Columbus Day Weekend at VAM

Drop by Saturday, October 8 (10 am-5 pm) or Sunday, October 9 (11 am- 2:30 pm) and browse, say hello and check out our artisan members while they demonstrate their arts and crafts next door in the space formerly used by The Village Store. During the weekend, Mary Lou Strode will demonstrate painting, Bliss McIntosh will be making corn husk dolls, CJ Little will be carving wood, Sue Williams will be creating her beautiful collages (and you can check out her latest work in the Small Gallery show), and other members will be dropping in. We hope you join us while you are taking in the leaf peeping, on your way to apple picking and enjoying the beautiful Battenkill Valley.

Did you know?

Here’s some tidbits about one of our members, Barbara Sarvis, that you may not know. Barbara is a part-time teaching artist for MassMoCA, helping the education department with developing art curriculums for school age students that attend the museum.  “We take students for a tour and then do an art project that corresponds to the exhibition,” she says. She also teaches a course called ArtTalk for OLLIE Life Time Learning in Saratoga Springs where she demonstrates and discusses the principles and elements of design and their psychological implication to the critical analysis of the visual arts. On top of that, she is also finishing the last illustrations of a children’s picture book called The Long Journey. We’re proud to have her as a member! Read more about her in her bio.

New product: bibs

Member Leslie Fuller, a multi-media artist who makes all kinds of quilted items for the Market, has created a new product: bibs. These sweet bibs show her beautiful aesthetic for combining colors, textures and fabrics. Bravo!IMG_6095

Calling all artists

The Small Gallery Committee will be meeting in September to choose artists for gallery shows for 2017. If you are interested in having a solo or group show, please contact Ginny McNeice at (518) 677-3613 for consideration.

Collecting Injustices, Unnecessary Suffering

VAM Member Lise Winne will be included in a book by the Whitney Museum of Art. It coincides with a performance/exhibition organized and headed by Jill Kroesen called “your brain on CPTSDCollecting Injustices, Unnecessary Suffering”, and part of a larger exhibition at the Whitney called “Human Interest”.

“This piece is called This is Your Brain on C-PTSD. This kind of art is not what I am known for at Valley Artisans Market, but this “statement-oriented art” for causes and enlightenment has always been part of my art-making, my background and my ultimate objective as an artist. It was what I started with; it is my passion.”

Painting by Carolyn Kibbe accepted in a new exhibit in Cooperstown Museum

VAM member Carolyn Favor Kibbe’s painting “Sunday Gig” has been accepted into the 81st Annual National Juried Show at the Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown NY. The exhibition opSunday Gig by Carolyn Kibbeeens July 15 and runs through August 19. The painting, 70 x 34″,  oil on canvas, is of Saratoga bluegrass fiddler Ed Lowman. This is Kibbe’s fourth consecutive year participating in the National. Primarily a figurative and portrait painter, she is currently working on a series of pictures of musicians.

Pulp painting

Handmade paper artist Martha Starke doesn’t paint on paper. She creates the paper as she paints. Using recycled paper that is blended with water to make a pulp, she thins the consistency of the paper pulp until she is able to spread it onto a screen. The water drips through the screen, and the pulp clings to the top, forming a piece of paper. It is pressed and dried, then framed. New to the market is this set of three pulp paintings, framed in blue frames and measuring about 5 x 5 inches each.DSCN9362 DSCN9399

Grant awarded to local student

Valley Artisans Market is thrilled to present a $100 grant to Norah Moses of Greenwich High School who will be attending SUNY Adirondack this fall. Every year, the Market awards money to a senior with outstanding ability in art, who plans to major in art and to earn a fine arts degree. We hope to have some of Norah’s work on display at VAM this summer. Stay tuned. And congratulations Norah!

One line of thread

Leslie Fuller’s new line of greeting cards carry on her tradition of using one line of uninterrupted thread in her artwork; she uses many different scraps of fabric and then connects them together in a pleasing way with a single line of uncut thread. While you may know her as a quilter and cloth artist, as well as for her beaded jewelry, her talents are wide-reaching. For instance, did you know that she is a makeup artist and has worked on many movies and television shows, including Orange Is The New Black?!Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 4.08.35 PM

New work by CJ Lyttle

Woodworker CJ Lyttle, of Greenwich, NY, carves birds with amazing detail and accuracy, then displays them on branches and in nests. Each one exudes its own unique personality and charm. Showing that same eye for individualism, CJ has expanded his woodworking skills into creating kitchen utensils. Made of cherry wood and treated with walnut oil, each one has just a hint of whimsy. We bet you will smile every time you flip a pancake or toss a salad. DSCN9393