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.
October 4, 2019 - October 29, 2019
Artist Reception will be held on Saturday October 5th 3:00 -5:00 PM. The public is welcome!
Steven Present will show his unusual whimsical Paper sculpture and a selection of abstract paintings
Irene Berkson will show her jewelry With two sides, which can be worn or displayed As art. Clay bowls, metal and wood sculpture Will also be part of the show.
I am an artist working in metals, wood and stone. I joined Valley Artisans shortly after it was founded. After teaching art for many years, I retired to devote myself full time to sculpture. I now divide my time between my studios in New York and Vermont, and I have been in many shows and won numerous awards in both places.
Creating three dimensional art is a challenge. Some decisions are instinctive and others are conscious choices to make all the views hold together as a unit. I like the tactile quality of sculpture, the ability to touch or move the parts. My works can be whimsical, humorous, emotional or purely abstract. Weldings are composed of antique objects and scrap metal from various places, including generous neighbors. I work in relief as well as in the round. Some welded pieces are painted with enamel color and can be exhibited outdoors as well as indoors.
My latest endeavour has been in creating sculpted jewelry that is both wearable or can be hung on the wall as an art piece.
Most recently I exhibited my work at the Equinox Valley Gallery in Manchester. My work will be there until September 16th.
Galleries and Awards
Two “one person” shows at The Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester Vermont.
Several studio shows at Union Square Gallery, New York.
Exhibited at the Lake George Arts Project, New York.
The Stratton Art Festival in Vermont.
Exhibited at the Macy Hall Gallery at Columbia Teachers College, New York.
The Gallery at Fordham University.
The Gallery at New York Board of Education.
Exhibited at the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, NY.
The Garcia Gallery at the Bronx Museum.
The Nugent Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College.
Exhibition at Small Works Gallery, Washington Square.
The invitational at the Phoenix Gallery, NY.
Awarded 1st and 3rd prizes in the May-June Sculpture Exhibit. The Penn and Brush Gallery, NY.
Juried Into the Landscapes for Landsake exhibit in Cambridge, NY.
Member of the Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, NY
The Pen and Brush Salon Des Refuses, New York.
The Gallery at the 92nd Street Y. in New York.
The Sirovitch Ceramics Gallery, East Village NY.
Pleiades Gallery, invitational show.
Crest Fest, Williamsburg, NY
Larac Gallery, Glens Falls MY.
Art On the Green, Paulet NY.
Manny Canter Center NY
The exhilaration of creating a piece of mosaic art led Nancy Roberts to momentary amnesia. Any mosaic artist knows that handling sharp-edged glass is an inherent danger of the form. But enraptured by the stunning iridescence of her new creation, she forgot to wear protective gloves and smoothed grout over the artwork with her bare hand. The resulting small slashes kept her from playing the piano for a week.
Such passion is typical of creatives. Like most of them, Nancy has worked or expressed herself in some artistic way all of her life: She has written for art magazines, published her photography, designed cottage gardens and taught the history of early American architecture. (You can see the influence of architecture and her garden in her work.) And her curiosity has propelled her in many new directions. She has recently taken up the dulcimer and, of course, mosaic art. Taking a course from a local mosaic artist, Nancy immediately loved it. “It blew me away,” she says.
Tables are her favorite item to mosaic at the moment. “People throw them out and I love getting them re-glued and repaired.” Then they become a blank canvas for myriad designs in glass. She notes how a different architectural quality is evident in every table, such as old iron nails or a gracefully tapered shelf. “I try to make them look really beautiful again,” she says. She also mosaics mirrors, flat wall decorations and even a mail sorter currently hanging at VAM.
Nancy buys her materials from stained glass supply and DIY stores, often online, and she discovers mosaic materials in unusual places. A salvaged piece of a stained-glass window from a Victorian house in Saratoga Springs eventually found its way into a work titled Homage to Notre Dame, which is on sale at VAM. She also incorporates sea glass, porcelain and mirror tiles, sea shells, and vintage crockery in her work.
She enjoys the challenge of hunting down the right scraps from stained glass stores and then using those little fragments to create. Such bounty is plentiful at these shops and you can buy a boxful for a modest price, she says.
One source of her inspiration is the rolling countryside of Washington County, with its farms, fields, wetlands, and wildflowers. In fact, her next frontier in mosaics may well be landscapes, with smaller and more intricate designs. Inspiration also comes from the pleasing lines of historic architecture. Having studied early American architecture, Nancy says, “I can’t walk down the street without seeing the intricate details of houses and I see that wherever I go.” Much of her inspiration is from her extensive garden (where she grows pawpaw fruit trees as well as vining Arctic kiwis and kale). Favorite flowers — rose campion, irises and daffodils — grace some of her work. The natural world is her muse, leading her also to portray seascapes and the brilliant forms of butterflies. The adventure of learning something new sings in her voice and her eyes when she speaks about any of her creations.
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