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Allegany Artisans Tour This Weekend

Peter Midgely of Wellsville demonstrates the raku firing process.

Not Just “Country Art”

If you’re looking for pumpkins and scarecrows during the Allegany Artisans Studio Tour, you’ll be disappointed. The oldest continuous studio tour in the country takes place just an easy day trip away from Buffalo: The Allegany Artisans Studio Tour on Oct. 19-20 from 10 to 5 each day. But don’t be fooled by the scenic rural setting; the artwork ranges from classic and Victorian to funky and “artrageous”.

“The Studio Tour began in 1987 and we had 8 artisans participating,” reports Elaine Hardman, Studio Tour Director. “This year’s tour has 50 working artisans across 41 studios, with every media imaginable: glass, wood, metal, clay, enamel, paper, tin cans, fabric. You name it, we got it.”

What makes the Studio Tour interesting is that many artisans offer demonstrations of how their work is created. Peter Midgley of Wellsville demonstrates the Raku firing process; others demonstrate painting, metal stamping, woodcarving and woodturning. You also know you’re in the country when you can view timber framing in Alfred Station and see taxidermy in Wellsville.

“Each studio is very different,” remarks Hardman. “Some are in houses, some are in barns, and some are professional shops. However, against the backdrop of all are our beautiful rolling hills with the last of the autumn leaves. Oh, and don’t forget the free refreshments!” she offers with a smile.

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