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Monday, November 07, 2005

Lowville downtown retailers critique each other's shops as part of workshop.

From left to right: Darci Waite, AD Present Co.; Brenda Eggleston, Sweet Basil; Ellen Chamberlain, Riverbend Alpaca; Nadia Korths, ANCA workshop presenter; Donna Smith, Tying It All Together; Tish Zehr, Ole Adirondack Pottery Shoppe; Linda Allen, Adirondack Basketry.

The Lowville business community is beginning to work more actively together with Donna Smith, Tying It All Together, spearheading much of the activity from what I learned during the workshop. Ellen Chamberlain, Riverbend Alpaca said she enjoyed the workshop as a great opportunity to become more familiar with her peers in the Lowville area.

The local business owners all expressed confidence in having developed their niches enough that the Walmart at the south end of town would only benefit them by bringing more shoppers into Lowville. Lowville had already two Walmarts about 25 miles to the north in Watertown and one 50 miles to the south in Utica!

The architecture on State Street, Lowville's main street, is spectacular. Ann Durant, Lewis County's SBDC person, also said that that State Street had received a Main Street Facade Grant and business owners were moving on their projects. The Bates Building has a beautiful marble lobby which Linda Allen, Adirondack Basketry, is considering renting as a guild member if she receives committment from folks who wish to sell their product.

Ann Durant, who with Sarah O'Connell, of the Watertown SBDC, contacted and registered the businesses who attended the three workshops (a big thank you to them for their initiative) while I presented. That type of workshop partnership seems to be working out quite well.

Darci and her partner, Allison, who have had the AD Present Co. Fine Gift Shop open for 3 years now, attend the NY Gift Show to order quality product. Lisa Nortz, silversmith, has just started to display her work there. They have beautiful glass pieces and the shop is painted in warm reds and yellows. Their customer base attracted more of the seasonal customer than the average shop.

A quick survey of workshop participants determined that about 60% of their customers are year round residents, 35% are seasonal (those who have second homes and camps in the Brantingham area to the south) and 5% are one time visitors. In informal surveys across the region, year round residents and seasonal have rated almost 2/3 of the total customer base throughout the region with Malone and Plattburgh standing out because their year round residents are most of their customer base.


  • Nadia, I emailed you several/many months ago about our Arts Advocacy Day/Festival Networking Conference January 26-28, 2006 in Marietta Georgia and also the CODA Conference in Portland Oregon June 1-4.

    We'd emailed about your siblings & how you may be able to visit them and come to the conferences. I'd love for you to come to Marietta for Arts Advocacy Day, at least.

    Today I received ebroadcasts about your Blog. I'd like to put AA Day/FNC info on it, but am way too dense to figure out how to. Is it okay with you if I do post on the Blog? If so, how do I?

    You had Bruce Baker up to speak to your group, so anyone who wants more OR who was not able to attend his workshop there will be happy see him in Marietta GA. And we'll have many other very interesting & exciting speakers/sessions.

    Thanks for keeping me up to date with your activities. You are a wonderful coordinator for the group. They are so lucky to have you!

    Best regards, Camille
    A Step Ahead, Ltd

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 AM  

  • Hi Nadia.

    We pretty much close the gallery, except when our "OPEN" flag is displayed. It will probably be hanging when weather allows, and our entrance is not covered with ice or anow. Sometimes we do get a few visitors after Thanksgiving. We do enter occasional shows.

    I'm sure your are aware of the one at Paul Smith's, and the two Sunday show at the Lake Placid Library.

    During the winter months, we concentrate on commisions. I continue with portaiture,[ both human and animal']. Both Joe and I accept commissions on a wide variety of sujects.

    Since you visited us you know our work and our range.

    Our DBA has een changed from "Riverbend Gallery" to Capozio Gallery. Our web site is :

    If you need more information, let us know.

    Happy Holidays!!

    Stevie and Joe Capozio

    Joe and Stevie Capozio,
    Riverbend Gallery, Whiteface Mtn. NY

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 AM  

    November 9, 2005
    Contact: Christine Macchi, Maine Fiberarts
    Tel. 207-721-0678
    Photos are available.

    Statewide Tour Map Seeks Fiber Art and Farms

    Project is One of Only Two Awarded Support by Maine Office of Tourism

    Topsham, Maine - Imagine a map that leads you to a farm where
    cashmere is raised, to a spinnery where yarns are dyed and spun, to a
    shop where baskets are made by hand, or to a studio where artists
    work. Such a map is underway, and people who work in fiber are
    encouraged to get themselves listed. Maine Fiberarts is creating a
    Tour Map to Studios and Farms for distribution throughout 2006. Fiber
    studios, farms, processing mills, shops and galleries can sign up
    before December 31, 2005 through www.mainefiberarts.org or by
    contacting Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham, 04086;
    207-721-0678, fiberarts@gwi.net.

    Maine Fiberarts Tour Map: Studios and Farms will be available
    throughout Maine and the Northeast in Spring 2006 revealing a trail
    of statewide fiber destinations. All sites will be open to the
    public the first weekend in August (August 4, 5, 6, 2006) for an Open
    Studio & Farm Weekend at the height of Maine's summer season. The
    self-guided map will be useful all year long.

    The fiber scene is hot in Maine and includes artists working with
    fabric, collage, thread, paint or paper. These artists paint quilts,
    stitch books, coil baskets, felt masks and knit sculpture. Small
    farms producing mohair, alpaca, llama and wool are also a part of
    this scene. Curious travelers can find wool sweaters, handspun
    yarns, and other handmade collectibles or experience craft
    demonstrations, working studios, or farm chores firsthand. Maine
    Fiberarts Tour Map presents both the makers and the producers a
    chance to open their doors and be discovered.

    "For years, we've witnessed great interest in fiber at festivals and
    events," says Christine Macchi, Director of Maine Fiberarts and Tour
    Map coordinator. "This is an opportunity to bring visitors to the
    places where work is actually made."

    The project was one of only two events awarded funding for 2006 by
    the Maine Office of Tourism through its Maine Tourism Marketing
    Partnership Program. Says Macchi, "We are honored to collaborate
    with Tourism to showcase Maine art and farms." The map also has
    support from the Maine Community Foundation, the NH Charitable
    Foundation, and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural

    Free copies of the Tour Map will be found during 2006 at State
    Visitors Centers, participating sites, art festivals, inns, and Maine
    Fiberarts' Center in Topsham. Details about the project are available
    on the group's website.

    Maine Fiberarts is a statewide nonprofit organization supporting art
    and farms. To learn more about putting yourself on the map, visit
    www.mainefiberarts.org or contact Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street,
    Topsham, 04086; 207-721-0678, fiberarts@gwi.net.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:09 AM  


    "Christmas in the Country", 15th Annual Artist's Open House/Studio Tour through Kingsbury to West Fort Anne to Queensbury. 10 locations, refreshments and door prizes at each. Fri., Dec.2, Sat., Dec. 3, Sun., Dec. 4, 10am to 5pm. Tour Maps available at each location. 792-0438 for more information.



    Looking for an alternative to shopping in the malls this year? Tired of the same, unimaginative gifts? Just can't find that "special something" for a loved one?
    We have the answer! Join us for the relaxation of the 15th annual "Christmas in the Country" Tour, where everything is handmade with love by local artisans.

    This year's event is an Open House/Studio Tour involving 10 area artisan's studios. Established in 1990, the annual tour has grown from the original 5 artisans involved. This year's tour includes locations from Kingsbury to West Fort Anne to Queensbury, with 2 new locations on the map.. Each location will feature high quality artist's works. Maps will be available at all locations to assist shoppers, and "Christmas Tree" shaped signs will point the way from Routes 149 and 4, and Dix Avenue.

    For those collectors seeking the unique, the Tour offers a broad range of fine hand crafted items that have a special personal touch. Cabin Creations features floral arrangements, wreaths, Tole painting and folk art. Cozy Cabin Crafts will offer Adirondack Decor, gift baskets, ornaments and holiday greens. Or stop in at Cranberry and Mistletoe for a country gathering of Rustic, Primitive and Folk Art goods and needful things.

    The Northeast Corner Herb Farm offers a variety of gourmet gifts, from dip mixes to herbal braids and dolls, vinegars, jams and gift baskets. Guest artist's works including beeswax candles and honey, porcelain ornaments, maple products, Rustic decor, balsam wreaths, hats, pottery and more. (http://www.northeastcornerherbs.com/)

    Adirondack Mountain Rustic Gallery (new to the Tour this year) has a variety of Heirloom Quality Rustic Furnishings, framed prints, jewelry, pottery, pillows and more.
    (http://www.adkmtnrustic.com/) Or check out the Country Victorian crafts and arrangements at Robins Floral Designs, as well as grapevine wreaths and holiday decorations.

    Gift ideas abound at Gambrel Acres Originals with multiple artist's works offering hand-painted ornaments, decorative painting, snowmen, scarves, angels, baked goods, gift baskets and a special "Pet Corner". Country Crafts on the Ridge will have a variety of Primitive and Country pieces, Toll Painted crafts on wood and tin, including candles, cows and angels.

    Baybrook Acres, home of Aadolee Soaps and Harvest Tables, will offer lotions, lip balms, bath and body products, beeswax candles, honey, dried flowers, potpourri and Harvest Tables. (http://www.harvesttables.com/)

    Crazy as a Loom Weaving Studio (new to the Tour this year) offers Hand-wovens, rugs, yarns, rag rugs, shawls and gifts. Lessons and Gift Certificates available.

    Christmas in the Country will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from 10am to 5pm each day. Holiday music, refreshments, door prizes and warm hearths will abound. Come join us for a relaxing day in the country. For more information call Penny at 792-0438.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:11 AM  

  • The Perrella Gallery, Johnstown, NY:

    Two of my color panoramic prints were chosen for exhibit at the Perrella Gallery’s Regional 2005 Works on Paper show. Queen Anne’s Lace, a formal treatment of a common wild flower, accompanies Lichens, my view of a microcosm on a deep forest tree stump. Both are inkjet color pigment prints just under three feet wide. This group show, juried by Mark Schaming, director of exhibitions at the New York State Museum, runs from November 18 through December 12, with an opening reception at the gallery on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Campus November 18, 7 to 9 PM.

    The other artists from the region in this show are Connie Frisbee Houde, Koren Lazarou, Harold Lohner, Ingrid Ludt, Willie Marlowe, Ed McCartan, Mark W. Miller, Gail Nadeau, Philip J. Palmieri, Judith Plotner, Marion Preston, Wm. Michael Ruller, Tiffany Smith, Marianne Szuberla, Yuki Toyooka, Marie Triller, Laura Walsh, Michele Wright, and Leif Zurmuhlen. As of yet there is no web link to the gallery, so email me for hours and directions.

    Firlefanz Gallery, Albany, NY:

    Two of my prints, Snow, Fog, and Beech Leaves and Lynne’s Orchids, are on display at Firlefanz Gallery. The Winter 05 Ceramic Show runs November 10 through December 22 with an opening reception on November 11th, 4 to 8 PM. Come and see a multitude of works in ceramics, visual art, jewelry, and dolls by noteworthy regional artists and craftspeople, including hand painted silk scarves by Edinburg artist Lynne Holstein.

    Saratoga County Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY:

    One of my milkweed studies will be in the Saratoga County Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Members Show, running November 21 through December 31. The reception is on December 1, 7 to 9 PM.


    Harry Wirtz
    Words & Pictures
    Edinburg, NY 12134
    phone: 518 863 8636
    email: harry@harrywirtz.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:17 AM  

  • Hello Nadia,

    I'm wondering if you have an email list of crafters to which you could
    post this message:

    We have a country store and are looking for consigners of well-made
    country and Victorian crafts who might want to display them for sale in
    our store between now and Christmas. We have a farm, bakery, store,
    and more.

    Crafters could please contact me by phone, email, or regular mail.

    Thank you and have a great winter!

    Isabel Prescott
    Riverview Orchards
    660 Riverview Road
    Rexford (Town of Clifton Park), NY 12148

    Isabel@RiverviewOrchards.com (Please put "apples apples" in the
    subject line.)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:33 PM  

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