I have again organized the Niagara River Region Artists' Studio Tour, this year for October 8th. You can start anywhere and see the homes/studios of 9-10 artists in one day in Lewiston and Youngstown. 


Start at my house at 468 Fort Gray Dr., in Lewiston and see my paintings (including the food paintings done as part of my NY State Council on the Arts grant for Niagara County), and you will also see the woodworking shop of Ken Vick, the furniture maker (see his work at kenvickwoodworker.com)


We would be happy to welcome you to our home.


Look for me in August for two weeks on Lori Caso and Friends, the cable 20 (Lockport) cooking show. I'm making Peach Upside Down Cake, Scented with Lavender, showing my paintings and talking about the grant I won from the New York State Council on the Arts administered here by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.


Here is the recipe:

Peach and Cornmeal Upside Down Cake, Scented with Lavender

Inspired by Martha Stewart’s 2008 recipe, then slightly modified by Michelle Marcotte



  • 5 1/2 ounces (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-5 medium ripe peaches (about 1 1/4 pounds), skins on, pitted, and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal or polenta
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh lavender, or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (I substituted nearly ½ vanilla Greek yogurt plus 1 tbsp water)
  • Whipping cream for serving (beaten with a bit of sugar and vanilla)
  • Extra peach slices for serving



Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, using a pastry brush to coat sides with butter as it melts. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar evenly over bottom of skillet, and cook until sugar starts to bubble and turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. Arrange peaches in a circle at edge of skillet, on top of sugar. Arrange the remaining wedges in the center to fill. Reduce heat to low, and cook

until juices are bubbling and peaches begin to soften, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from



Step 2

If using fresh lavender from your garden, cut a few stems then rinse the lavender flowers with water. Pat dry with paper towels. Whisk cornmeal, flour, baking powder, lavender, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat remaining stick of butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a mixer on high speed, until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Mix in vanilla and cream or yogurt. Reduce speed to low, and beat in cornmeal mixture in 2 additions.

Step 3

Drop large spoonfuls of batter over peaches, and spread evenly using an offset spatula. Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer skillet to a wire rack, and let stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife or spatula around edge of cake. Quickly invert cake onto a cutting board. Tap bottom of skillet to release peaches, and carefully remove skillet. Reposition peach slices on top of cake. Let cool slightly before serving.


Step 4

Before serving, wash 1-2 peaches and cut into slices. Toss with a spoon of sugar if they need it. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form, add sugar and vanilla and quickly incorporate. Serve the cake with extra slices of peaches and a cloud of whipped cream



Pop-Up Art Garage Sale June 10-12 at 459 Kenwood Dr., Lewiston. The work of several artists will be offered for sale at garage sale prices at the home of L. Paul Thomas in Lewiston. Although this fun and casual event is still open to other artists, currently the exhibitors will be: L. Paul Thomas, Carol Mathewson, Joan Turrell, Paul Hanna and Michelle Marcotte. Drop by this event while you shop for bargains at the garage sale and see how an art Pop-Up event can work to mitigate the high cost of exhibiting at art festivals.

Come join my painting classes this summer in my studio in Lewiston. Whether you are a beginner or only wanting to paint with a group and needing just a few comments to set you on a better path or whether you are more advanced and need more critical comments, come and paint with me. Big, studio, lots of room and light. I will set up still life compositions for those who want it, or you can paint what you would like.


Special price this summer of $100 for 10 2 hr sessions and you can work around your vacation time (and mine). 


We will work in oils and if you don't have painting supplies I will supply them at $5 per painting session. 


If you prefer to work in acrylics, we can do that too, but I think you should try oils.


Contact me if you are interested for class times and to discuss. 

Michelle Marcotte


468 Fort Gray Dr. Lewiston NY.

Hello Visitors to this site. Please drop me an email to marcotteconsulting@gmail.com with your comments and questions.


I would love to hear from you.




Lewiston artist Michelle Marcotte wins grant award to paint at DiMino Tops Supermarket


Wed, Dec 23rd 2015 10:10 amAnthony DiMino, president of DiMino Tops Lewiston, is shown with Michelle Marcotte in the carryout café where Marcotte paints.Anthony DiMino, president of DiMino Tops Lewiston, is shown with Michelle Marcotte in the carryout café where Marcotte paints.

The Arts Services Initiative of Western New York recently presented Lewiston artist Michelle Marcotte an individual artist grant for Niagara County in the amount of $2,500.

This fall, Marcotte was named artist-in-residence by DiMino Tops Lewiston to produce a continuing series of paintings of food on location at the supermarket's carryout café.

Marcotte said, "I paint the most important things in life - people, food and the land that sustains us. I think making and eating a meal with family and friends is the best part of the day. These paintings are about the importance of preparing and eating a meal with family and friends; about family; the swirl of a lively kitchen and life's important moments."

Although Marcotte has already started painting at the Tops café, the project will begin in late April and run until December 2016. During that time, she will paint one or two days a week at Tops.

Anthony DiMino, president of DiMino Tops Lewiston, said, "We are a progressive company with a deep commitment to community involvement. Since the focus of Michelle's current paintings is food, home cooking and family, and since Michelle's art will involve the community, her approach is a good fit with our business and values.

"Michelle will gain inspiration from our store, its offerings and our customers. She will use this inspiration to create paintings while in our store. As she paints, Michelle also plans to talk to people about their approaches to home cooking and their interest in food and art, recording snippets of conversation (with permission) for use in later exhibitions of her food paintings."

The grant is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program and is designed to support quality, community-level arts and cultural programs. In making the grant announcement, Jennifer Swan, ASI associate director of Western New York, wrote, "We anticipate that Michelle painting at the DiMino Tops Supermarket will enrich the artistic and cultural atmosphere for the citizens of this region. By investing in Marcotte's artistic project, we continue to strengthen and diversify the artistic offerings to both citizens and tourists alike."

When preparing her grant proposals to ASI, Marcotte received advice from Jennifer Pauly, president of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce. Some of the ASI grants require sponsorship of a local not-for-profit organization.

"Knowing how community-minded the DiMino family is and how Tops supports that commitment, the River Region Chamber of Commerce was happy to assist with this project," Pauly said. "Since our chamber sponsors both the Garden Festival and the Harvest Festivals in Lewiston, the focus on food and agriculture of this art project really fit with our focus of supporting local business and agriculture."

- See more at: http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2015/12/23/123007/lewiston-artist-michelle-marcotte-wins-grant-award-to-paint-at-dimino-tops-supermarket#sthash.rPN9LHPV.dpuf

I am excited to be exhibiting paintings and Giclee Original prints at the Buffalo Holiday Open at the Burchfield Penney next to Buffalo State University in Buffalo. Friday evening Dec 4 and all day Saturday and Sunday December 5-6

Hello everyone, I open my studio at 468 Fort Gray, Lewiston NY October 10, 2015 and my husband Ken Vick the woodworker opens his studio at the same location at the same time.


Come and see artists in their studio and hosted by local businesses in Lewiston and Youngstown NY on October 10, 2015. You can see the list of participating artists and businesses attached and the tour map.