SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new gallery -- The Cottage of Art & Design (the Cottage) – has opened at 73 Beekman St. The collective showcases the work of six local creatives and features jewelry, fiber art, pottery, art quilts, tiles, mosaics, and paintings.
The “Cottagers” are: Amejo Amyot, creator of spiritually motivated clay work and paintings; Meg Dalton, maker of exquisitely detailed art quilts and wearables; Meryl Davis of Black Bird designs, designer and crafter of vibrant enamel jewelry and mosaics; Nancy Niefeld of Two Spruce Pottery, accomplished creator of finely crafted sculpture and pottery; Susan Rivers of Greentree Fiber Arts, practitioner of Quilted Alchemy, blending technology and tradition; and Don Shore of Lesperance Tiles, maker of artisanal tilework for installations and stand-alone art pieces.
The Beekman Street Arts District runs from Grand Avenue to West Circular Street. Guided by the non-profit organization Saratoga Springs Arts District, Inc. (SSADI), sponsors the annual Beekman Street Art Fair held in June, Friday night pop-up art events during the warmer months, and Frostbite Friday in the winter.
Upcoming events: From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, there will be a “Meet the Artist” featuring Susan Rivers of Greentree Fiber Arts. The shop will feature “Quilted Alchemy Magic Show” demonstrations and Artist Talk, and on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 1-3 p.m. Upcoming Featured Artist programs include: Meryl Davis, Friday, Aug. 26, highlighting mosaics and jewelry by Blackbird Designs; Amejo Amyot, Friday, Sept. 9, presenting Amejo Wyn Amyot’s “Spirt and Totem Animal” series.
Hours for shops on Beekman vary by location, but most are open 11a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For more information go to: www.ArtsonBeekman.org.