** NEXT EVENT: VIRTUAL FIRST SATURDAY (MONTHLY)
Saturday, September 5, 2020, 7:00pm:
You’ll be able to register for this zoom event on this page by August 20th.
Watch the August 1st, First Saturday event HERE ON YOU TUBE.
For our August event, 11 artists on the Art Trail spoke about and showed us their work. Gary Bercow, Celia Bowers, Sue Brightly, Brian Keeler, Barbara Mink, Kari Robertson, Robert Roemisch, Michael Sampson, Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Mark Tucker and Ethel Vrana! It was GREAT!
You can visit the artist’s art trail page and their own website from this site. Feel free to contact any of the artists anytime if you are interested in their work! They’d love to hear from you!
We know our annual group exhibit will be a virtual exhibit and it may also be an actual exhibit hung in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture at 110 N. Tioga Street in the CAP ArtSpace. Each artist will have one piece in the show. On Gallery Night, October 2nd, from 5pm to 8pm, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance will host a live event with video and artist interactions.
About half of the artists on the Art Trail hope to welcome visitors to their studios on these October weekends. We will also have lots of virtual events to include demos, workshops, panels and artist talks! Please check out the artists’ websites anytime and consider buying locally made original art!
NOW IN IT’S 21st YEAR
and with over 5,000 studio visits each year, the Art Trail continues to grow and gain visitor anticipation. Explorers on the trail will find painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, fiber artists, ceramists, makers of fine furniture, collage artists, illustrators, mixed media artists, digital artists, creators of decorative functional art, and a blacksmith. Some studios are in downtown Ithaca, while others are along rural roads with hayfields as neighbors. Some are in cozy living rooms and some spaces are as interesting as the work itself. From scraps of paper and shards of glass to an unfinished canvas or the smell of wet clay, an artist’s studio contains countless clues as to what lies beneath their work.
Many visitors come to browse, taking advantage of seeing art where it is created. The artists are happy to talk about their creative process and hope that visitors gain a new appreciation of the art-making process. Those who are on a quest to buy fine art will find work priced from $10 to $8,000 and everything in between. Artists on the trail offer a broad collection of original work at a wide variety of prices. Purchasing art can be an exhilarating experience. Meeting and connecting with the artist is part of that experience!
Robin Schwartz, Program Director of the Community Arts Partnership, coordinates the Trail. “This is truly an outstanding event. Not only does Tompkins County have a wealth of amazing artists, it’s also a beautiful area to visit, especially in October when the fall foliage is at its peak. 41 studios means 41 adventures.
We hope visitors spread the word to all of their art loving friends and enjoy this adventure together. One 2018 visitor commented: “I had so much fun … and the artists were so terrific, I grabbed some friends and went the next weekend as well!”