Caz Artisans to celebrate past 10 years, American Craft Week

Cazenovia Artisans recently announced it is taking the opportunity presented by American Craft Week, Oct. 5 to 12, to announce a series of events designed to “give back to the community that’s been so supportive of us over the years,” said Marilyn Fegan, marketing chairperson.

With its 10th anniversary coming up less than a month after the nationally-celebrated American Craft Week, the nearly 30 local artists who comprise Cazenovia Artisans are taking advantage of the celebration to share with the community at large.

A keystone activity for the co-op of local artists is participation in the Cazenovia Art Trails the first two Saturdays in October.

Five artists will be demonstrating their respective art. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday, Oct. 6, Barbara Decker, a weaver, will work on a small loom. Jeweler Dee Ann Von Hunke will demonstrate stone cutting between 1 and 5 p.m. and local ceramic artist Shawn McGuire will use a potter’s kick wheel out front on the sidewalk from noon to 4 p.m.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. the next weekend, Oct. 13, quilter Sue Ellen Romanowski will demonstrate machine quilting. Wildlife sculptor Deb Green will demonstrate porcelain sculpture from 2 to 4 p.m.

Cazenovia Artisans doesn’t normally have sales, according to Fegan. However, in celebration of its 10th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 10, the organization will feature an all-day reception along with a 10 percent discount on all artwork in the gallery.

Artisans will host receptions, which will be open to the public, each Saturday throughout the month.

In addition to the scheduled demonstrations, individual artists are regularly on hand at the co-op’s gallery at 39 Albany St. in Cazenovia to answer questions and discuss their art with visitors.

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