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.
August 24, 2016 - September 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, August, 27, 3-5 pm. Public Welcome, Refreshments served!
Rose Klebes loves to create, no matter what the media. You may know her best for her mosaic work – from 3D wallpieces to benches and tables – that she has displayed over the years at Valley Artisans Market. But over the last 40 years of making art, she has worked in oils, moved into watercolors and then switched to acrylics and mosaic, and is now back working in oils for her show of paintings of Washington County from August 24 to September 20.
For Rose, the act of creating, and not necessarily the end result, brings her the greatest satisfaction. She has elevated that feeling by painting “plein air,” which she finds the most satisfying because of her love of nature and living and painting in the gorgeous Battenkill Valley.
Rose has been influenced by all the famous artists, especially Picasso, but also by local Cambridge artists and how they feel when they talk about their art. Rose shares this passion about her creations and is always excited when she talks about art and her work. We hope you will feel this passion when you view her show.
Recently, VAM member Lise Winne talked to Debra-Ann Salat, another member who is an embroiderer. Here is their conversation about Deb’s work:
Lise: When looking around the gallery, you have a theme going with hands. What do hands represent to you?
Deb: Hands represent life to me. They are pretty much at the center of every interaction, every connection. We use them to comfort, nurture, nourish, create, and we also use them in love, even in anger. I like to use them in my art because they are simple but all life comes from them.
Lise: Your pieces have a message of healing and hope, especially because of all the hearts sewn into your work. Is there a message for us?
Deb: I learned how to embroider during a very traumatic time period of my childhood. I have always used the needle arts as a soothing presence, as a meditation to bring peace and tranquility to my life. I like to translate that peace into my work. Like most artists I use my art to express my emotions, be they peaceful or chaotic. I almost always end up in peace if I let myself go there. I would love a more compassionate world and think it would be if more people picked up an embroidery needle or a paintbrush.
Lise: Why did you choose embroidery as your medium?
Deb: I have been embroidering since I was a 6-year-old. Becoming an artist came much later in life. I can do more with an embroidery needle than I ever could with a paint brush; it’s something I’ve been in love with since childhood. My embroidery is very organic, it starts out with a simple design that I hand draw but all the details come from a needle. It is why if you pick up two of my heart ornaments they may have the same subject but they are never identical. I also look at it as a meditation, a soothing of my soul.
Lise: How does embroidery make you the person that you are?
Deb: It keeps me peaceful and even keeled. If I am embroidering all is right with the world. When I’m not embroidering I am an anxious kind of person and quite talkative, when I am embroidering I am at peace, quiet, contemplative. It transforms my life as it helps me to banish my demons. I process my feelings and create peace within myself. As I mentioned earlier I have always been embroidering something but it has taken on more importance since I have begun to self express this way. Since it has become an art rather than a craft.
Lise: How do you want your images to effect others?
Deb: I would like them to feel peace and see the chaos of every moment. We live in a tangled twisty time period filled with emotions of all sorts, I’d like them to see the twisty turns of chaos come together to find peace. The hearts mean a lot to me because I tend to do them when I need them. If I need a little joy I embroider a little joy. If I need peace I embroider a little peace. They relate to people that way too. I had a piece accepted into a group show and while I was standing there a woman came up to me and said she loved my work which she had seen at VAM and had given one of my joy hearts to her sister who was quite ill so she could bring a little joy into her life. It was a huge lightbulb moment that what I was hoping to accomplish I accomplished. It’s one of the nicest compliments art related I have ever received.
Lise: I’d love to hear why you joined, and how you feel about the co-operative gallery experience.
Deb: I have a very good friend who is an artist at VAM. I had a not so wonderful experience in another coop and she convinced me to jury and 5 years later I’m still here. The camaraderie and pure talent of everyone here has meant so much to me especially in the years following my divorce. It was quite painful and my fellow coop members were just so wonderful during that time. I feel blessed.
Lise: I notice that in the other part of your working life, you enjoy working with people, in a team. Who is the real Debra-Ann Salat?
Deb: The real DebraAnn Salat is a contradiction. I’m a waitress in my other job which requires me to be outgoing, smiling and kind all the time. I’m a relatively happy person most of the time but I am also an empath which means I pick up other people’s energy. I try to keep myself outgoing and smiling to counter others negative feelings. My art allows me to be a hermit and process my feelings and just be. I tried to just be an artist and found the isolation and lack of human interaction wasn’t a very good thing for me so I’d have to say I’d like a healthy balance of both. Without my art I probably couldn’t be a very good waitress and without human interaction I’d probably not be as good an artist.
Lise: Where would you like to see yourself in 2020 in terms of your work?
Deb: I’m hoping to still be able to make beautiful hands along with other things and still be making my hearts. Everybody needs a little heart to hang on their doorknob to remind them of what they love.
Lise: Are there any other things you would like to say about your work?
Deb: I am so thankful to my grandmother who taught me to embroider as a child. I make custom pieces and create bereavement work where I will finish an unfinished piece of hand embroidery or teach someone how to finish it themselves.
To see her full profile: http://www.valleyartisansmarket.com/debra-ann-nielsen-salat/
- Susan Williams & Anita Witten: Expressions in Mixed Media
September 23, 2016 - October 18, 2016
- Helen Greene & Adrian Sweeney: Faerie Houses
October 21, 2016 - November 15, 2016
- Annual Member Holiday Show
November 26, 2016 - December 31, 2016
The Small Gallery Committee will be meeting in September to choose artists for gallery shows for 2017. If you are interested in having a solo or group show, please contact Ginny McNeice at (518) 677-3613 for consideration.read more
VAM Member Lise Winne will be included in a book by the Whitney Museum of Art. It coincides with a performance/exhibition organized and headed by Jill Kroesen called “Collecting Injustices, Unnecessary Suffering”, and part of a larger exhibition at the...read more