Skaneateles Artisans seek new home

All of a sudden Skaneateles Artisans, a major local art cooperative that has thrived in Skaneateles and grown to become an outlet for high quality local art, is looking for a new home. With the approaching tourist season, time is of the essence.

Over the past four years, the Skaneateles Artisans' gallery has become an integral part of the Central New York art community. As it readied itself as a headliner attraction for last weekend's CNY Blooms Flower and Garden show, the artists were hit with the biggest hurdle of their gallery's young life. The building they have called home since their founding in June of 2007 had been sold, leaving the artisans with 30 days to make room for the new owners - and hopefully find a new home.

With the same "can do" spirit that had launched the popular gallery four years ago, 11 artisans rallied on the stage at the Onondaga County War Memorial for a record breaking weekend. In momentary breaks between customers, the artists, ranging from a watercolorist to jewelry designers and wildlife sculptor to faux painter and glass artists, brainstormed ideas about how to keep their cooperative dream alive.

"We want to stay in Skaneateles," one artist after another confirmed. "And, if we can have our wish," said Faux Painter Teresa Vitale, "we'll land on our feet, on Genesee Street, the main retail street in this historic village."

Keeping the Skaneateles Artisans in the village is a "must do" goal for the artists who began the village's popular "First Friday Art Night" shortly after it's grand opening in June of 2007. It has become a well attended and much appreciated monthly draw for village and area residents. In fact, other businesses within the village have joined in the monthly celebration of the arts making it an ever more important night for the whole community.

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