RIPLEY - Seven juried artist members of the North Shore Arts Alliance (NSAA) are exhibiting work in a group show at the Sensory Winery and Art Gallery in Ripley. The show opens Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 30. A reception for the artists will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The featured artists include photographer and painter Lori Deemer from Dunkirk, stained glass artist Cyn Gailey from Silver Creek, photographer William Karrow from Westfield, sculptor Mark Kirkland from Forestville, fiber artist Cynthia Norton from Chautauqua, mixed media artist Jamie Pirrello from Jamestown, and painter Tim Sivertsen from Buffalo.
The show grew out of a visit to the gallery by NSAA executive director Lesley Williamson during last April's Wine & Art Event, a yearly collaboration in which NSAA member artists display and sell their work at Lake Erie Wine Country wineries. "I stopped in at Sensory, and I fell in love with the space," says Williamson. "It's totally unexpected. It's contemporary, almost industrial," she says, referring to the cement floor and modular white panels that act as gallery walls. "I immediately envisioned a show that featured the work of some of our artists whose work is more modern and abstract."
Sensory owner Kevin Daughrity features the work of regional artists throughout the year. He also uses original art works for his wine labels. "It's really wonderful to be working with a business owner who has a passion for art," Williamson continues. "He's extremely enthusiastic and very supportive of local artists." Sensory Art Gallery is also a sponsor of NSAA's signature event, the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail.
The gallery is located approximately two miles outside of downtown Ripley heading toward the Pennsylvania border at 10593 W. Main Road (Rt. 20), directly across the street from Quincy Cellars Winery. Regular gallery hours are Thursday - Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.northshoreartsalliance.com.