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!

Saxtons River Artisans is pleased to welcome Ada Brown to the group

We are sure many folks in this area already know this new young artistadabrown! Ada Brown comes from a family of artists. Her great-grandmother, Alberta Clark, started the Saxtons River Art Guild. Many of her talented family have also created beautiful art for their own enjoyment. Though Ada grew up and resides in Saxtons River, she has traveled through 18 countries – taking her sketch book, making drawings and then prints of many of the places she has visited. Her art is on display at the shop and indeed has a very special quality about it. We are so pleased that Ada has decided to share her art with us. Her detailed prints would make a lovely gift for that special person.

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.


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, call 802-869-2099 —or stop by and say “Hello!” 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 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

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, 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 or call 802 579 2207.