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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Recently Discovered Craftspeople

Discovered along the Artist at Work Open Studio Tour last weekend in September

Pam Belleville,
www.pamsjewelrydesigns.com, has dichroic fused glass product lines; clocks, tick-tack-toe boards, and others, which may be of interest to shopowners for resale. She can produce the lines a few at a time in her kiln. At this time her kiln size limits her to creating only one plate at a time so plates are not yet an option for wholesale.

Pam and Beth, more below, seem to be tempted by the idea of sharing a booth at Buyer Days but, at least, for Beth, her need to create always changing pieces may rule out attending the show. The Adirondack North Country Buyer Days is scheduled for March 31 and April 1 in 2010 in Saratoga Springs at the City Center.

Beth Johnson, another fabulous artist, http://www.bethjohnsonbeads.com/, both jeweler and basketmaker, and Pam Belleville, have opened up a gallery and artist consignment shop called Art on Park at 87 Park Street in Tupper Lake. Since the beginning of July, their works and those of others such as Dan King (wonderful metal worker - his dragonfly is to die for), potters Peter Shrope and Mary Lou Reid, photographer Paul Chartier have been for sale at Art on Park.

Splitting the very large storefront with a beauty salon has resulted in sales which would not have taken place otherwise. Art on Park is another example of an unusual partnership which hopefully will continue to benefit both businesses for years to come.

With Gary Casagrain's Gallery across the street, Saundra's Random Acts of Art around the corner on Cliff, and the numerous other shops along the street, Tupper Lake's downtown has both beautiful works by artists from the region as well as out, all suitable for accessorizing one's home or as gifts.

Discovered at the annual Field, Forest and Stream Days held at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown last weekend in September

Georgette Bacon, of Nicholville, NY (http://www.dragonflylanegourds.net/) creates fabulously decorated gourd works, and in addition, necklaces with pieces of gourd with images painted on. The gourd work, including the jewelry, is well coated/varnished. Georgette is very interested in attending Buyer Days. Georgette who started making and selling her gourd work two years ago did well at Field, Forest and Stream Days. Do visit her website to see the quality.

Also at the show was Funny River Trading, http://www.funnyrivertrading.com/, selling her recently started Traditional Arts and Herbal Folk Remedies line of Bath and Beauty products. L. A. Monroe, a basketmaker and weaver, was encouraged by the owners of Dartbrook Rustic Goods, http://www.dartbrookrusticgoods.com/ in Keene, NY to develop the bath and beauty line.

L.A. Monroe supervises, for an agency near Lake Champlain, a group of disadvantaged people who are creating wonderful baskets. Their baskets, of all sizes and shapes, are sold at craft shows under the name Mountain Weavers Fiber Arts Guild for very reasonable prices. Shopowners looking for a wide range of locally made baskets may contact L.A. at 518.546.9552, x 121. They may not be set up to do wholesale accounts at the present but the work is so good, and they are so proud, and they are so many, at least 12, that it is worth exploring.

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