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.

Blue Lights for Winter NIghts and a Blue Dot SALE

Saxtons River Artisans, Inc. is pleased to be participating in the Saxtons River “Blue Lights for Winter Nights” for the month of February. Businesses and organizations have donned decorative blue lights throughout the village and joined forces to offer special events and sales to help everyone get through the long winter – to help offset “cabin fever.”
Saxtons River Artisans has a wide variety of unique handcrafted items for the home or for that special gift. We are pleased to announce that there will be “blue dot” items on sale throughout the store.
On February 17th several events will be taking place in the village. In addition to the Christ’s Church Community Building hosting a Senior Luncheon at the church, River Artisans will be extending its store hours from 12:00 until 7:30 p.m. Besides having a longer opportunity to shop, a special “Blue Carpet” event will afford some enjoyable entertainment from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. During that time a wonderful and well-known local Vermont Fiddler – Jill Newton – will be entertaining visitors with some great fiddle tunes.
So, get rid of those winter blues. Visit Saxtons River Artisans for some shopping and some fiddlin’ tunes. And then, join in the final event of the evening at Main Street Arts Red Carpet Cabaret.

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

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.

Woodcarver Peter Auchmoody is the Artist of the Month for September

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, call 802-869-2099 —or stop by and say “Hello!” Summer hours are: Mon – Friday noon – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm.