See Breathtaking Artwork

While you’re planning your next vacation, you’re probably looking for ways to engage your creative side while you’re away. Niagara Falls features not only breathtaking views but can also serve as artistic inspiration. Niagara Falls is home to art museums and cultural centers as well as afternoon pottery painting shops, where you can create your own custom souvenir. Or, you can grab your camera and head out for a day of photography, capturing the beauty of the region through your own lens. After you check out this website to find accommodation, read on for some information on the best ways to get your creative fix during vacation.

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is home to more than 75 artists and arts groups, 60 private artist studios and two theaters and is also the largest multi-arts center in upstate New York. Tours of the center are offered monthly throughout the year and provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the studios and theaters. Regular exhibits are also held in the center’s two public art galleries — The Main Gallery and The Garden Gallery.

The Castellani Art Museum, located on the Niagara University campus, is Niagara County’s only collecting art museum. It features a permanent collection of more than 5,700 pieces of art, including works created by Picasso, Miro, Dali, Calder, Nevelson and Warhol. The museum was founded by Armand and Eleanor Castellani, who started their collection in the 1960s. By 1989, they had collected more than 3,000 works. The museum features both contemporary and folk art exhibits.

On the Canadian side of the falls, the Niagara Falls Art Gallery houses the William Kurelek Art Collection, the artist’s personal papers and library, as well as the John Burtniak Niagara Collection of historical Niagara Falls artwork, dating from the 1700s through the 20th century. The gallery’s permanent collection features work from both North American and European artists.

The Mount Carmel Museum & Art Centre is home to paintings and sculptures from around the world as well as local artists. In addition to the museum, this is also the site of the Mount Carmel Monastery, which was built in 1894 and is home to the Carmelite Friars. Visitors can view the center’s art collection as well as take part in guided tours of the 12-acre monastery grounds, featuring outdoor statues and gardens, and buildings.

Niagara Falls is also home to the main factory of Rossi Glass, where the world’s largest selection of cranberry glass is made. Rossi Glass has also been instrumental in creating new designs in art glass, including wall platters resembling paint canvasses and dragon goblets. The factory and showroom offer glass-making demonstrations for spectators. All pieces are mouth-blown and handcrafted. 

Make Your Own Niagara-Inspired Works

If seeing the work of others inspires your own creative aspirations, Niagara Falls offers you myriad chances to be an artist. The region is a prime location to practice your photography skills. But, if you are wondering where the best photos can be captured. Here are some suggestions:

  • Rainbows. Be sure to visit the Niagara Falls State Park in New York. From inside the park, you’ll be able to capture your own version of the famous rainbows over the falls photographs.
  • Night lights. Looking for a nighttime shot? Every evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, both the Canadian and American sides of the falls are lit up with colors and spotlights. From late May through early September, a fireworks show is held over the falls. Both will give you the chance to snap a shot filled with color, lights and the majestic falls.
  • Misty magic. If a photo from the bottom of the falls is what you are seeking, be sure to board the Maid of the Mist. From this vessel, you’ll not only feel the power of the falls, you’ll capture it to share with your friend and family when you return home. Just be sure your camera is waterproof!

At Crock a Doodle Niagara Falls, you can paint your own souvenir. This shop allows visitors to select a piece of ready-to-fire pottery (mugs, bowls, plates and more), paint it with all the supplies needed, and then pick up the finished pieces the following day. This activity is suitable for all ages and no reservations are required. All you need is inspiration and imagination, and you’ll become a Niagara artist in no time