Tour and shop local art today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm
Thirty-two artists throughout Allegany County will open in twenty-five working studios during the 33rd annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour. After being cancelled last year due to Covid, the artisans have decided to carefully resume this free event that involves a scenic autumn drive through gentle hills and historic towns to discover a wide range of talented artists and craftspeople where they work.
The artisans all have diverse styles, tastes, and traditions and they create work in clay, wood, metal, glass, wax, fiber, precious metals, found objects, gems, paint, and more. This adventure can lead you to a variety of unique locations where you can acquire treasures, have interesting conversations with artists, and enjoy refreshments. Perhaps it is not too early to think about holiday shopping or to find something for yourself, buying local with a personal experience attached.
One of the longest running “open studios” in western New York, over the decades this group of artists has worked diligently to develop and promote a successful annual cooperative event. Many of the Allegany Artisans have established an audience and market through participation in regional, national, and international exposure as well. Some studios have regular hours or are open by appointment the rest of the year.
Due to uncertainties involving Covid at the time of the event, many artist participants will post requirements for guests entering their studios. Some will require masks, limit the number of people allowed in at any one time, or move their studio displays outdoors. As Covid changes, we may have to “play it by ear.” If you have questions about visiting any of the studios, contact information for each artist is posted on the Allegany Artisans website. Visitors should feel welcomed and safe, able to come out and enjoy the tour around Allegany County after our year of relative isolation.
Find the tour map and any last-minute updates on the Allegany Artisans website and pick up a printed brochure at any of the participating studios. The Artisans are grateful and wish to thank you for support in making this successful and fun event happen again this year.