"Weavrdan” has been practicing his craft for over ten years. I hand weave historical style textiles, shawls, stoles, blankets/throws, as well as towels and rugs. I also do tapestry weave in the Navajo technique. I have studied my art from internationally known artists in their field.
In 2005 I created a jacket from hand woven fabric and took 1st place in the “Make it With Wool” competition on the state level. I have won a number of 1st place showings at many of the local County Fairs. I taught weaving at Emma Willard School for their Girlsummer program for a couple of years.
I do weaving demonstrations at several different event and show my work in various locations."
Living is Weaving the Threads of Life!!
Dan Bridge, 1378 River Rd, W. Coxsackie, NY 12192
Constance A. Dodge
Oils and Pastels
I have been an artist since I could hold a crayon, but the real me emerged with an MFA in oil painting from Catholic University, Washington DC. For twenty-three years, I exhibited my work at the Amos Eno Gallery in New York City. I taught art for thirty-one years for SUNY Adirondack, College of St. Rose, Goddard College, Junior College of Albany, and High School Art.
Recently, Saratoga Hospital installed two of my commissioned paintings in their surgical waiting room. Beyond my other grants and awards, my fellowship at the Millay Colony for the Arts was an honor near and dear to my heart.
As an artist now living and working in the Sacandaga Lake Region, I have been drawn to the beauty of the environment and the history of my adopted town. Often, in my work with oil paint, I use a collage style, inserting miniature paintings against a landscape, a building or other background, and creating a unique pictorial narrative.
I was one of the founders of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, which has nurtured the arts in the Southern Adirondack Mountains for the past eighteen years. For many years I have taught painting, drawing, and art workshops for SVAN.
I welcome you to enter into my paintings, inspired not only by the light and color in nature, but also by my inner vision embracing archetypal images. Much of my work in oils portrays glimpses of the human condition. My love of drawing is met by working with Pastels, which allows me the freedom to capture the immediacy of the moment.
Constance A. Dodge, Edinburg, NY
My furniture derives from my innate desire to build functional yet beautiful objects. All of my pieces are handcrafted and traditionally joined. The chair is my favorite object to create because chairs allow my full design process to be exposed.
All of my ideas start with a sketch. Some sketches start on paper, either as a scribble or a drafted drawing, and some are spontaneous ideas jotted down on the closest material or work surface. Some of those ideas become models. With chairs, especially, I first make a ¼-scale model, which allows me to see my vision in 3 dimensions. I then make a crude, full-scale model as a means to test a chair’s functionality and ergonomic quality. I might make several models of a chair before the final build.
As can be seen clearly in my chairs, I take a minimalist approach. I challenge myself to make simple objects with few materials. Minimalism has always inspired me. So too have the works of architectural icons such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Francis Voysey, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Inspiration from the designs and philosophies of Minimalism and the Arts and Craft movements has shaped my furniture today. My designs are simple yet sophisticated. My heirloom-quality furniture has style and functionality to last a lifetime.
Susy Easterly, 5 Forest Street, Gloversville, NY
Easterly Woodwork & Design
Handcrafted Art Glass
"Fusing, flameworking, slumping, and cold assembly are the methods I use to create my art. The inspiration for my designs is born out of my passion for the interplay of light with the myriad combinations of color and shape that are possible in this medium.
My work starts with fusing compatible sheet glass and small bits of glass called frit which I cut, shape, assemble and then heat in a kiln until all parts are melted into a unified solid plate of glass.For some pieces, this process is repeated multiple times.Once the piece is cooled, if shaping is required, it returns to the kiln for slumping. The final step involves cold working with grinders and polishing devices.
I have been working with glass since 2004, and have been fortunate enough to enjoy the educational enrichment opportunitie offered by The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. Kathleen Sheard, Miriam Di Fiore, and, most recently, Roger Thomas are only a few of the talented glass masters I have had the pleasure to learn from and who have influenced my development as a fused glass artisan."
Cheryl M. Gutmaker, 5 Somerset Lane, Scotia, NY 12302
Michelle lives in the Adirondack forest and takes her inspiration from nature. She is self taught as a potter and has been experimenting with clay for more than fifty years. As a teacher and principal in Buffalo and New York City, she incorporated art into all of her classes, making sure that children of all ages had ample time and resources to experiment with a diversity of raw materials. She also encouraged teachers to pursue creative endeavors as a way of developing understanding of the learning processes. Her work and play also includes quilting and painting but she finds clay her most satisfying medium.
Michelle was educated at Middlebury College, State Teachers College at Buffalo and the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Linda K. Hinkle
Mixed Media and Digital Art
Educated at the University of Michigan, I earned a BFA in Design and began my career as art director at WOUB-TV, the PBS affiliate at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. For over 40 years I have worked in Fulton County as a free lance designer, developing materials for print, products for manufacture and sites for the web. Just a few years ago I began to study mixed water media. Learning to be free with paint rather than controlling with a computer was challenging and exciting!
I am a member of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, Albany Artists Group and the Firehouse Artists of Delmar and coordinator of the SVAN Artists’ Gallery at the Fulton County Visitor Center in Vail Mills, NY. As one of the founding members of Micropolis, I look forward to supporting and promoting the arts in our area.
Linda K. Hinkle, Johnstown, NY 12095
Creative Works in Watermedia
My Associates Degree in Advertising from MVCC in Utica, NY led to work in the commercial art field for 30 years, the last 21 as graphic designer for the Olson Sign Co. in Scotia, NY. I began painting in my early 50’s studying watercolors, eventually branching out into other water soluble media and studying with many prominent artists. My work has been accepted in regional and national juried shows and I have won many awards.
I paint with watercolors, acrylics and ink, sometimes in a realistic manner and other times abstractly. I often change the substrate to achieve a different look or paint over charcoal to gain more texture. Bright color and texture are key elements in my work and are often achieved by painting many layers of texture, one over the other. This endless variety challenges me to always paint something new, different and exciting.
I am a member of The Albany Artists Group, the Old Forge Art Guild, The Firehouse Painters and a past signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society. I’m married 50 years, have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. When I’m not painting, I enjoy walking, reading, snowshoeing and spending time with my family. I show my work at local art shows and at my home studio in Glen, NY.
Linda Kollar, P.O. Box 468 Fultonville, NY 12072-0468
Prismacolor Pencil Drawings and Oils
I have always been fascinated by the possibilities to be found at the tip of a simple pencil. The sensitivity of a beautifully rendered subject in this medium never fails to move me. My artwork is representational and typically seeks to capture a close-up and fleeting moment of light and shadow. My preferred medium is colored pencil, although I have recently begun to study pastel as a counterbalance to the detail of my pencil work.
I have “always drawn” and have continued my art journey with classes when and where I could and with lots of simple pencil practice capturing the little things around me. Current work is focused on increasingly intimate and personalized views of familiar objects in my surroundings. I find myself drawn ever deeper into my arrangements of “worlds within worlds” and into the exploration of their magic and mystery.
Lynda Naske, 2059 State Highway 29, Johnstown, NY 12095
Kathy Oakes, a resident of Amsterdam, works in acrylics and oils in addition to watercolors. She is a Signature Artist of the Central New York Watercolor Society. She has studied with a number of accomplished artists at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops and has taken master classes with American Watercolor Society (AWS) members Judy Betts, Bill Urasick, and Guy Correrio.
“When creating my paintings I rely on my senses. I love going into the Adirondacks and taking photographs of various scenes in nature,” explained Kathleen. “I combine several of the photos to create my own composition rather than copy one image which might result in a stiff rendering. I want to push my artistic license and make each piece mine. When painting I try to recall how the light was shining and how things smelled.”
Oakes has won several awards throughout the region. She has been a guest artist at the Gloversville Congregational Church May Art Show, a featured artist at Windham Art Gallery, and solo artist at the SVAN/Northville Library Gallery.
Sandra Grace Smith
A graduate of Hartwick College, with graduate work at Skidmore College and instruction with master potters Peter Sabin and Regis Brodie, Smith taught Art for over 30 years in public education and private lessons. She conceptualized and brought to fruition the first exhibit of children’s art at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, working with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company as subjects. Upon retirement from public teaching, she continued teaching at The College of St. Rose and Fulton Montgomery Community College.
Her art work has been exhibited locally, nationally, online and in private collections. Her watercolor paintings have been honored with the NY Watercolor Society top honor for watermedia, the National Elsie M. Birch Watercolor Award and Master Division Selection. Fulton Montgomery Community College held a one person exhibit of her ceramic, fiber and watercolors. Five of Smith’s photographs were exhibited at the "63rd Artists of Central NY" show at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute along with and one photograph exhibited at the "81st Annual Cooperstown National Art Exhibit" winning a National Merit Award.
A New York State mini-grant, a New York State Foundation for the Arts grant and a Rensselaer Council for the Arts have been awarded to Smith, along with publishing articles in art education magazines.
Sandra Grace Smith, Gloversville, NY
I always had a creative mind. I dabbled in several different things: soapmaking and photography among them. I discovered beading accidentally. I had nothing but a love of jewelry and not a lot of money to satisfy it, so my first purpose in making jewelry was to make them for myself. I started with wooden jewelry, because they are common in my country. I learned from books and the specialty magazines (my favorites, the best of them are Beadwork and Bead and Button). Slowly I worked my way up to working with glass, semi-precious stones, porcelain, and my absolute favorite: pearls. Pearls in all shapes and colors, with their warmth and luster. Wearing them makes me feel really special.
Then I discovered beadwork. A whole new world opened up for me. Working with tiny beads should be tedious; at least many people try to convince me, but it is not so. Not only does beadwork allow you to express yourself in new and imaginative ways, working on a piece for the many hours it sometimes requires, is comforting, calming and soothing. Yoga for the mind.
One wonderful thing about beadwork is that there are always new things to try, new shapes of beads to experiment with, new shapes you can create. In other words: the possibilities are endless. That is one of the things I like most about it. The very best thing about making jewelry is creating something beautiful. Something you may cherish for a long time and possibly hand down to the next generation (at least that is what I aspire to). Wearing a striking piece of jewelry can make you feel really good about yourself and can give a big lift to your self-confidence. It can be your armor that makes you face challenges in life better prepared. Or at least that is also what I aspire to.
Gabriella Vardai-Davidson, Amsterdam, NY
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