Artist: Stu Eichel
Located in historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and amidst the rolling hills of Washington County in upstate New York, Valley Artisans Market is one of the oldest arts cooperatives in the country. Local fine artists and craftsmen work in a variety of hand-crafted media including glass, paper, cloth, photography, oil paintings, pastels, wood, mosaic, sculpture, metal, jewelry, ceramics and more. The Small Gallery features rotating shows by members and guest artists, and the market is always staffed by one of its artisan members.
October 21, 2016 - November 15, 2016
Do you believe in fairies? Have you wondered about how and where they live? Helen Green knows! And she will show you at the
exhibit of her fairy homes. All her fairy homes are exact copies of some she has found in the woods and fields around her home. And, of course, she has copied them with the generous permission of her fairy friends. Helen uses the same “found” materials that the fairies use. “It’s amazing what the fairies are willing to share about their lives,” says Helen. “And they stood in line to model for my sculptures.” Helen has found that most fairies around her home on Cobble Hill build their homes out of gourds. “I turn a blind eye whenever they ‘borrow’ one from my garden. The fairies who live in my gourd homes are the keepers and protectors of nature’s treasures. Specifically, the fairy inhabitants of my gourd homes are the keepers of the flora and fauna of Cobble Hill. The beautiful woods and fields surrounding our house are full of perfect fairy habitats and wondrous, often unique raw materials, all of which supply magical inspiration with every outing,” she says.
Helen will have fairy houses for sale and some just for display.
Adrian Sweeney has exhibited her fairy-inspired ink and pen-ink-and-watercolor as far afield as “The Netherbow” in Edinburg, Scotland and the “Findhorn Community Art Gallery” near Inverness, where a close kinship with the elemental spirits is celebrated daily. Locally she exhibits at “The Georgi” in Shushan, NY, “The Garden Galley” in Carslisle, PA, and the “Stevenson’s Galley” in Manchester, VT.
After retiring from teaching art for 24 years in North Bennington, Adrian built fairy houses with Children at The Bennington Free Library and “The Georgi.” She has also been co-director with Cathy Shore of the North Bennington Children’s Shakespeare Theater. She designed and directed summer camps for the Hayes Foundation Summerweek on Elfin Lake in Wallingford, VT and on Lake Paran in North Bennington for 16 years culminating in her last summer camp Entitled “Fairy Tales and their Illustrators.” She lives in Rupert, VT with her husband of 34 years, 3 dogs, 28 chickens and thousands of fairies!
Glass artist Cheryl Gutmaker has some interesting entries for our Two Truths and a Lie contest. Which is the lie?!
1. I have parasailed, ridden in a hot air balloon, flown in a helicopter, dived in a submarine, driven a motorcycle, sailed a catamaran, and bicycled across NY state.
2. Viridian Catchpenny was my LARP character’s name.
3. I was the lead singer of a band made up of teachers.
Valley Artisans Market is celebrating our 35th year in business with a contest: Two Truths and a Lie. Each week, from Sept. 18-Nov. 20, we will post two truths and a lie about one of our members on our FaceBook page. Guess the lie correctly by responding in the FaceBook post and you will be entered into a drawing to receive 35 percent off ONE item at VAM. (Yes, you can receive a discount off of an expensive painting, an item out of a Small Gallery show, or that piece you have had your eye on that is just out of reach.) The more correct guesses, the better your chances are of winning. The drawing will be held at VAM during our Holiday Open House on Nov. 26, 2016. To be a winner, you must sign up for our monthly email newsletter; find the link at the bottom of this page on our website. The winner will be notified via our newsletter. Winners must come into the market to make their purchase in person. Good luck!
Input your answer on our FaceBook page by Oct. 30 when the answer will be revealed and the next question will be posted.
We are excited to announce we will have a new jeweler among our artists, joining the Market and bringing her new work into VAM in November – just in time for holiday shopping! Stay tuned for more information about her on these pages.read more
Valley Artisans Market is always looking for artists to become working members. We are looking for artists in all media but especially those specializing in silversmith jewelry, leather and watercolor. Membership includes working approximately two shifts per month at...read more