Skaneateles Artisans seek new home

The artisans are hoping that someone with knowledge of an available retail space will learn of the artisans' dilemma and be able to accommodate their new home.

The number of artists represented by the co-op has doubled from 30 to 60 local artists since its inception making it by some measures one of the largest art cooperatives in the New York, according to watercolorist Bob Ripley. Beginning with just 3,000 square feet of gallery space, today the artists occupy nearly 4,500 square feet and regularly rotate a wide variety of art through the gallery.

Businesses such as the Artisans are important to this community and add immeasurably to the community's quality of life. It's difficult to shop at the major department stores in CBY and find the variety and quality the Skaneateles Artisans offer.

The artists have proven to be good "corporate citizens" beginning with their first year of operation and continuing through the present time with their annual silent auction of original art, donated by co-op artists and helping to fund the Skaneateles Outreach program locally, as well as the St. James Clear Water Project in the ravaged island of Haiti.

When the co-op's newest member, Lisa Twombly, moved from the Rochester area to nearby Marcellus, she immediately began looking for a connection through which she could present her handcrafted gemstone jewelry to the CNY Community.

"I had previously participated in shows in Naples, NY and at Sonnenberg Gardens," she said. "Skaneateles Artisans had a reputation for the high quality of work its artisans present and I could not have been more happy to be invited to join such a professional organization."

Many co-op artists believe that an important part of their mission as a cooperative is to educate the community, especially children. Ed Levine, a watercolorist and former art teacher, notes that the arts have historically been integral to a community's well-being and quality of life. That's the foundation for his and the Artisans' interaction with area students as hosts of an annual student art contest.

Anyone with village property that could become the new home of the Skaneateles Artisans is encouraged to contact: Teresa Vitale at 689-5037.

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