What is North Shore Arts?


North Shore Arts Alliance co-founder, Thomas Annear, discusses the importance of art and NSAA in the community.


Member’s Show Review


Throughout the year, NSAA’s art can be viewed at many galleries in the area. Currently, the Annual Members Show is being showcased at the Sensory Winery and Art Gallery. It features 19 artists, with many diverse works of art and art mediums . Even with this range of artists and mediums, the beauty of Chautauqua County can be felt in each piece. The landscapes, mood and colors of the area have influenced each of the artists, and combined with their individual skills, this makes for a room filled with inspiring artwork. The host of the evening, Sensory Gallery, is a wine-bar and art gallery with a very nice, intimate feel. Like NSAA, Sensory also appreciates the relationship between fine wine and fine art and offers samples, as well as wine for sale by the glass or bottle. Sensory is one of the many local galleries that are members of NSAA, and with cross-branding as good as art and wine, it is easy to see the benefits of their relationship.

The Annual NSAA Member’s Show is running now through January 25, 2014.

Sensory Winery and Art Gallery

Sensory Winery and Art Gallery

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The Art Trail


NSAA strives to bring art and the community together. The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail is an opportunity for the public to get an up close and personal with the art of the county. This event brings visitors into the homes and work spaces to better understand and appreciate the art, as well as the artists themselves.

Thomas Annear, founding member and Art Trail artist, explains, “The event is a unique opportunity for our guests to come into our homes and studios. You get to see where we create, how we live with our art, view works in progress often being created right before your eyes, ask the artist questions and to purchase works directly from the artist.”

This event not only showcases the best artwork of the county, it also promotes the local community, to create a one of a kind “best of Chautauqua” tour. The Art Trail is sponsored by many local businesses as Annear adds, “What really makes us different from other arts trails is our list of sponsors [which include] places to eat and stay, fun and funky gift shops, framers and most importantly the galleries. It completes the experience.”

This quote from Annear best explains the real love these artists have for the area:

“As artist, the work we do is always personal. Our life experiences serve as the foundation for everything we create. We extract ideas, visions and dreams from our day-to-day lives. That energy becomes deeply embedded in our work. We draw inspiration from one of the most picturesque regions of New York State. Come see what we see and love everyday– the verdant vineyards and fields, the lush forests, the rolling hills, and the spectacular Lake Erie.”

Amongst the natural beauty of Chautauqua county, these artists garner their inspiration and choose to live their lives. It is here, as community members, that they are working to further develop art into the spirit of our community.

The Art Trail is a great opportunity to look into the makings of art in a wide variety of mediums. See something different, learn a new technique or simply relax and take it all in with a glass of wine. This event is truly designed to be a relaxing road trip around the county, including stops at the finest local artist’s homes and work spaces to personally connect with the art of the area.

Connect with the art of Chautauqua at the 6th Annual Art Trail, May 24 & 25, May 31 & June 1, 2014.

About NSAA


Since 2006, North Shore Arts Alliance has been celebrating the local art of Chautauqua County. As a non-for-profit marketing and promotional organization, NSAA seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens the county’s image, economic vitality and quality of life. Located in Western New York along Lake Erie, this beautiful area has been the setting and inspiration for artists work in various mediums (from painting to photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, textiles and more!)

The organization’s signature event, “The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail,” is an invitation for the public to visit the county’s artists in their personal work environments. For two weekends during the summer, North Shore members invite the public to tour their homes and studios, as a way to connect with the art and the artists themselves.This event not only showcases the best artists in the county, but also the best of Chautauqua County. NSAA works closely with many local business sponsors to provide visitors with the overall best experience possible.

Along with the summer Art Trail, NSAA puts on and promotes gallery shows, which run for 1-3 months each, all year round. Local galleries, like Surroundings and Sensory Wine and Art Gallery, are also welcomed members of NSAA and work to bring the membership full circle. Currently, the Annual Members Show is being hosted at the Sensory Wine and Art Gallery in Ripley, NY. Nearly at the border, this gallery also attracts a North Eastern Pennsylvania audience, as NSAA also has members hailing from PA.

NSAA also works closely with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau. Together, NSAA and CCVB reach a wide audience and encourage artistic explorations, especially to visitors unfamiliar with the area. CCVB’s event, Chautauqua in June, is a two-week celebration of the culture of the county. During this event, NSAA hosts educational workshops to further inspire artistic creativity in Chautauqua. This is yet another great example of the mutually beneficial relationships NSAA has garnered with community business and organizations.

North Shore Arts Alliance started as a simple board of Chautauqua County artists looking to expose their artwork. Now, only a few years later, it has grown to over 40 members of artists and art lovers alike.Their goals for the coming years are to continue to grow and promote the art of the area. With art as beautiful as they produce, NSAA should only expect to keep expanding their influence.