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.
November 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Our annual Member Holiday Show opens right after Thanksgiving. Our show kicks off with our annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 am – 5 pm.
Our theme this year will be “Jerusalem” to celebrate with Hubbard Hall’s annual holiday breakfast.
After Thanksgiving, we will be open seven days a week through New Year’s Eve. As always, our market is staffed by the artisans who sell their work here. Introduce yourself, ask us questions and learn about our craft.
Our real Christmas tree — donated every year by Bailey Family Christmas Trees — will be in the front of the market and decorated with lovely handmade ornaments made by our artist members, from the ones you come to expect every year (like corn husk angels and hand-blown glass balls) to new surprises. Christmas cards, stocking stuffers and Hanukkah gifts, as well as gift certificates, will help make yours a handmade holiday!
Martha Starke, botanical art cards
Petal People — whimsical figures made from pressed flowers and leaves — are a recent creation for paper artist Martha Starke of Saratoga Springs, NY.
For more than 20 years, Martha’s primary art has been making handmade paper. She specialized in creating plantable paper (handmade paper with seeds embedded in it) for weddings. During this time, she was pressing flowers and adding them to the paper pulp.
“I began making Petal People after seeing a craft magazine that showed a rooster created from autumn leaves,” she says. “I was so enchanted that I started playing around with pressed flowers that I was using for weddings. I loved making human figures with the botanicals. I framed a few and they sold right away so I knew I was onto something.”
She didn’t sell her favorite ones, though, and soon gathered a collection of figures. She printed a few designs onto card stock. Petal People notecards were born. Now she carries more than 40 designs. She adds new ones every year and rotates some designs out or sells some in limited runs.
“My studio is a crazy mess of boxes; there was one time when I had almost 12,000 cards and envelopes sitting in boxes,” she says. “Now that I wholesale my cards across the United States, I need to have a lot on hand, ready to ship.”
Martha never knows when an idea for a design is going to hit her. She carries a flower press with her in case she finds a new botanical to pluck for future designs. “I was in California last year and pressed some red flowers — please don’t tell the hotel in Culver City that I was pilfering their plants — that turned out to be some of my favorites. They are called Ixora and they look like little pinwheels when they are pressed.”
New ideas usually start with the botanicals. “I may see the shape of a flower that looks like a skirt in motion, or a leaf that resembles a torso with arms and legs. I usually don’t have any idea what I am going to make until I start arranging the pressed botanicals, and see where I end up.” She is thinking about making a little girl holding a pinwheel from the Ixora she picked in California.
Martha has recently introduced 10 new designs to VAM, including some featuring loose, scattered leaves and flowers in seasonal colors that she calls Garden Greetings. Find all of her lines at VAM, at various markets across the nation found on her website, and online in her Etsy store.
- Jon Segan and Russell Serrianne
January 19, 2018 - February 13, 2018
- Barry Targan: “Containment”
February 16, 2018 - March 13, 2018
- Ed Hepp: “Carousel Carvings”
March 16, 2018 - April 10, 2018
- Beverley Mastrianni: “Sculpture”
April 13, 2018 - May 8, 2018
- Leah McCloskey: “Painting”
May 11, 2018 - June 5, 2018
- Clancy King: “Landscape and still life oil paintings”
June 8, 2018 - July 3, 2018
- Adirondack Regional Textile Artists Association: “Variety”
July 6, 2018 - July 31, 2018
- Nancy Powhida: “Painting, Sculpture, Prints”
August 3, 2018 - August 28, 2018
- Pottery Sale & Overstock Sale
August 18, 2018 - August 19, 2018
- Ann Larsen: “Landscape Painter”
August 31, 2018 - September 25, 2018
- Jack Metzgar and Mary Muncil: “Sculpture”
September 28, 2018 - October 23, 2018
- Anne Hunter: “Art from Books”
October 26, 2018 - November 18, 2018
We are now open seven days a week, 10 am-5 pm, through New Year's. Visit us to see our handmade ornaments, holiday items, paintings, woodworking, glass, paper and unique work to our market like gourd houses.read more
Barry Targan has been busy. He has been creating folded copper forms mounted into wooden boxes. He has also been making large, elegant birdhouses, too. Of course he still makes the paintings we love so much. Come see his new work this...read more