Virginia McNeice, known to us as Jini, was a cherished member at VAM for decades. After her death in 2019, many people were dismayed to know her beautiful art would cease to be created. Her family is now selling her remaining artwork. If you would like to know more, you can read more here: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/The-family-of-Saratoga-landscape-artist-17064795.php.
Enjoy this time lapse video of member Martha Starke creating her botanical artwork of one of her newest designs, Flower Pedals.
Congrats to member Barbara Sarvis! Her painting was chosen to be on June June 2021 cover of Adanna : Women and Politics (Special Edition) Founder/Editor, Christine Redman-Waldeyer. Here is what she says about the painting:
In the winter of 2020, COVID-19 re-introduced me to an unfinished portrait painting hanging on my studio wall. For several weeks, I stared at the woman in the painting while listening to news on the radio. Feelings of rage, sadness and powerlessness overpowered me regarding immigration, systemic racism, climate change, equal rights and a woman’s right to choose.
The young woman in the painting became an Earth Goddess, a protector of all living creatures. I placed her and two birds behind a barbed wire fence restricting their mobility, symbolizing “the power of a few over the lives of the many”. But the bluebirds on her shoulders are unrestricted and can fly free, but choose to be comfortable secure and protected by the Earth Goddess. This reflects the concept of choice, which brings hope that someday the bluebirds will learn to take action and be the source of change, conquering their fears and educating the apathetic to teach equality and justice for all.
We are sad to announce the loss of former member Anita Witten who passed away on May 19, 2021. She was an artist, political activist, voracious intellectual, language usagerian, enthusiastic railroad traveler and relentless copy editor. She visited Valley Artisans Market regularly and chatted with artist members about their work, providing feedback and critiques for works of all kinds and happily buying our art. We thank her for all her energy and enthusiasm. She will be missed and remembered.
Would you like to see how Bliss McIntosh makes her corn husks angels? Watch here.
Con gratulations to member Carolyn Favor Kibbe who has been juried into the National Association of Women Artists. Her painting “Why Painters Love Redheads No. 8” is part of this year’s on-line exhibition of new members’ work. To see the show, look up National Association of Women Artists or go to https://www.thenawa.org/. NAWA was founded in 1889 and is the oldest women’s painting group in the United States, with many famous members through the years.
Valley Artisans now offers online shopping for curbside pick up. Go to the top of this page and look for the tab that says “shop.” You will see work by artist and by category. You can pay online and then pick up during the days we are open. Thanks for supporting us as we adapt to the way we do business.
We will be closed for the months of January and February, 2021.
We had to cancel our in-person sale this year but we are still selling our seconds and discontinued items on FaceBook from Aug. 26-Aug 29. Go to our page to see what we have and comment to claim your deeply discounted item.