Feb
23
to Apr 6

Women and Power

Inspired by Mary Beard’s recent manifesto, Women and Power, I am galvanized to revisit and reclaim this series of sculptures for this exhibition at the Chatham bookstore. Originally produced in 2002, they were first exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC in 2002-2003 and again at the Mark MacDonald Gallery in Hudson in 2005. The newly reinvigorated women’s movement has elicited their return to public life.

 from left: Brooke Astor, Claire McCardell, Dorothy Draper. Edith Head, Elsie de Wolfe

from left: Brooke Astor, Claire McCardell, Dorothy Draper. Edith Head, Elsie de Wolfe

 

Begun in 2002, my Women and Power series was sparked by a sense of enthusiasm for the group of women I first represented in decorated porcelain.  The bottles were born and wore dresses. Each of the women articulated in these whimsical representations held a certain kind of power. They are historical, and many were trailblazers, like Elsie deWolfe and Dorothy Draper, known for their interior design influence and possessing a unique power and influence in the realm of design and style as well as emphasizing an American aristocratic class, one that spawned the art world and its incumbent economic transformation.  I thought it was important to be reminded of their influence and so I sought to identify each bottle with a specific person. At the time that I conceived of this project, I had just finished reading Katherine Graham’s memoir and was struck by her courage in taking over the Washington Post and effectively bringing Richard Nixon to justice.

The Women and Power series includes:

1. Elsie deWolfe

2. Dorothy Draper

3. Clare Macardell

4. Edith Head

5. Katherine Graham

6. Marie Antoinette

7. Babe Paley

8. Brooke Astor

9. Hannah Arendt

10. Gertrude Stein

11. Alice B. Toklas

This exhibition has rekindled my passion for Women and Power, as has this year in politics, the year I am calling Women Rising. I will add more female personalities to this collection and continue to build the recognition of female influence in the realms of fashion, design, politics, literature and philosophy. And power.  

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Dec
16
to Dec 17

Studio Holiday Open House

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Saturday, December 16 | 10AM – 5PM
Sunday, December 17 | 11AM – 5PM

Our annual holiday open house. Join us where you can see the full array of what we have on offer as well as where we make the stuff. Lots of stock and one of a kind art works will be available as well as some delicious Christmas cheer. We would love to see you and wish you a happy holiday and new year. Last chance for a handmade, locally sourced giftfrom your favorite potter. :)

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Berkshire Botanical Gardens Holiday Marketplace
Dec
2
to Dec 3

Berkshire Botanical Gardens Holiday Marketplace

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The Garden’s renowned Holiday Marketplace is THE place for one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations and gifts made by a select group of local craftspeople. New this year is an expanded Gallery of Wreaths located in both the Garden’s Education Center and the newly renovated Center House, where we’ll be celebrating the official re-opening of this wonderful building, serving refreshments and selling gifts and goodies from our Garden Shop.
— from the website

Saturday, December 2 | 10AM – 11AM, BBG members only
Saturday, December 2 | 11AM – 5PM
Sunday, December 3 | 10AM – 5PM

This is one of our favorite shows, small and cozy. Set in the glorious Berkshire Botanical Gardens main building, it is a showcase of local artisanal talent as well as a great place to get wonderful handmade wreaths, potted plants specially designed and made with the holidays in mind and yummy food. Stop by for a cup of coffee from Depot 6 and get that last minute gift for your impossible to shop for best friend or in-law.

 

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Basilica Farm and Flea
Nov
24
to Nov 26

Basilica Farm and Flea

Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as the antithesis of big box Black Friday, Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents. Basilica Farm & Flea is inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley.
— Basilica website

Friday, November 24 | 12PM – 9PM
Saturday, November 25 | 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, November 26 | 10AM – 5PM

This is one of our tried and true local events we love and look forward to annually. This year they are changing it up a bit opening on 'black Friday' at noon. This is decidedly the way to go for guilt free consumer shopping as everything for sale here is handmade by the best craftsmen in the area as well as vintage treasures and locally sourced food stuffs. 

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Greylock Festive
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Greylock Festive

We are so excited to participate in this event, the first annual Greylock Festive in North Adams. Since MassMoca has been the flagship cultural pivot point in the Berkshires, North Adams is increasingly a magnet for cool, inspiring events and venues. Greylock Works is just one of the latest additions to the landscape. Their Festive, billed as a Celebration of Local Food and Design promises to be one of the must see events of the season. From the website "Set in an expansive, light-filled mill, the festival marketplace offers music performances, food crafters, local farmers, fermenters and distillers, and the region’s best artisans and textile curators." Hope to see you there!!

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Berkshire South Arts and Crafts Festival
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Berkshire South Arts and Crafts Festival

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 Handmade fine porcelain bowls plates and giftware ready to purchase. We specialize in gorgoeus gift wrapping.

Handmade fine porcelain bowls plates and giftware ready to purchase. We specialize in gorgoeus gift wrapping.

This is a wonderful tucked away event that we did for the first time last year. It is only 5 hours long, so is easy for us, and it kicks off our holiday show season. The venue is warm and inviting, housed in the new community center just off off 7 in Great Barrington. There was a portable wood pizza vendor that made the most delicious thin crust pizza last year and I suspect there will be more delicious food vendors on site this year. The other vendors are some the Berkshires most talented artisans. Our friends Chris and Josh will be there with their lovely cutting boards, makers and purveyors of JK Design, as will Janet Mckinstry, maker of my favorite computer bag.  Tom Kenny will be there with his gorgeous wooden bowls as well as other local artisans with art, handmade craft home items and food stuff.

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Dec
11
to Dec 13

Shire City Shindy

We are participating in this fun event for the first time this year. Our final show of the year. This is a great event, I went last year as a shopper. Lots of cool folks making beautiful things locally, a tremendous spirit of community and giving in the air. This is the best way I can think of spending my time - among the company of others, doing what they love and exchanging those gifts with others. There is food, too!

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Dec
4
to Dec 6

Berkshire Botanic Gardens

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 Berkshire Botanic Gardens : Holiday 2015

Berkshire Botanic Gardens : Holiday 2015

One of our favorite events of the year is this sweet, small show of local artisans at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens. The Holiday Marketplace has two events, actually. Friday, December 4th, there is a somewhat fancy cocktail party from 5-7PM. Dress up and have first pick of the wonderful wreaths and plant makings the Gardens has been putting together for this event all fall as well as first choice of the artisan work (like mine!!) that is on view and for sale. The rest of the weekend the event runs from 10AM - 5pm (closes at 4 on Sunday).  The Holiday Marketplace is held in the visitors center, and is a wonderful opportunity to buy all those organic, holiday details for your decor. Keep it natural and local this year!! The originality and breathtaking wreaths, amaryllis, paper-whites, cyclamen and a variety of unusual holiday greenery are all potted up in wonderfully tasteful ways. Reasonably priced, perfect gifts. Also, the select group of artisans from the neighborhood will knock your socks off. My own porcelain giftware, serving pieces, and dinnerware, Aubry Spoons, JK Home, cutting boards among others. This year they are featuring a special artisanal food group. This is guilt free holiday shopping at its best!!

Friday 4 December, 5 PM – 7 PM: Early buying cocktail party (ticketed)

Saturday 5 December, 10 AM – 5 PM: Open to the public

Sunday 6 December, 10 AM – 4 PM: Open to the public

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Farm and Flea
Nov
27
to Nov 29

Farm and Flea

“If Black Friday is synonymous with all that is wrong with capitalism, then the worthy antithesis to this unofficial sale-worshipping holiday is the Basilica Farm & Flea” – Cool Hunting

Hudson River Exchange presents its now famous (infamous?)  Farm and Flea at the Basilica in Hudson, NY - a well curated collection of local makers, food growers and producers and all around fun stuff. This will be our second time at this event, but our commitment to Hudson River Exchange runs deep. Kate and Stella run a tight ship and care about everyone - artists and buyers alike. We are lucky they are here and doing this. I am glad to be part of it all.

BASILICA FARM & FLEA

2015 in collaboration with
Hudson River Exchange

Friday, Nov 27
MARKET HOURS
2 PM - 9 PM
BLACK FRIDAY SOIREE
Opening Celebration with Cocktails & Sales
5 PM - 9 PM

Saturday, Nov 28 & Sunday, Nov 29
MARKET HOURS
10 AM - 6 PM

 

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NYNOW
Feb
1
to Feb 5

NYNOW

New York Now, previously know as the New York International Gift Fair, is the only wholesale show I do each year. My work can be seen in the Lost and Found booth, #7643. Janet McKean is my trusty rep and you can order anything in the catalog from her. She can also broker large projects if that is what you are after.

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Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Reception

Join us for this magical evening of food, cocktails, wreaths and entertainment as we invite you for a first look at the Garden’s 2014 Holiday Marketplace.  Get first pick of our wonderful selection of wreaths from our Gallery of Wreaths and the widest selection of crafts and gifts from the Garden Gift Shop and our talented, local, artisan vendors.

75. members 85. non-members

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Jul
26
to Jul 27

Open Studio

 The studio in July

The studio in July

Open studio

July 26 & 27th

Saturday Noon – ?

Sunday Noon – 5PM

The studio has been busy this summer, filling orders, getting organized and working toward this mid summer mark. There will be plenty of new work to see and purchase, as well as a treasure trove of archives cleaned out and up for “fire sale”. Unique, older work marked down to move out. Come and get gifts, add to your collection or just splurge a little. Support the arts and the small studio movement!

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Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

Spencertown Academy Garden Tour

This year is the 10th annual Hidden Garden Tour at the Spencertown Academy in my beautiful, rural yet sophisticated home town of Spencertown, NY. Nestled in the Hudson Valley, Spencertown boasts some pretty amazing gardens and some very dedicated gardeners. This year's organizers include Madaline Sparks, the garden editor at Real Simple Magazine and Rae Gilson, a life long art aficionado and event planner extraordinaire. 

There is a wonderful garden market on the green in the center of Spencertown, an out of the way, exceptionally picturesque little burg in Columbia County. 

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