Jim and I had a blast at the beCause Show at St Mike’s on March 14, 2015. Many thanks to the folks who put it together! We talked to lots of people and spread the word about Yellow Dog Farm and Grand Isle Art Works, of course! We made a donation to Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources (C.I.D.E.R.).
YELLOW DOG FARM will be donating to CIDER, INC. The very best non-profit group helping keep islanders’ in their homes!
C.I.D.E.R.’s mission is to develop and foster resources that enable the people of Grand Isle County, Vermont to live in their community with dignity. C.I.D.E.R. accomplishes this by providing direct services and collaborating with other individuals and groups. C.I.D.E.R. feels a special responsibility to elders and persons with disabilities.
The values that guide C.I.D.E.R. are to be: Caring, Creative, Client Based, Cost Effective and Community Based.
Jim and I had a grand time at the Craft Vermont, 2014 show sponsored by Vermont Hand Crafters. It was held the weekend before thanksgiving at the Sheraton in Burlington. Amazing artists all around – and stupendous customers! Can’t wait ’til next year!
…and we know what that means! Getting ready for Sheep and Wool Festivals and Craft Shows! Jim has been making mountains of wood shavings. I can see 4 brand new completed yarn bowls from where I am sitting. Gorgeous! And I have been dying lots of yarn in new colors! I am loving the Intense Iris! – not sure there will be any left to sell. Sorry![portfolio_slideshow id=211]
The truck is packed with every possible bit of fiber and wood. Snacks for the ride and cell phones charged. I think we are ready to head to Hemlock, NY for the Finger Lakes Fiber festival. This is a great show nestled in the countryside of New York state! Love being there. I am actually looking forward to sitting and spinning all day on Saturday and Sunday!
Jim has been turning wood non-stop for the last two weeks. There are several beautiful yarn bowls packed and ready to share!
Three years ago, Jim and Ellen were determined to have a place to locate their artwork in their island community in Vermont. They set about to purchase a farmhouse that had seen much better times! In fact, it had been left open, literally, to the weather for over two years. For Jim and Ellen, it was love at first sight. They hardly noticed the tumble down cow and wagon barns built in the 1790s or the driveway the ended right AT the porch.
All they saw were the bones of the building with brightly painted walls and a huge restaurant quality stove in the middle! The farmhouse was deemed perfect and they set off to purchase it. The concept – build a gallery and cafe space that would give Vermont artists a unique place to show their art work. Create a commission schedule that favored the artist first – while still hopefully paying the bills. Make the art space a destination that would entice folks from “off-island” on to the island, increasing the economic vibrancy of not only the gallery itself, but also the islands as well.
The dream is almost complete. Grand Isle Art Works now supports over 65 Vermont artisans featuring art work from many different medias. Jim and Ellen are working around the clock to create “the” destination feel for this art space.
And it’s working…except…the gallery sits on a hill on a piece of State highway with a speed limit of 50 mph. Our current sign is old and drab and blends into the background. We have been told over and over again, “We would have stopped but we didn’t know you were there.”
Enter gallery artist, Amey Radcliffe and her new invigorated interpretation of our gallery logo – bright, sunny – impossible to miss if it were to be on a sign. Add Amey’s logo for our Cafe at the Gallery…and now we’ve got something special.
The wooden sign posts are there. But we need Amey’s graphic designs turned into new signs! That’s where you come in…Help us make this gallery a true destination — we need to brand this labor of love!