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.”

Egg Painting Class This April

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Saxtons River Artisans is pleased to offer an
Ukrainian Egg Painting Class
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
at the Shop located at 26B Main Street
Saxtons River, Vermont
Phone: 802-869-2099

Nancy Peters, local artisan, will be conducting the Class. Some of her beautiful creations are offered in our shop.

Cost of the Class: $25.00 (includes materials)
Open to Adults – A limit of 5 people
To register for a place in the class, call the shop during working hours:
Friday and Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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!
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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 srmontessori.org.