East Otto Holiday Open House

East Otto Country Annual Holiday Open House – November 3-4
Denise Royer

Shopping for the holidays seems to get more difficult with every passing year. But thanks to the creative minds behind East Country Associates, it’s a little bit easier and a lot more fun. Next weekend, November 3-4 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., East Otto Country Associates is hosting its annual Holiday Open House.

A union of three businesses based in East Otto, New York – Brookside Studio Watercolors, Hog-Shed Studio Pottery and WoodSwork Carvings – East Otto Country has been offering quality handmade creations to the public for more than two decades. Their Holiday Open House is the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping and find some truly unique gifts that capture the spirit of the region – all the while enabling you to drive through some beautiful countryside.

Owner of Brookside Studio Watercolors, located on Country Road 13 in Otto, Robin Zefers Clark often uses local farms, family and friends as her subjects when creating watercolor paintings that depict life in rural western New York. You can contact Clark at 257-9790.

Celebrating 30 years of business this year, Hog-Shed Studio Pottery is owned by husband-and-wife team Michael and Elliott Hutton. Every year, hundreds of satisfied customers return to Hog-Shed to add to their collections of original stoneware and porcelain pottery, handmade by the Huttons. Working out of their home-based studio, Elliott handles the more creative side of the business, making the glazes and creating each one-of-a-kind piece, while Michael has more of a support role, loading and firing the kiln and driving to art shows. Michael also happens to be the president of East Otto Country Association. Hog-Shed Studio is located on Country Road 13 and you can contact the Huttons at 257-9549.

From whittling as a boy to his life as a carpenter and wood artist today, Dug Stein – owner of WoodSwork – has been inspired by wood throughout his life. Using primarily locally harvested wood, Dug’s work includes handcrafted wooden figures, sculptures, reliefs, furniture and kitchen utensils. One of his more popular holiday items, you may find it hard to resist his quirky and captivating hand-carved Santas. Visit Dug at his shop located at 8253 Safford Road in East Otto, or call him at 257-9642.

For more information about these inspirational artists and the Holiday Open House, visit the East Otto Country web site at www.eastotto.com.