” Animals and sculpting are Matt McNaughtan’s passions, as a wildlife artist he dives deep into them and it shows. Matt is a new artist from Western New York landing in the midst of COVID 2020 with his wife and four children. He grew up on a farm in Utah where he taught high school art for a decade creating Farmboy Art. Matt loves his home studio, happily sculpting whimsical pets, farm, zoo and ocean animals – if he doesn’t have the animal you’re looking for, he’ll happily carve it. manufacture for you!
Susan Simmons (LMNOP Gallery – Sherman) – Susan Simmons, artist and entrepreneur, primarily focuses on landscapes, portraits and abstract paintings in all mediums. With over 50 years of experience in painting, Susan surprises her clients and admirers with her unique artistry, yet her signature style still shines. Collectors and fans of Susan rave about the versatility of collecting her works. She believes this is an era for uplifting herself and others through intrigue and imagination. She is passionate about the creative process and delights those who appreciate and cherish fine art.
Cynthia Norton (Cynthia Norton Designs – Chautauqua) – Cynthia Norton grew up in Chautauqua and graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969, earning a BFA with honors and a major in sculpture. His career has included a range of artistic pursuits. Since 1987 she has run her own business, Cynthia Norton Designs, producing hand-painted textiles and specializing in hand-painted clothing for sophisticated, artistically inclined women (and sometimes men). The mission is to help people look their best with beautiful garments that reveal the hand of the artist, enliven, are comfortable and easy to care for, suit the individual and allow them to shine.
Patrick Stokes (Thomas Annear Art Hub – Fredonia) — I consider myself a portrait photographer, whether my subject is a person or a landscape, and I approach both with wonder, curiosity and admiration. I started my photographic journey in a dark room at 14 and over the years I drifted in and out of capturing images over the years. Being a tech fanatic, I bought my first digital camera in 2001 and gradually started cultivating my passion for capturing images. With the advent of cell phone cameras and computer imaging, I took the leap into fine art photography with the acquisition of state-of-the-art lenses and cameras. For me, photography is time travel and as a world traveler and science fiction enthusiast, I hope that one day, a millennium from now, someone will discover one of my images and be transported in time. Follow my explorations on Instagram or visit my website.