A Big Idea in a Small Place
A group of five artists have come together to share space, create community and offer a dazzling array of art in a variety of media. 73 Beekman St., an historic building that was once a beloved barbershop, now houses work by local creatives as well as serve as space for (small) gatherings and workshops in the heart of the Saratoga Springs, NY Arts District.
Meet the Cottagers:
Meg Dalton’s interests include sewing, gardening and photography. In 2017, using garden and travel photos as inspiration, she began creating art quilts. Since that time her work has evolved to include abstract, collage and custom pieces for those seeking one of a kind gifts and quilts of treasured memories. Bold, vibrant color, black and white and everything in between! In Meg’s own words “I love fabric, everything about it – the patterns, the colors, the textures – the possibilities are endless.”
Meryl Davis is the creative behind Blackbird Design Studio. As a jewelry artist she creates unique & colorful wearable art in glass & mixed metals, with an emphasis on enamels.
In addition to jewelry, she uses glass to design mosaic art pieces and stained glass window art.
Nancy Niefield’s hands have been in clay since the 1960’s, when she was studying art education. Founding Two Spruce Pottery in 1985, she had a gallery/studio in Schenectady (1988-2010), taught ceramics at Union College (1999-2016) and presently creates sculpture and pottery.
Susan Rivers of Greentree Fiber Arts practices “Quilted Alchemy” and blends art and technology to create one of a kind fiber art and mixed media pieces. She enthusiastically shares her techniques and sells a wide selection of her unique products at the Cottage though her website and other select venues.
Featured at the Cottage this Summer is Susan ‘s Saratoga Arts grant-funded project “Collaborating with Ghosts and Other Friends”, an multi-pronged experience that brings memories to life in tangible, creative and meaningful ways. The project entails sharing her “Fabric Memoirs” techniques (developed and honed after years of cultivation) through workshops, demonstrations and a mixed media show and re-imagining the artwork of dearly departed friends artist Marilyn Ramsdale and photographer Bradford Smith.
Donald Shore is the owner of L’esperance Tile Works. L’esperance Tile makes tile for thoughtful gift givers and for installation around kitchens, bathrooms, and fireplace hearth. Custom products from this Saratoga county manufacturer focus on The Victorian and the Arts and Crafts styles.