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.
January 19, 2018 - February 13, 2018
Russell lives in Glens Falls, NY where he has maintained his studio at the Shirt Factory since 2006. Raised in Niagara Falls, Russell attended the New School of Art in Toronto, Ontario with a concentration in drawing and screen process printing. He then studied printmaking at the Center for Music Drama and Art in Lake Placid, and lithography at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Solo exhibitions include the Salem Art Works in Salem, NY and Castleton College, Castleton, Vermont. Invitational and juried exhibitions include the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region 2016, the Lake George Arts Project, Albany Center Gallery, the Laffer Gallery, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. His work is included in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art and private collections.
“I am captivated by the energized line naturally found in the strength and determination of the vine tendril. I use the vine tendril as my drawing tool, as my mark, as three dimensional line. My process centers around the selection of individual tendrils, each having a complex simplicity… which once interwoven create a fluid shape, a composition,” he says.
“I seek to create movement, fluidity, and variations in density stemming from the thickness of each tendril and its placement within the whole. I alter the appearance of the tendril’s thin bark with burnishing techniques and coatings of clear shellac – ‘freezing’ the tendril’s line before the organic process of decay would return it to part of the forest floor. In making these works I am interested in creating a visual interplay with what is natural and when applied out of context creates pause for re-examination.”
Jon Segan studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. Although he graduated in 1977, he did not start making art until 2006. It was during those years that he acquired the skills and experiences necessary to do his work which involves painting, sculpture, and assemblage. Outside of his studio work, Jon is an active member of the arts community of the Glens Falls region, Volunteering his time to galleries, museums, and arts groups. His work has been shown regionally in solo and group exhibitions, and is in numerous private collections.
“In my work I usually combine painting and sculpture with objects, fitting them together spatially into boxes that I construct,” he says. I find that this combination of media makes more likely the opportunities to discover the happy accidents that lead to spiritual order. I paint and sculpt in a straight forward manner to best achieve harmony between the two dimensional image and the three dimensional form. The coming together of the different elements allows the work to become first image, then object, and ultimately a blending of the two. This merging allows me the role of the artist, craftsperson, and finally witness.”
There will be an artist reception on Sunday Jan, 21 3 to 5 pm.
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.
- Barry Targan: “Containment”
February 16, 2018 - March 13, 2018
- Barbara Hageman Sarvis: In the Spirit of Nature
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
- Holiday Show
November 20, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Valley Artisans is taking a quick break to dust, spackle, paint, mop and add some elbow grease to make the Market looks fresh and clean for spring. We will be closed Jan. 1-Jan. 16, 2018 while we freshen up. We will reopen on Jan. 17 with our new spring hours,...read more
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