WILCOX – The Art on the Edge first ever Artisan Trail Open House will be held this weekend. The event kicks off Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at The Winery at Wilcox. The event runs through Sunday, Oct. 16.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, open houses at participating trail stops will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also on Saturday there will be an open house mixer and book signing with Dale Fox at the Elk County Council on the Arts from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a benefit concert at the Grace Episcopal Church to follow from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The trail is to promote local artists, artisans and businesses while providing outside visitors the opportunity to experience Elk County’s culture.
The event is in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities month, which is the month of October. This is a pilot project for Art on the Edge, which is a subsidiary of ECCOTA. The event’s marketing and brochures are funded by a grant from the Elk County Hotel Tax Committee administered by the Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.
Stephanie Distler, artist and owner of the Flemish House Art Gallery in Johnsonburg and a member of the team of Art on the Edge, is excited about this weekend’s upcoming events.
“This allows people to join us as a group to enhance the cultural experience of art in the area,” Distler said. “It is to show people the galleries and promote local artists in the area.”
Further, Distler explains how the area’s retail options have been misconstrued.
“People think that there’s nothing here, but this gives them a thought of worth of their county,” she said. “This shows them it is worth staying and shopping in the area.”
Distler’s gallery will be a stop on the artisan trail. She will be featuring a new line of pendant jewelry along with other area artists including, Patricia Eckstrom, Molly O’Bryon-Welpott, and Barbara Redmond Kronenwetter. Eckstrom is a mixed media artist. O’Bryon-Welpott is a photographer. This open house will be Redmond Kronenwetter’s first art show displaying her works entitled Flights of Fancy. Also at the Flemish House on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a book signing by Robert Ford, author of Beagle Tales. Ford was first on the Sunbury Press bestseller list for September and he was originally from Johnsonburg.
Besides the Flemish House, there are stops all throughout the region including St. Marys, Sigel, Benezette, Kersey, Weedville, Ridgway and Wilcox. Each trail stop has donated an item to be included in door prizes. At each stop a sticker will be received, and depending on the amount of stickers collected, entry into a drawing for prizes will occur.