Seven reasons to shop local, buy local, eat local ~and this isn’t just about the Holidays!
1. We help build Community - when you meet your neighbors in our shops and eateries you are building relationships and unity within our town - great social networking but - in person! 2. Our local economy strengthens because most small businesses return more money to the local economy than big box stores, chains, or online shopping. 3. Local business help to create a unique identity for their town - we give the town personality! 4. Overall customer satisfaction and service is something that small local business tend to excel at. It is one of our top priorities at The Palette & The Page. 5. We give back to our community - we tend to donate twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses, which helps make our community stronger and friendlier. 6. In our gallery we represent over 40 artists and over 15 authors, which means you have the potential to enhance the lives of over 55 local people and their families by shopping with us. We think that is pretty cool:) You can purchase locally made, one-of-a kind items that make the best unique gifts! Our products are diverse - nothing like what you can get at the mall or a box store. 7. If you come in often, we get to know you and can recommend items to you that we think would specifically appeal to you. We love knowing our customers that well.
Saturday, November 25th is “Shop Small Saturday” - we hope to see you then and through out the year - for without YOU we couldn't be! Thank you for your support as we being our 9th year on November 9th. What a ride and we are so happy you've been in the car with us! Patti
Jenny has been represented by us since February of 2013 - almost 5 years! She is a mixed media artist residing in Newark, Delaware. Her work is inspired by mythology, folklore, and the natural world. Her first loves in art school were metals and painting, then she discovered ceramics - and now takes great joy in the “mixed media” moniker. An instructor at the Art Studio in New Castle County, she is teaches ceramics and mixed media classes for children and teens. Jenny exhibits her work locally and in the region. Jenny began her career as an art educator in Charles County, Maryland teaching a wide variety of media, and art history, and ceramics. Always learning and experimenting as an artist, Jenny has worked with numerous national and international artists in workshops across the country: studying ceramics at Penland in North Carolina, bookbinding and printmaking in San Diego, and ceramics at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
Something you may not know about Jenny... I was featured on TV! A while back, 2004 I think… I was filmed for “That’s Clever” on HGTV. The show featured artists/makers/crafters around the country. They were in the Delmarva region – and I was
Victoria Kavalerov came to the USA 20 years ago and now lives in Pennsylvania. She was introduced to ceramics by a new friend and discovered an unknown happy "self". All these years she was associated with Art Centers in the Philadelphia suburbs. Making mostly functional ceramics, she is trying to provoke the viewer to make up images for each piece: a summer breeze in the forest, the stormy sky over a city, a Roman general, a peasant girl. Her process of making pottery is an ability to enjoy the creative process freely, without fear of doing wrong, with absolute certainty in success.
Something you may not know about Victoria...
What's the most exotic place you've ever visited? "I was born in USSR. Isn't that enough?"
AND - she has a wonderful sense of humor!
You can see photos of Victoria's ceramics on her page.
Sarah Dressler, originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Crafts/Metals. Her focus in college was largely on jewelry and no matter what medium she is working in she continues to work on a jewelers scale to this day. She discovered art dolls in 2001 and fell in love with the infinite variety of materials and styles that can be incorporated into these small sculptures. Sarah does not feel tied to the classical human form and delights in drawing new patterns for her dolls creating new silhouettes and playing with proportions; creating characters and new anthropomorphic creatures. Not content with the generic doll stand she has recently been creating small worlds for her dolls to inhabit, adding layers to the dolls personality.
Since art school she has worked in variety of mediums and in a variety of styles. When her children were young she was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she was given the highest possible awards for her contributions to the scribal arts. It was within the SCA that she rediscovered the art of calligraphy. Sarah has been demonstrating the art of calligraphy and illumination as a featured artist at the Medieval Festival and the Sacred Arts Festivals at the Glen Cairn Museum, in Bryn Athyn, PA since 2009.
Robin Burrucker has been an artist since she was big enough to hold a crayon. Having grown up along the shores of the Chesapeake among a family that loved nature and the outdoors, it was natural that her artwork followed in those footsteps. As well as painting, Robin enjoys graphite pencil drawing and photography. Her subjects are always those that walk, swim, crawl or fly. She loves nature and tries to capture the spirit of each animal she draws or paints. Many of Robin’s renderings reflect some moment experienced that has given her great joy. Her newest endeavor is painting on feathers. If anyone had told her she would be spending her springtime dissecting turkey tails and wings, they would have gotten “that look”. But here she is painting on feathers, her own small contribution to recycling. And what better way to portray nature than on a piece of nature itself? Robin handles each feather from beginning to end, procuring, cleaning and repairing it. They are remarkably fragile, but amazingly resilient. Each feather is used regardless of nicks or flaws. She finds perfection in the imperfect. For Robin, they are more interesting and alive with those little “flaws”.
Something you may not know about Robin... If your work were edible, what would it taste like? If my artwork were edible what would it taste like? Ah, I chuckle and have the urge to say, "roast turkey." But, "nah, I cant' say that!" Hmm...I would have to say a salad. Everything of the earth, organic. Fresh, with fruits and vegetables lending their wide variety of tastes, colors and textures. The dressing would be the emotions or the subject; strong, spicy, mild, sweet, intriguing, a never ending choice of flavors. Yep, definitely a salad!
Lynn Strano-Whitt is a jewelry and textile artist who resides in Newark, DE with her husband and two children. Lynn was always enamored with jewelry of all kinds growing up and the gift of a rock tumbler from her grandfather only fueled that interest further. Twenty years later, on vacation with her husband in North Carolina, Lynn encountered a wire jewelry artist and immediately thought, “I can do that!”. Upon arriving home, she ordered her first rolls of bare copper wire from an electric supply company and went about the work of teaching herself how to create wire jewelry (this was prior to Google and YouTube!). Since then, Lynn has continued to refine and enhance her jewelry designs, finding inspiration in all things. Lampwork glass beads, natural stones, crystals, various types of pearls, millefiori beads, polymer clay, porcelain and terra cotta clay, and paste paper are just some of the materials she has used in her jewelry making; although she always returns to her first love, copper wire. In May of 2010, Lynn joined what became The Palette & The Page, LLC and became an integral part of the creation and ongoing management of the gallery and continues to dedicate herself to the gallery’s success. Entirely self-taught, Lynn frequently shares her knowledge and techniques in various local workshops and exhibits her work in the tri-state area. Lynn also enjoys working with textiles. She has created a wide selection of hand-made baby apparel, as well as handbags and totes. Lynn also volunteers as a costumer for Delaware Dance Company’s production of the Nutcracker; working closely with the Artistic Director and other volunteers to create new costumes, update existing costumes and creating headpieces and props.
Carolyn received a wood burning kit for Christmas when in fourth grade. Throughout the years she dabbled with all kinds of arts and crafts. Eventually Carolyn decided that pyrography (wood burning) was what she loved to do. After raising two boys, in 2010 she decided it was time to really start her pyrography art business. At that time she became a member of The Palette & The Page, which is in her hometown. Carolyn started out her business creating murals using three dimensional shapes of cut out wood and other sources and adding color and texture to her work. Carolyn does custom order murals by taking photos of homes, businesses, churches etc., and then designs a special mural for personal remembrance. She is always looking for new ideas to expand her wood art and has expanded to wood bowls, platters, lazy susans, spoons and more. Loving what she does, it makes her even more joyful when creating customers ideas and designs on their choice of wood.
Something you may not know about Carolyn...
What does a perfect day look like to you? It would be a non humid low 70's day sitting and listening to a rushing river/creek with the sun gleaming off the water. I would be reading or just enjoying the view while eating popcorn and a waffle cone with a double ice cream. To top off the day I would then have a camp fire to enjoy the smell and to gaze into the flames. When I got tired I would crawl into my one man tent and sleep to the sounds of nature.
Hi Blog Followers! Thanks for hanging out with us. I've been thinking a lot about art and why having it in our lives is so wonderful and amazing. So... This Blog Posting Thursday I want to share with you what I think are: 7 Benefits to Owning Original Art! 1. The feeling it gives you when you purchase an original piece of work. There can be a sense of well being, happiness. For some people the pleasure of searching and owning artwork might even become an addiction! (sometimes I feel that way!) 2. Art can enhance your room, your home aesthetically. Paintings and sculpture can ground your interior and exterior space by providing a focal point. 3. The love of the particular piece and the joy it gives you just by looking at it day to day. 4. You are supporting an artist, financially and psychologically, giving them the opportunity to continue creating by your purchase. Of course the money is very important, but the knowledge that someone loved their work enough to want to own it can help them get up the next morning and continue to produce their perceptions two dimensionally and/or three dimensionally. 5. Orignal artwork is one-of-a-kind - no one else will ever own that particular piece that you have chosen to display in your home. You get to enjoy something everyday and share something with your family and friends that no one else ever can.
Sta-C Peterson, founder of StormFlight Designs creates Artisan Jewelry for women and men who are looking for uniquely designed, quality, handcrafted jewelry. Sta-C’s formal training began in the mountains of Northern Georgia at William Holland Lapidary School. She has studied gemstone faceting, silver metalsmithing, fold forming, enameling, lost wax casting, stone cutting, stone setting, box making and inlay. Education is an ongoing process she hopes to continue for a long time to come. Stacey is a member of the Tuscarora Lapidary Society of Brookhaven, PA. Inspiration for the creation of her art comes from the love of natural objects like stones and metal. She adds elements from Celtic designs and knots, ancient weaving techniques, and classic influences. Sta-C often scours the internet, catalogs and gem shows looking for striking shapes, colors and unique stones. As she holds a focal stone in her hands, she begins to visualize a completed piece of jewelry. She often admits that each piece has a will of its own and almost seems to create itself.
Something you may not know about Sta-C...
What is on your desk right now? Besides a lot of paperwork, I have several silver etched tree-of-life pendants half done and ready to put on some patina. I have been enjoying creating tree of life motif jewelry and etching is one of my favorite ways to create the design.
The woman behind BG Books, Janet Youse, has been with “The Palette & The Page” since its very beginning in November of 2009. Janet is from Elkton and with her love of reading has accumulated numerous books over time. It has been a dream of Janet’s to open a gently used book store in downtown Elkton. There is a beautiful selection of gently used books at 50% to 70% off of the original cover price for adults and children at ‘The Palette & The Page.’ The book collection offered rotates constantly, so be sure to check back often, especially around the various holidays when Janet puts out books related to those special days!
Something you may not know about Janet...
Where is your favorite place to be ? My home because I don't get to spend enough time there.
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