OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, December 4th

Saxtons River Artisans Cooperative will be holding an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, December 4th, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 pm during the Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities being held In Saxtons River. Refreshments will be served and there will be local artists on hand to chat with visitors while demonstrating their craft. Store hours have been extended from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 pm that day.

The Cooperative has also been featuring the art work of children from our local schools in its display windows. These past few weeks art work from children attending the Village Early Learning Center was highlighted. VELCO is located in Christ’s Church on Main Street in Saxtons River. The Learning Center offers a morning preschool program and a full-day program for children ages 2 – 5. The curriculum is play-based, nature inspired and child-centered. For more information one can call 802-869-5437.

During the Open House and for the month of December, the Saxtons River Montessori School has provided creative and beautiful fall-themed mobiles. SRMS offers an opportunity for children and their families to embark on a “joyful journey of learning.” Anyone who wishes to know more about the school can visit srmontessori.org.

Artist Pat Bellows is the Artist of the Month for October

Moving to Saxtons River in 1964, as a young mother Pat gave many years of service to local clubs, and church committees and eventually began working at the US Postal Service. After Pat retired as Postmaster in Saxtons River she began working at the Country Treasures Quilt Shop in Chester, VT, and began taking classes in quilting.

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Pat learned to sew from her mother and in homemaking classes at school. She made clothes for her young boys and later especially enjoyed making doll’s outfits for her granddaughters. Today her grand daughters have all grown and but she pursues her sewing hobby by keeping the Saxtons River Artisans Cooperative filled with her colorful arrays of quilts and charming infant and doll outfits. “It’s nice to have a hobby and I enjoy making objects out of fabric. When something of mine is sold, my commission from that sale gives me inspiration (and cash) to continue. Most of my items are one of a kind. I may use the same pattern, but I use different fabrics and sometimes alter a pattern to make something a little different.”

The Saxtons River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River on Main Street, across from the Saxtons River Inn. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans and new members are always welcome. For more information, visit riverartisans.com, call 802-869-2099 —or stop by and say “Hello!” Hours are: Mon – Friday noon – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Woodcarver Peter Auchmoody is the Artist of the Month for September

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Peter specializes in large expressive chainsaw work. Stop in and see what have on display.

The River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River on Main Street, across from the Saxtons River Inn. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans and new members are always welcome. For more information, visit riverartisans.com, call 802-869-2099 —or stop by and say “Hello!” Summer hours are: Mon – Friday noon – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Sarah Machtey is River Artisans’ Artist of the Month for August

sarahM_smSarah draws inspiration from nature primarily, also from the steampunk movement and from her grandparents’ world of scale miniatures. Many pieces evolve from items she designs for herself when unable to find what she wants, or from the behavior of materials during creation of something else. She uses a variety of media including natural and polymer clays, fiber, and aluminum cans and tabs. Her pieces currently available at River Artisans include crocheted pouch necklaces and super-soft scarves. Sarah welcomes commissions for custom items. She sells through https://www.etsy.com/shop/SageEarthStudio and locally at Sherwin Art Glass in Bellows Falls, as well as River Artisans. She will be demonstrating aluminum can/tab upcycling at the annual Steampunk Festival in Springfield, VT which runs September 23-25 this year. More of her work can be seen at https://facebook.com/SageEarthStudio

Della Thompson is the Artist of the Month for July

Della ThompsonDella is a freelance artist and craft maker from Mt. Holly, VT who has been producing fine art and crafts for over thirty years. Her fine art specialties include pastel painting, theorem painting, portrait and landscape painting, and murals. Her craft specialties include fabric ornaments and toys, decorative pillows, specialty soaps, and aroma therapy bags. Other related specialties include sign making, calligraphy, advertising art, sewing, wall stenciling, art framing, and greeting cards.

Hailing from Myerstown, PA, she graduated from the York Academy of Arts and attended Pennsylvania School of Arts. The early years of her career included professional art design for pewter metalware, wallpaper and textile pattern design, as well as hand lettering and painting of signs.

Her beautiful work clearly expresses her approach: “The creation of a new craft or a work of art is in many ways a magical process. I see in my minds eye approximately what I want to create, but that is just a starting point. Once I have my pastels, pencils, or paint brushes in hand then the real magic begins. My main guiding influences are form, color, and Joy of Life. As the artistic creation unfolds, then my focus shifts to those details which will make the creation special and unique. Eventually I reach a point where it just looks right, and then it is done.”

Della’s work is shown at the Silver Spoon Gallery on Depot Street in Ludlow as well. Della is also available to do commissioned works of art (Call 802-259-2801 to discuss a commission).

The River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River on Main Street, across from the Saxtons River Inn. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans and new members are always welcome. For more information, visit riverartisans.com, call 802-869-2099 —or stop by and say “Hello!” Summer hours are: Mon – Friday noon – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Woodworker Tom Goldschmid is the Artist of the Month for May

Tom Goldschmid at the latheLOWTom has always enjoyed working with wood. He spent over 30 years designing and building timber frame structures. In recent years his interest in woodworking has expanded to include turning wooden bowls.

He explains his process and inspiration: “Every species of wood has it’s own unique quality and for that reason, every bowl I make takes on a unique style and shape. In contrast to my work as an architect, the creation of a bowl tends to be a spontaneous and intuitive design process; as the proportions and curve of a bowl are often revealed as the wood is turning on my lathe. I draw inspiration from working and walking in our native hardwood forest here in Southern Vermont.”

Beloved birch finds a new lifeLOWRecently he was asked to make a series of bowls for his friend River, when a particularly beautiful old white birch tree on her property had to be cut. She gave the bowls as gifts, in tribute to a lovely tree that held so many fond memories for family members.

Tom’s bowls and other turnings are available through the River Artisan’s Cooperative in Saxton’s River as well as at seasonal craft fairs. For more information about his work feel free to contact him at tomgoldschmid@gmail.com or call 802 579 2207.