Valley Artisans Market will be staying open late (until 8 pm) on Friday, Dec. 2 and will have light refreshments available for shoppers, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, as part of the Christmas in Cambridge annual event. As an added incentive for shopping local, the Chamber will provide each participating member business with a special Christmas stocking. On Friday night, December 2, spend $5 or more at participating member stores and reach into the stocking for a coupon worth up to $25. Christmas cash is only available on Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. and can only be spent from Friday evening through close of business on Sunday, December 4 in participating businesses. Please support your local businesses! For more information, take a peek at the Chamber’s website.
Starting on Black Friday, Valley Artisans Market will be open seven days a week through New Year’s. We hope to see you for our handmade, one-of-a-kind, artisan-made items – or just come in and browse and get some artistic inspiration. Need something specific that you don’t see? Talk to us! Many of our members are willing to make custom work for you. Hope to see you soon!
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 the market and serving on a committee. (Shifts are 10 am-1:30 pm or 1:30-5 pm.) There are no monthly fees and you receive 75% commission on your sales! Drop by the market to pick up an application or download it here. Would you rather be a consignor? We accept a limited amount of consignors for a 50% commission who do not need to work in the market or serve on a committee. Contact us to find out more!
Drop by Saturday, October 8 (10 am-5 pm) or Sunday, October 9 (11 am- 2:30 pm) and browse, say hello and check out our artisan members while they demonstrate their arts and crafts next door in the space formerly used by The Village Store. During the weekend, Mary Lou Strode will demonstrate painting, Bliss McIntosh will be making corn husk dolls, CJ Little will be carving wood, Sue Williams will be creating her beautiful collages (and you can check out her latest work in the Small Gallery show), and other members will be dropping in. We hope you join us while you are taking in the leaf peeping, on your way to apple picking and enjoying the beautiful Battenkill Valley.
Here’s some tidbits about one of our members, Barbara Sarvis, that you may not know. Barbara is a part-time teaching artist for MassMoCA, helping the education department with developing art curriculums for school age students that attend the museum. “We take students for a tour and then do an art project that corresponds to the exhibition,” she says. She also teaches a course called ArtTalk for OLLIE Life Time Learning in Saratoga Springs where she demonstrates and discusses the principles and elements of design and their psychological implication to the critical analysis of the visual arts. On top of that, she is also finishing the last illustrations of a children’s picture book called The Long Journey. We’re proud to have her as a member! Read more about her in her bio.
Member Leslie Fuller, a multi-media artist who makes all kinds of quilted items for the Market, has created a new product: bibs. These sweet bibs show her beautiful aesthetic for combining colors, textures and fabrics. Bravo!
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.
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 Whitney called “Human Interest”.
“This piece is called This is Your Brain on C-PTSD. This kind of art is not what I am known for at Valley Artisans Market, but this “statement-oriented art” for causes and enlightenment has always been part of my art-making, my background and my ultimate objective as an artist. It was what I started with; it is my passion.”
VAM member Carolyn Favor Kibbe’s painting “Sunday Gig” has been accepted into the 81st Annual National Juried Show at the Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown NY. The exhibition opens July 15 and runs through August 19. The painting, 70 x 34″, oil on canvas, is of Saratoga bluegrass fiddler Ed Lowman. This is Kibbe’s fourth consecutive year participating in the National. Primarily a figurative and portrait painter, she is currently working on a series of pictures of musicians.
Handmade paper artist Martha Starke doesn’t paint on paper. She creates the paper as she paints. Using recycled paper that is blended with water to make a pulp, she thins the consistency of the paper pulp until she is able to spread it onto a screen. The water drips through the screen, and the pulp clings to the top, forming a piece of paper. It is pressed and dried, then framed. New to the market is this set of three pulp paintings, framed in blue frames and measuring about 5 x 5 inches each.