In small towns and large cities across the Rust Belt and beyond, citizens are envisioning new uses for old and long-disused train stations and depots. The latest local example is in Westfield, where painter Katherine Brown Galbraith has converted the former New York Central Passenger Railway Depot into a studio and gallery.

The new space, called the Station Art Gallery will have its official opening Saturday as part of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail fifth annual open studio tour. The spot seems a perfect fit for Galbraith, an accomplished representational oil painter who has often gravitated to trains for subject matter – from old steam locomotives to sleeker modern models.

The open studio tour includes 18 participating artists and studio spaces, ranging from Patti McCord Kalosky’s Echo Bank Studio in Ripley to Bonnie Beyer’s Art Loft in Mayville.


The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1 and 2 in venues across Chautauqua County. A full map and an extensive listing of venues, sponsors and events is online at -Colin Dabkowski