Vendor Artists

Below are listed the non member artists with work for sale at Micropolis.

 "Bursting into the Sky"

"Bursting into the Sky"

Carol Law Conklin

I grew up in New England and spent my youth in rural areas of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Horses and art were my main love and when not riding and caring for my horses I was drawing and painting. I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and went on to study printmaking at the Museum School of Fine Arts also in Boston. I was very fortunate to spend a summer in Italy studying printmaking at the Europa School in Rome.

It was a short time later in Western Massachusetts that I fell in love with the batik medium, an ancient method of painting on fabric with wax and dyes. This medium seemed perfect for expressing my favorite themes, nature, the season’s cycles, mythological and primordial themes were and still are subjects I embrace in my art. My work was shown in many New England galleries and sold across the country and abroad at this time. I had a one person show at the Ghent Gallery in Norfolk Virginia and received special awards for many of my batik.

My batik are featured in several blogs and publications “Seasoned” and “Catapult” online art magazines. They are displayed in many local galleries and selling across this country and abroad. 

Please visit my website to see more of my art and the tutorial section for lots more instruction about the batik process.

Carol Law Conklin, Amity Farm Batik, Fort Ann, New York. (518) 642-9406            


Karen J. F. Cooper

Karen J. F. Cooper has been a member of the Oakroom Artists, the only membership-by-invitation art association in the Albany area, for almost three decades.  Cooper has been devoted to the arts most of her life.  She was a member of the Schenectady Civic Ballet Company in her youth and began painting in 1977.  Her award winning watercolor paintings have been included in numerous major regional and national exhibitions including the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, galleries, and museums.

Cooper stated, “Painting attracts people that like excitement and a challenge.  It inspires a kind of passion for life when color is brushed on paper.  There are limitless applications to express emotion with paint. There is a freedom of movement making marks on paper that I relate to my past dance experience.


Ruth Crotty

Ruth Crotty has exhibited in solo and group shows through out the Capitol District for the past 20 years. Her art education includes a BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1969, Summer Six Courses at Skidmore College from 1971-1997, workshops with national artists and study with three local painters. In addition to studying and painting, she taught art at Shenendehowa Central Schools. Ruth currently belongs to many area art councils and associations.

In the last 4 years she has concentrated on Plein Air oil painting, a change from the previous studio watercolor and acrylic work. The Plein Air painting focuses on capturing the effect of fleeting light on landscape colors and textures. These elements and the moods that they create, have always been the focus of her art, and her reason for painting.


Loie Levine: 

I grew up in Gloversville and still have strong family ties there. After high school, I went to college in Boston, then moved to the North Shore of Boston, eventually settling in Gloucester with its rocky coast and beautiful light that’s a beacon to artists for decades. I owned my own business just out of college, designing and selling custom handbags, then I continued to design for other companies. My long and winding career includes marketing, design and product development of jewelry, bags, fashion accessories and apparel. 

My vocation and avocation are based on creativity, the food that feels my soul. My inspirations are often about turning something old into something new. Among the mediums I’ve worked with are old jeans, antique handkerchiefs, men’s wide ties and my new love, sea glass. It can take over a hundred years for an old bottle, plate or glass to become a smooth, frosted piece of sea glass. I find beauty and inspiration in each unique piece. I love to enhance the natural beauty and to transform each piece of sea glass into a one of a kind piece of wearable art. Bev is the sea glass hunter and has been collecting for several years. She loves the thrill of the hunt and spends hours combing the beaches of Gloucester and Rockport. Besides pounds of sea glass, her finds include marbles, buttons, porcelain pottery shards, pieces of clay pipe stems and wooden knife handles and the occasional tooth and porcelain doll piece.

Together we create BeLo The Sea Treasures.


Martha Starke: 

Pressed Flower Figures Petal People

My mission is to make you smile and bring a sense of childlike whimsy with my Petal People pressed flower figures. No part of these figures has been drawn, painted or computer-enhanced. They are created only from real ferns, leaves, flowers and herbs, or parts of those plants that I have grown in my garden (or snatched from other gardens, road sides and fields). Lately, I’ve been putting a little more sass in them, including a naked stick figure here and there, which entertain me to no end.

I have no formal art training. I majored in English in college and spent a decade working as an editor at a Boston newspaper. Making “stuff” was a way to relax from the stresses and deadlines of the job. As a result, I have dappled in many art forms and taken a slew of adult education classes, from stained glass to furniture upholstery, needle felting to book binding ... which means I have every tool known to man: a glass grinder, glue gun, a tabletop loom, a gocco printer, knitting needles and every kind of pliers you could imagine. I am simply called to create every day, whether it is in my garden, my studio or my kitchen.



Katherine Ehle

Katherine Ehle is an art director, photographer and artist who splits her time between Johnstown and New York City. She has been the art director for OPERA America since 2002 and has also designed for The Glimmerglass Festival, Symphony Space, the National Performing Arts Convention and the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds a B.S in Organizational Communication, Learning and Design from Ithaca College.

An avid music photographer, Kate has been an invited regular contributor to and WNYC's Culture Hub. She's shot for OPERA America, Symphony Space and the Anthology Film Archives and has been published online by Gothamist and The Village Voice and in print by The Boston Globe and Opera America. 

Kate creates her digital collages by manipulating and combining her images and experimenting with color, texture and mood. In January 2012, she had a solo show for her digital art at the historic American Hotel in Sharon Springs.        


Quiet Woods:  

Tender Jewelry

Two rustic tables make up the Quiet Woods studio. The first is in my 130 year old home in the small Village of Round Lake, NY. My mother, and design partner, owns the second table, 150 paces away. With our back and forth design process. We collaborate, produce work and report back to each other with ideas and results.

We work in sterling silver, hand cutting each piece which we then hammer, oxidize and buff to a rich patina. The Quiet Woods designs incorporate elemental shapes and restful spaces. Our jewelry is for everyday wear with its spare and modernist sensibility.

Worn close and cherished ~ tender jewelry

The Quiet Woods, Kim Sheridan-Dugmore & Mue Ziegler

P.O. Box 206, Round Lake, NY 12151         


Kathy 1 web.jpg

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.

Kathleen Oakes, Amsterdam, NY