Happy New Year – January News

Traveling? Stop in at the beautiful Vermont Rest Stop on southbound 91 in Hartford and check out our display there!


Saxtons River Artisans Welcomes Photographer Jack Brayton

Saxtons River Artisans welcomes photographer Jack Brayton to the gallery. Jack is a wildlife photographer who has traveled through North America these past three years visiting many National Parks. His photographs include wildlife subjects in their own habitat.
Being respectful, he uses high-powered cameras and lenses so as not to disturb his subjects.

In addition to having his images on various media for sale in galleries – and his work displayed in three venues in Florida – River Artisans is pleased to have several of his beautiful photographs for sale at our shop.
He is a currently a member of the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL and participates in the National Geographic continuing education programs. Jack has family residing in Saxtons River and while staying in the area during June, July and August – plans to work part time at River Artisans. We know you will enjoy his beautiful artistry and perhaps will have an opportunity to meet him this summer. Jacks website is: micanopyphotography.biz

New Member Allison Ounanian

Saxtons River Artisans welcomes new member Allison Ounanian. Allison has worked in a variety of media over the last 30 years including painting, pottery, and pen and ink. Currently working in high fire stoneware, Allison hand builds functional and decorative pieces in white and brown clay, glazing and firing out of Brattleboro Clayworks.

She is particularly interested in surface design. Working full time as a tech writer, Allison finds it hard to make all the time she needs to build in clay. She is also partial to taking ash and cherry saplings from her property and painting them in bright colors and varnish for use in the garden to stake climbing plants. The “quirky sticks in the year-round landscape are delightful to watch”, she notes. Allison has spoken fluent French for 50 years and was a US State Department Level 5 francophone “back in the day,” she laments. “Love of gardening and the outdoors and a steadfast sense of the absurd inform my outlook and art.”

And ANOTHER Welcome Back !

susan-and-rugsSaxtons River Artisans is pleased to have another former artist, Susan Lathrop, return to the shop. Susan is a retired instrumental music teacher and was a professional bassoonist. She has had a love of Morgan horses which she has raised and trained – leading to her enthusiasm for combined driving.

But most important for us is her love of a variety of arts. Susan relates that there “isn’t a craft that I haven’t tried.” Our Artisans’ shop benefits by having several of her lovely items featured including braided totes, knitted scarves and shawls, beaded amulet bags and machine embroidered lace ornaments. Several visitors to the shop have also admired the incredible workmanship of her braided area rugs. Saxtons River Artisans welcomes Susan back along with an appreciation of the varied and lovely items that she has brought to our shop.vest-and-scarfrugs

Welcome Back!

nancy-petersSaxtons River Artisans is very pleased to have Nancy Peters, a person of many, many talents, as a returning member. Many of you will remember Nancy as she was with us for a long while when we were known as the Jelly Bean.

Her mom taught her a “running stitch” at age 4 and by 6 years old she was taught how to use the sewing machine. She has made costumes for plays and now has made some lovely Orphan Annie and Andy Dolls for the Shop.

She learned how to paint Ukrainian eggs from books on line and has many beautiful eggs on display. She also paints stunning patterns and pictures on rocks. Nancy’s natural artistic talent lends itself to many venues and there may be some new things in store for us. Stay tuned…there may be a Ukrainian Egg painting Class in the near future. Welcome back Nancy!