VAM member Carolyn Kibbe has a new website: http://ckibbe.com. Her homepage features a picture of the month so you can check out her new work even when VAM isn’t open!
Congratulations to VAM member Barbara Sarvis who won “The Most Luminous Landscape” at The Vermont Pastel Society’s Annual Member Show for her painting, Pullman Farm.
We are sad to say that woodworker Tom Hutchinson is retiring from Valley Artisans Market. If you love his wooden toys, bowls, clocks and pens, get in before the end of the month. Once June is gone, so it Tom! Happy Retirement, Tom. You will be missed!
Every year VAM gives a $100 art scholarship to an outstandingly talented high school senior who plans to continue to study art in college. Students come from a different town each year and are chosen by the head of that school’s art department. This year’s recipient is Cheyanne Stunger from the Argyle Central School. Cheyanne comes with a glowing recommendation from Visual Arts Department Head Rick. L. Fleury.
“Over the last four years in high school, Cheyanne has compiled the strongest and most creative portfolio within the visual arts curriculum that I have witnessed the past forty years of teaching,” Fleury wrote. “Cheyanne represents the true caliber (scholar and artistic talent), the professional stature as a student, that colleges, universities, art schools and the work force are looking for.”
Cheyanne will be attending Bucknell University next fall majoring in fine art and minoring in computer science. One of Cheyanne’s paintings will be on display in our gallery front window later this spring.
Two of our member artists — Mary Lou Strode and Bliss McIntosh — brought work from the Market to the Schenectady Today show. If you have a few minutes, take a look at the beautiful arts and fine crafts that we have in at Valley Artisan, going strong since 1981.
Three things that happened in 1981: Ronald Reagan became president; Lady Di married Prince Charles; Valley Artisans Market was born. Celebrate the latter on March 18, 2-5 p.m. at our 37th anniversary party. The party will be held at Valley Artisans Market and the public is welcome. Come meet our member artists and enjoy art, refreshments and yummy snacks.
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, Wed.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. We can’t wait to show you what’s new for the new year!
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.
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 season.
Member Cheryl Gutmaker, of The Lady’s Got Glass, makes fused glass pieces that burst with color, pattern and whimsy. In September, she won first place for her glass at Colorscape Chenango Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival in Norwich, NY. But you don’t have to go that far to see her work. Valley Artisans has a great display of her fused glass pieces every day of the year. Come see her award-winning work the next time you are in Cambridge, NY. Congrats Cheryl!