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.
November 1, 2019 - November 24, 2019
Artist Reception will be held on November 2nd 3:00- 5:00. The public is welcome
Pysanky! is an exhibit of intricately decorated eggs created by skilled pysanky artists, each bringing their unique skill to the art form and telling a story of their own through their craft. The art of pysanky, or ‘writing on eggs’, has a deep history in Ukrainian culture, originating in ancient times and handed down from generation to generation. It thrives today as a unique and celebrated art form which is currently practiced by many artists of all backgrounds, elevating the craft to the realm of fine art. The works in this exhibit range from traditional pysanky to contemporary expressions of the traditional art form.
A pysanky is created using bee’s wax resist; the artist applies melted wax to the egg using various tools such as wax pens, ‘kistkas’, quills, or styluses. The egg is submerged in a dye bath, more wax applied, more dye baths, and so on, in a batik process. Finally, the wax is melted from the egg and the underlying design is revealed. The artist works in reverse, from light to darker colors, masking each layer, hiding any work under a layer of wax. The design can’t be seen until the very last step when all the wax is melted from the egg.
Making a pysanky is an almost magical experience. Whether you embrace cultural or spiritual beliefs surrounding pysanky, or just love the infinite combinations of patterns, color, and design, I hope you enjoy viewing the pysanky as much as the artist enjoys creating them!
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.
- Annual Holiday Show
November 28, 2019 - December 31, 2019
- Stu Eichel
January 24, 2020 10:00 am - February 19, 2020 5:00 pm
- Paul Chapman
February 21, 2020 10:00 am - March 18, 2020 5:00 pm
- Elizabeth Phillips
March 20, 2020 10:00 am - April 14, 2020 5:00 pm
- Lynne Kerr – Photography
April 17, 2020 10:00 am - May 12, 2020 5:00 pm
- Cheryl Gutmaker & Kathy Klompas – Mixed Media
May 15, 2020 10:00 am - June 9, 2020 5:00 pm
- Kevin Kuhme – Water Color
June 12, 2020 10:00 am - July 7, 2020 5:00 pm
- Chalice Mitchell
July 10, 2020 10:00 am - August 4, 2020 5:00 pm
- Laura Leigh Lanchantin
August 7, 2020 10:00 am - September 1, 2020 5:00 pm
- Anne Dambrowski and Sandy Brett
September 4, 2020 10:00 am - September 29, 2020 5:00 pm
- Julie Branch
October 2, 2020 10:00 am - October 27, 2020 5:00 pm
- Ian Creitz – Photography
October 30, 2020 10:00 am - November 21, 2020 4:00 pm
See past shows →
Our very own Carol Law Conklin was recently featured on PBS explaining her batik art. Learn about her process and see her work in her studio: https://www.pbs.org/video/batik-cbk3goread more
We are looking for painters specializing in watercolor as well as jewelry makers who are silver smiths. If you are interested in becoming a working member, please consider joining our friendly bunch of artists! There are no monthly fees for membership, you don't have...read more