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.
Congratulations to our newest member Kris Gregson Moss who won first place in a three-dimensional art show at the View Arts Center in Old Forge, NY. She won for a piece of fabric sculpture called “Synchronicity.” Congrats Kris!
Have you seen the sweet display of handwoven baskets in our front window? Basket-maker Bliss McIntosh just finished a new batch of 18 splint baskets and put many of these beautiful creations in the front window until April 21. Perhaps there’s a grown-up you know who deserves a very special Easter basket?
Hubbard Hall and the Round House Bakery Café announced that, as of April, 2017, Round House Bakery Café will re-open and operate in the storefront of Hubbard Hall at 25 East Main St. in Cambridge, NY. Valley Artisans Market is so excited to have a new neighbor in the adjoining space formerly housed by the Village Store. We are also excited to welcome diners into the market, and also to be able to grab some food for ourselves without leaving the building! Welcome Round House!
Collage artist Sue Williams has made lots of new small journals with hand-sewn bindings and beaded tie closures. The red one shown has a canvas cover and drawing paper pages. The white one has a collage cover and art paper pages. There’s a wonderful assortment in the Market now, at various price points.
We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays until the spring but we will be open on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 10 am-5 pm for all your last-minute Valentine’s Day shopping. Grab a sweet card, a tantalizing piece of jewelry, a piece of art, something handmade, something colorful or something subtle. Your Valentine will thank you for whatever you choose!
Where did we go?! Peek inside the locked door and you will see us on our hands and knees scrubbing the floor, cleaning the woodwork, dusting, spackling and painting all our alcoves, and getting ready for a new year. Please be patient with us while we clean and rearrange the entire market, bring in new work and generally freshen up for all our lovely customers. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 17, 2017 with our winter hours: We are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-2:30 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until the spring. Thanks for your patronage!
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!