The 23rd annual Greater Ithaca Art Trail has begun!
From October 7th to 17th, artists on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail invite the public into their world through live and zoom events.
35 of the 50 artists on the Trail will hold Open Studios on two Saturdays and Sundays, October 9th and 10th, and October 16th and 17th, from 11am to 5pm each day.
On Thursdays and Fridays, October 7th and 8th, and October 14th and 15th, there will be free zoom conversations with artists, workshops about re-claiming creativity, and on social media.
Visit ArtTrail.com to read about and see the work of all 50 Art Trail artists, watch some videos, and download the brochure/map (or e-mail to have one sent to you!). Find out who is open for Open Studios and see the list of zoom events.
The artists on the Trail are very diverse! There are painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, fiber artists, ceramists, makers of fine furniture, collage artists, illustrators, mixed media artists, jewelers, digital artists, and creators of decorative functional art. The artists are thrilled to share their passion for their art, and show off what they’ve been working on.
The Art Trail is a wonderful addition to Tompkins County’s artistic offerings. Not only do we 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. Explorers can travel Ithaca and the rural county roads, with beautiful scenery and artist studios as their destinations.
A 2020 visitor on the trail said “I was blown away by the quality of the art that I saw and the really cool art studios that I visited. And I didn’t expect all the wonderful conversations I ended up having with the artists and other visitors! The Art Trail is such a unique and special event. And when you combine visiting such great artists with the beauty of the area, this is definitely going to be an annual event for me and I’ll be sure to bring heaps of friends!”
Robin Schwartz, CAP Program Director says, “Before 2021, the Art Trail was solely live studio visits. The pandemic gave us the opportunity to rethink how we connect artists with audiences. The added zoom events expanded our audience far beyond those within driving distance and gave more people the opportunity to meet the artists, and gave the artists the opportunity to meet more people interested in their work!”
Those who are on a quest to buy fine art will find art priced from $10 to $8,000 and everything in between. According to Schwartz, “Purchasing art can be an exhilarating experience and connecting with the artist is part of that experience! (And it’s a great time to start thinking about buying holiday presents.)” You don’t need to visit their studios to buy art. Just peruse ArtTrail.com and visit the artists’ websites. Most have worked priced, and many have work available at Etsy or with other online shopping sites.
In addition to the Open Studios and zoom events, the Community Arts Partnership’s CAP ArtSpace (on the Ithaca Commons) will host a month-long Art Trail Artist Group Exhibit with an opening on Gallery Night, Friday, October 1st from 5pm to 8pm. This exhibit is a great opportunity to see all the Art Trail artists’ work in one location. A virtual version of the exhibit will also be posted by September 25th. All information will be on ArtTrail.com.
CAP thanks local Art Trail business sponsors: P.W. Wood & Son, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC, and STREAM Collaborative Architecture + Landscape Architecture.
The Art Trail is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. For over 29 years, “CAP” has a driving force behind the vibrant arts community of Ithaca and Tompkins County. To learn more about CAP, visit ArtsPartner.org or the Art Trail at ArtTrail.com)