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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

1,000 craftspeople, retailers and service organizations receive ANCA's news and announcements about and for the shops and artisans in region. Email korths@northnet.org with your stories. Newsletter by Nadia Korths, Craft Programs Coordinator/ANCA.

New Colors, Materials and Looks at the Leather Artisan
While stopping at the Leather Artisan in Childwold recently to drop off some Art, Crafts and Foods along the Scenic Byways in the Adirondack North Country publications, I admired Tom's new work. I spoke with Donna who said that her husband Tom is having a great time working on one-of-a-kind bags where he's mixing leather with deerskin in a patchwork look that is, as usual, very upscale. And they've exploded into color; black and white, neon green and other. By the way, Thirsty Moose next door has great road food.

CODA Conference Notes are Online - Great Craft Program Shop Talk
In early June I attended the recent 2006 Craft Organization Development Association (CODA) conference in downtown Portland, Oregon. There were 100 participants from 27 states and 2 Canadian provinces, an amazingly diverse group of representatives of craft schools and universities, museums, galleries, guilds, fairs/shows, economic development, government and state arts agencies, as well as student volunteers, (many of them are also craft-artists). All the sessions are available on-line on the CODA website: www.codacraft.org. Lots of nitty gritty shop talk - learning and sharing with colleagues in the craft field about the newest and most innovative programs or activities of their organizations.
A Special Recognition Award was given to Carol Sedestrom Ross with George Little Management, LLC for long-term dedication to the development of and service to the crafts field. Next year the conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada June 13-17, 2007. For more information on CODA conferences, membership, job announcements, economic impact survey summary and other resources visit: www.codacraft.org.

Sunfeather Storefront in Potsdam
In Potsdam recently I saw that Sunfeather Soaps has opened up a downtown retail storefront with other art and craft related businesses.

Wholesale Show News

George Little Gift Shows, Portland, Oregon, and Montreal, Quebec
In June I attended the George Little Portland Gift Show in Oregon where I spoke with exhibitors who were able to have 4 x 6 booth spaces for $375! l There is smooth easy traffic flow into The Handmade Section on the back wall of the main floor. Most vendors are reps, many sell product made overseas. Some in the Handmade section were doing well, some not. For those of you who have friends or relatives living in or near Portland, OR, this would probably be the easiest, most reasonably priced way to test and pick up accounts in the Northwest.
On the other hand, I am hesitant to recommend the Handmade section of the George Little Montreal Gift Show because it is one level up from the main floor. Artisans who do well year after year position themselves on the main floor.

Upstate New York Gift Expo, Verona, New York
The applications for the winter Upstate New York Gift Expo for Wholesale Gifts and Resort Merchandise, February 19th – 21st, 2007 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino Conference Center, Oneida/Mohawk Room, Verona, New York have just gone out. Contact Rob Igoe at upstatenygifts@yahoo.com if you don't receive one in the mail shortly.

I spoke with two well-established wholesale exhibitors who attended the first Upstate New York Gift Expo held July 17th - 19th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Conference Center. One picked up 14 orders from Central NY shops, most of them open year-round, and the other exhibitor picked up 25 orders, about a third of them being new accounts. Congratulations to Rob Igoe and his partners for a great start to a new wholesale show.

Upon request, qualified Buyer Day exhibitors who sign up for the Upstate New York Gift Expo, will receive from the Adirondack North Country Association a laminated 5" by 5 3/4" Made in the Adirondack North Country Logo to be displayed in their booth and 30 Buyer Days postcards for distribution at Upstate NY Gift Expo.

The Adirondack North Country Association will not be sponsoring a group booth at the October Souvenir Show in Saratoga, the Western New York Gift Show in Rochester or the Upstate New York Gift Expo but encourages exhibitors to participate in a variety of wholesale shows to facilitate the growth and success of their business. Contact Nadia Korths, Craft Programs Coordinator/ANCA, at 518.891.1632 or korths@northnet.org for logo and cards.

Buyer Days 2007 Dates
The ANCA sponsored Buyer Days Gift Trade Show is scheduled for April 4th - 5th, 2007 at the City Center. Mark Your Calendar. Applications will be posted at www.adknccrafts.com in late September.

Congratulations to ForARTSake in Malone
Bev Quenville, owner of ForARTSake. ForARTSake, is celebrating five years of growth. forARTSake ... a gift shop showcasing original art at its best ... paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, and much more.

Summer Sales
I've heard from one Saranac Lake shopkeeper in June and another just recently who have both said their sales have been the best ever. This spring I also heard from shopowner in a hamlet in the High Peaks and from another shopowner in the Central Adirondacks that last year was their worst ever. ANCA's Marketing Toolkit with some forty best practices by some of the region's most established shopowners is now online at Marketing Toolkit.

Congratulations to Remsen Depot
The Remsen Development Corporation proposal for creating a number of small retail shops, facilities for working artisans and craftspeople, historical displays, indoor and outdoor performance venues, and a gallery at the Remsen Depot was well received by the 75 people who attended the meeting in late May. Because of the many Welsh people who live in the Remsen area both "Made in New York" and "Made in Wales" will be marketed. Rural Oneida Star, 5.04.2006.

Congratulations to Ladies First Gallery, Rensselaer Falls
Sally Hartman, owner of Ladies First Gallery, celebrated her 10th year in business in 2005. People from all parts of the country come to view the artists' works at the gallery and take her workshops in bead making, pottery and other media techniques. 315.344.8882.

Congratulations to Photographer Gail Kemp
Gail Kemp's photo in the Press Republican of her in kayak taking photos of waterlilies at Ausable Marsh south of Plattsburgh identified her as local photographer. Nice publicity!

Candle Business For Sale
Adirondack Chandler candle business is for sale. Our hand-dipped, slow-burning candles have been a proven best seller for over 12 years. We have nearly 100 regular wholesale customers and good relationships with supply vendors. We also have an active retail web site. Domain name available separately. The business comes complete with computer, printer, and business software, finished candle stock, candle making equipment and raw materials. If you don't want the hassle of establishing a new business, but want to work for yourself, this is a good opportunity. We prefer to have the business located in the Adirondacks, but everything is mobile. I will work with a new owner for up to 30 days to ensure that the quality we are known for remains consistent. Interested buyers may contact me at info@adirondackchandler.com, Christine Hurd, PO Box 61, Essex, NY 12936, or 518-963-4923. Financing may be available from Essex County Industrial Development Assoc. for qualified buyers.

Congratulations to Adirondack Decorative Arts & Crafts
Adirondack Decorative Arts & Crafts, Lake Placid, was featured in January in the Food Network's "Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels."

Grants available to Businesses - Deadline Sept. 15
$259,000 Grant Funding Available for Northern Forest Community, Cultural and Economic Projects
Non-profits, local government entities—including schools—and businesses are eligible to apply. The Northern Forest Partnership Program seeks to fund projects that: Strengthen the capacity of rural communities to support sustainable forest-based local economies; Promote environmentally sensitive uses of the forest and other natural resources; Promote local history, culture and working connections to the landscape; Are part of sustaining or helping to create new jobs in these areas.
Grants will be offered in three categories: Small Grants up to $7,500 each; General Grants up to $20,000 each; Special Grants up to $30,000. ONLY online applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted online by Sept. 15, 2006. Guidelines—including complete criteria and eligibility information and an online application form—are available at www.northernforest.org. The competitive grant program is a collaboration of the Northern Forest Center, the North East State Foresters Association (NEFA) and the USDA Forest Service. Funding for the program was made possible by a grant from the Forest Service Economic Action Program and the support of U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire

Change of Name
Abba's Angels is now Serenity Gifts, 162 Boynton Ave, Plattsburgh.

Congratulations to Jay Craft Center, Jay
Jay Craft Center for being the only craft business photographed with name included in the Lake Placid - Essex County glossy summer tourist publication America's First Great Place

New Shop Opens in Jay
Stop by the recently opened Alpaca Shoppe at the Rosenblum Chiropractic office on 9N in Jay. Elfenwood Alpacas (Seth Rosenblum and Trudy Ross) and Jay Mountain Alpacas (Cal and Pat Coolidge) jointly own the shop. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 5.16.06

Textile Exhibit in Glens Falls at LARAC
INVITATIONAL TEXTILE EXHIBIT at The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC), 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls
A must see exhibit for those of you who love the visual arts as expressed through textiles. August 4-September 8; Opening Reception: August 4, 5-7 pm (free and open to the public). Featured are the works of Nancy Bariluk-Smith, Diane Burk, Martine Choquet, Francelise Dawkins, Charlene Leary, Kris Gregson Moss, Pierre St Priest, and Michelle Joy Waloven. Lapham Gallery hosts the works of eight textile artists in this stunning and colorful display, which is as diverse as the artists themselves and covers a wide range of mediums, from weaving, tapestry design, rug hooking, 3-D felt work, art quilting, to fashion design, demonstrating both the beauty and practicality that textiles bring to our lives.

Visit the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s web site, where you can find information on over 150 artists and arts and cultural organizations located in the lower Adirondack region. LARAC’s home page LARAC highlights a regional calendar, current gallery exhibition, an artist of the month,
and an organization of the month. If you visit the Directory index CulturalConnection, you will find artists and organizations listed, a description of their work or mission, samples of their work, emails, and web sites. Visit the Services index ArtsServices to see a list service organizations.

Ebay Workshop in Saranac Lake and Malone
5-7pm SL - AEDC office, Tuesday, Aug. 22 and in Malone, at the ComLinks WEBC Training Center, Thursday, Aug. 24. Instructor Kathleen Kelly-Ori of Stellar Marketing Solutions. To register call 483.1261 ext. 1012 or email mary.marshall@comlinkscaa.org.

Semi-retirement with George Jacques
George Jacques has downsized his Keene Valley business of selling porch and camp furniture since 1988 from 10 employees making furniture to himself making the furniture. He's concentrating on higher end commissions. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 7.14.2006

Congratulations to North Country Images & Accents, Long Lake
Brian and his brother are owners of the first craft business I've seen run an insert in a local paper (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) publicizing their shop. I hope it brought business their way.

For Shoppers Looking for Regionally Made
When your customers ask you where to go, give them a copy of ANCA's Art, Crafts and Foods along Scenic Byways of the Adirondack North Country. This year's full color graphically stylized version highlighting 40 shops and studios from across the region has a great regional map in the center. Contact ANCA at 518.891.6200 or anca@northnet.org for copies or point them to the great looking online version which they can print out.
And/or order a few copies of the 265 page guidebook Handmade in the Northern Forest: A Guide to the Fine Art and Craft Traditions in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Full-color with 85 participants and five driving loops in the Adirondack North Country region. To order: Handmade in the Northern Forest. 4,400 copies have already been distributed throughout the four states.
Nadia Korths, ANCA's Craft Programs Coordinator, and Hilary Oaks, Executive Director, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, were the NY steering committee members who provided oversight for the development of the book.

ANCA looks forward to promoting the shops and artisans in region. Email korths@northnet.org with your news. Newsletter by Nadia Korths, Craft Programs Coordinator/ANCA. AdkNCcrafts.com is your regional crafts resource portal where all your news are archived.


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