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Skaneateles Tea with Patience Brewster

Their work was always conceived and fashioned inside their home just as were their two beautiful children, Marietta "Mer" Gregg and the late Holland "Herm" Gregg IV who both also graduated from Skaneateles High School.

Patience said when she first worked on illustrating children's books, it was Holly who picked up the phone and acted as her agent. In their latest venture, Patience Brewster Cards, he was the one who fashioned the vehicle to take them to market.

Join Patience for tea at the Sherwood Inn

This weekend she will be signing her work at a tea at the Sherwood Inn hosted by two of her most supportive gift shops, Skaneateles' Pomodoro and The White Sleigh.

"Karen Foltz at Pomodoro has been an ardent patron in constant support of my art," Patience said. "She went to work years ago, carrying all my books and seeking out my very first random cards. Ten years ago that was not so easy, she had to hunt down work scattered among numerous publishers and stationery companies all over the country.

"She and Suzanne (from the White Sleigh) invested heavily in my very first years' Krinkles before anyone else had that much faith in me. She has been vigilant about trying still to keep all my products in stock, including books, cards, pillows, tea towels, calendars and Krinkles."

Krinkles is a line of holiday ornaments and decorations that Patience designs for a company called Department 56.

"I work completely alone in my small studio all year trying to imagine what someone might want from me and from my collections. I try to be true to the Holidays and to myself as I conceptualize and paint," she said. "I actually cannot make just any old thing, it doesn't work. I have to take some kind of pleasure, find a life in each piece."

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