Skaneateles Area Arts Council Hosts Artist Studio Tours Oct. 3 and 4

10 September 2015

Role Reversal -PatienceBrewsterThe Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) invites you to “Fall in Love With Art” Oct. 3 and 4, when it hosts open houses at 14 artist studios in and around Skaneateles. Another eight artists will display their work at Loft 42 and Imagine, while student works will be on view at Skaneateles High School.

The self-guided tour runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets, which are good both days, are $25 and are available at and at Imagine, Gallery 54, Skaneateles Artisans and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

An artists reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Loft 42. Tickets for the reception—which includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment—are $50 and are available at

Saturday, Oct. 3rd Reception Update:
We are pleased to share that the following musicians will be playing at the Artist Reception on Saturday, October 3rd, at Loft 42.

Violin Duo from Skaneateles High School:
Jimmy Dranscak & Dominic Grasso

Quartet from Auburn High School:
Violin: Sheelan Mirza & Lydia Marteney
Viola: Sam Hensel
Cello: Chris Holmes

Proceeds will fund the SKARTS grants program.

Artists opening their studios are:

Patience Brewster, artist/illustrator
Michael Dietz, painter
Jill Doscher, printmaker
Hetty Easter, painter
Rachel Harms, painter
Jurgen Karker, painter
Robert Kiltz, ceramist
Stacia Landsberg, photographer
Laurel Moranz, hand weaver
Karen Pardee, hand weaver
Betsy Menson Sio, artisan tin jewelry
Stephanie Stevens-Cain, painter
Gary Trento, painter
West Lake Conservators, art conservation

Artists displaying work at Loft 42, 42 E. Genesee St., are:

Janie Darovskikh, bronze sculptor
Jordan Dudden, jeweler
Chiara Kuhns, artist/upcycling
Christy Lemp, watercolors
Peggy Manring, watercolors
Stephanie Rudnick, painter

Artists displaying work at Imagine, 38 E. Genesee St., are:

Jill Newton, watercolor
Sarah Panzarella, jeweler

“We’re humbled by the dedication of these brilliant artists, who will share their work and their sources of inspiration with the community,” says SKARTS president Jean Vincent, president of Vincent McCabe Inc. “We thank them and our sponsors, volunteer studio hosts and event attendees, whose interest and support make this fund-raising event possible.”

FallArtistStudioTourStaciaPicasso-level sponsors of the weekend’s activities are Cowley Associates, CNY Mobile Web, Dr. Robert Kiltz and Loft 42.

Georgia O’Keefe-level sponsors are Hospitality Concepts Group LLC, M&T Bank, Sally and Bob Neumann, N2 Publishing (Skaneateles Life), Skaneateles Journal and WRVO Public Media.

Frida Kahlo-level sponsors are Roland and Tacie Anderson, Anyela’s Vineyards, Delmonico Insurance Agency, Dermody Burke & Brown CPAs, Sandy Ezzo, Stacia and David Landsberg, Rudnick Family Trust and Dr. Bettina Smallman.

John Barrow-level sponsors are Dietz Designs, Group M Communications, Kimball and Jim Kraus, Doug and Nancy McDowell, McGlynn Interiors, The Law Office of Charlene E. McGraw, Laurel Moranz and John MacAllister, and Vincent McCabe Inc.

Hosts at each artist’s studio will assist visitors and facilitate presentations. Hosts are still needed. To volunteer, call Jean Vincent at 315-685-7227 or send a message through

The tours and reception are coordinated by SKARTS committee volunteers Fouad Dietz, Sandy Ezzo, Chiara Kuhns, Katie McDowell, Laurel Moranz, Sarah Panzarella, Bettina Smallman, Joseph Strodel, Gail van der Linde and Jean Vincent.

SKARTS, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming, offers free concerts, and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.

Since its inception, SKARTS has issued 65 grants to individual artists, arts organizations, choral groups, museums, schools, theaters and other nonprofit organizations. Along with its free concerts and cultural programs, SKARTS has provided more than $70,000 in community support.