What folks will experience: Works from Chris Triebert who, devastated by the storm, totally changed her artform. She found a way to make art from Irene by taking the detritus of mud, rocks, sticks, and junk washed up nearby and using it to create prints without a camera -- she calls these shadowgraphs, press light, and paintagrams. People will also find an array of fine hand-crafted furniture, a variety of painting styles, unique large scale ink-on-paper works, wood-fired pots, porcelain pottery, thread-on-layered fabric and much more.
Most of the studios are within a short drive of South Newfane, and visitors are invited to stop at the 19th century Old Schoolhouse.
The one-room schoolhouse is transformed into a high-end, contemporary gallery for the weekend. This is a chance to see all of the artists’ work, plan a self-guided tour, pick up maps, purchase a ticket to the art raffle, and ask questions. Of course, along with the art, food is always appreciated. Most studios will have refreshments and on Saturday night there’s a homegrown barbecue fundraiser at historic Williamsville Hall that was the community center in the wake of Irene’s flooding.
In addition to the tour, South Newfane offers a variety of other sites, including a new café that will be open for lunch during the tour, as well as Amazing Planet Farm, an organic vegetable farm. There’s also Olallie Daylily Gardens at Ellen Darrow’s studio stop, and the inspiring gardens of many of the artists on the tour.
The tour is free and open to the public. For information go to www.rockriverartists.com.