River Artisan’s Featured Artist Carolyn Harris

2_IMG_3664The River Artisans Cooperative in Saxtons River, Vt. has chosen Carolyn Harris as the July Artist of the Month. Carolyn is a seamstress who creates a wide variety of items using colorful and lively printed cloth. Her work includes placemat and napkin sets, aprons, potholders, bags and purses, wall hangings, and baby bibs and caps.

After being a member of the River Artisans for only two years, Harris was elected co-president of the cooperative at the annual meeting in April. She has been sewing most of her life, first learning the skill at 10 years of age with her grandmother’s treadle machine. She tackles difficult projects with great skill, creating multi-pocketed wallet organizers and other goods that are not only beautiful to look at, but that will stand the test of time.

A retired school guidance counselor, she remains active, skiing and volunteering at Stratton Mountain in the winter and kayaking, biking and hiking in the summer. She also enjoys doing cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting. She works regularly in the shop, and welcomes questions about sewing anytime that she is on duty.

The River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River village, at 26B Main St. Open year round, hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tues.–Fri., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. Over fifty juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand and priced reasonably. Interested artists may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Carolyn’s work or the River Artisans Cooperative, call 869-2099, or come in to the shop.

Painter, Collage Artist Jeanette Staley Artist of the Month

This month’s featured artist at the River Artisans Cooperative is painter and collage artist, Jeanette Staley. Her painting career has spanned over 30 years while single parenting three kids and keeping a house, a garden, a small menagerie and various full time jobs.

As proprietor of an art studio in Hudson, Mass. for 12 years, she provided a venue to support emerging visual and performing artists and musicians. Staley taught classes in painting and collage to students of all ages and organized and executed group and individual art exhibits. In 2001 she closed the Art Center relocating to Vermont where she continues to teach and paint. Awarded a Creation Grant through the Vermont Arts Council in 2005, she took this creative opportunity to produce a new series of large works combining painting and collage. These large paintings, often incorporating ripe, curvaceous pears and enticing apples, led to studies of smaller work, eventually finding their way onto boards. Staley’s recent position on a Vermont farm informs her most recent work. Turnips, potatoes and eggplant, cows, chickens and ducks have found their way from the farm into her studio. These small paintings are sold in selective galleries throughout New England.

The shop is open weekdays from 12–5 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, call the shop at 802-869-2099 during work hours.

Click on the images above to see the full piece of art. 


River Artisans Tag and Bake Sale May 24

The River Artisans Annual Tag Sale and Bake Sale takes place from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat. May 24 in front of St. Edmund’s Church on Main Street in Saxtons River. There’ll be assorted second-hand and new items offered at bargain prices. Come buy, or donate items to help the non-profit cooperative with overhead expenses for the shop. For more information call 802-869-2099.

Last minute special gifts

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The River Artisans Cooperative is grateful for your business and wants you to know that we are open Sunday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for last minute MOTHERS DAY gifts. Remember we also have gift certificates if you are not quite sure what Mom might like.

Tag and Bake Sale coming up

ALSO – We are having a tag sale and bake sale on SATURDAY MAY 17 to raise funds to help with our overhead expenses. If you have items to donate to this sale, they may be dropped off at the shop, or (preferably) on the day of the sale in front of St. Edmund’s Church, two doors east of the shop, where the sale will take place.

Thank you for considering the River Artisans when you are shopping for gifts or looking for that unique hand made item!

Linda Carlsen Sperry is featured at RAC

Linda Carlsen Sperry

Linda Carlsen Sperry

Linda Carlsen Sperry has been named as artist-of-the-month at the River Artisans Cooperative.  Linda is a photographer who specializes in nature scenery, capturing the color and beauty of her subjects on both paper and canvas prints.

As a teenager in northern Vermont Linda began her art career in calligraphy that she continues to do under the business name of Vermont Scribes. However, a few years ago she diversified into the field of photography and decided to join the River Artisans Coop to offer her prints for sale in this area.  She and her husband bought a cottage in Townshend, Vt. in 2013 and find the area to be vibrant, friendly and appreciative of the arts.

Located at the center of Saxtons River village, at 26B  Main St.  the RAC will highlight Linda’s work. Please stop by and check it out. Open year round, RAC hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Linda’s work or the River Artisans, call 869-2099, visit www.riverartisans.com or visit the store.


Debbi Wetzel April Featured Artist

Debbi Wetzel

Debbi Wetzel

Debbi Wetzel is this month’s Artist of the Month. Debbi is a nationally renowned artist who has partnered with her husband, Adam, in creating functional wooden-ware for over 30 years. Adam handcrafts the small boxes, lazy susans and switch plates that Debbi paints in her colorful, folk-art style. They also purchase locally made splint baskets that Debbi decorates. In addition, she enjoys painting custom house portraits and Vermont village scenes on canvas. Currently, she is working on her chickadee series for spring.

As an active RAC member she works in the store, is a member of several committees, teaches classes at the shop and does many of the River Artisan signs. She and her husband participate in a number of craft shows throughout the year, and help to design the T-shirts for the annual 4th of July celebration in Saxtons River. She also volunteers at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls. As if she’s not busy enough, she has taken her grandson Oliver under her creative wing, mentoring his emerging talent.

Over 50 juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Debbi’s work or the River Artisans, please call 802-869-2099, visit http://www.riverartisans.com or visit the store.