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!
Congratulations to Dustin Jaenecke, a student who graduated from Mount Anthony High School in Bennington, Vermont. He was the recipient of the annual $100 scholarship from VAM given to a promising local art student. His art teacher, who had him in an advanced calligraphy class, reported that he excelled everything given to him and was adventurous in his work. “He wasn’t planning to continue with art in college, and it is my hope that he takes this scholarship and the recognition as a gentle nudge in the direction of art. He will be attending Sage in Albany in the fall and I have encouraged him to take advantage of their art department while he’s there,” said his teacher.
“In a few months, I will be moving on to college for a degree in Computer Science,” said Dustin. “Annie, among others, has encouraged me to continue to work and expand my knowledge in art. Although I still plan on a degree in the science field, I am, and continue to be, inspired by the sheer beauty and opportunity that art has to offer, so I am going to at least try to attend some art classes while at college – the campus I am going to has a great art program, and I think that I would benefit to learn even more about calligraphy and art in general – there’s simply so much to see.”
Member Peggy Gray makes designer jackets as well as clothing using scraps of interesting fabrics collected from many different sources and from travels. She has just re-stocked the Market with new work, including lovely blouses that are pieces of art while also being very easy to wear. See them before they’re gone!
Member Luann Gilligan of Round Lake, NY, has brought in some lovely little fabric purses with interesting buttons to brighten up the market. Check them out – they’ll be gone in a hurry!
Congratulations to member Martha Starke who has been featured in the artist spotlight in the May/June issue of Simply Saratoga Home & Garden 2017. (Find her feature on pages 25 & 25, as well as on page 154.) All of Martha’s work is garden-inspired. As a handmade paper artist, Martha makes “seed bombs,” which are balls of handmade paper pulp embedded with wildflower seeds. They can be used as wedding favors, teacher gifts (great as a classroom lesson to grow plants) or as a birthday present for a gardener. Simply plant in the garden, keep moist and watch seeds sprout as the paper decomposes. In recent years, Martha has expanded her work into pressed botanicals, creating Petal People. These whimsical figures are made entirely from pressed flowers, leaves and herbs grown in her garden in Saratoga. You can find framed original pieces at Valley Artisans as well as prints of Petal People on greeting cards. Her seeds bombs and plantable paper items are available in her Etsy shop.