Holiday Shopping Weekend
East Hill Gallery and Workshops open Dec. 12 and 13
MIDDLESEX — The Folk Art Guild at 1445 Upper Hill Road in Middlesex, will be open for safe shopping Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, noon to 4 p.m. both days. In response to many requests from neighbors, the East Hill Gallery, and four additional locations will host visitors for holiday gift buying. The Pottery, Weaving, the Woodshop, and “Romeo” will welcome guests who recognize the Guild as a destination to find a creative variety in crafts. In addition discounts and seconds will be offered widely.
The Pottery will display a huge selection of stoneware and porcelain ware for the house and garden. A recent kiln firing for this weekend will augment the supply of mugs and serving bowls, pitchers and platters. Generous discounts on seconds abound, and many come to this weekend to take advantage of these savings.
Looking for something warm to wrap around your shoulders? Ward off the evening chill with a shawl from the Guild Weaving Studio. You can gift yourself with a special natural dyed scarf, blanket, or poncho.
Up in the Woodshop, masked and distanced guests can see several large new salad bowls for larger families. A silver maple pair and a cherry bowl with food safe finishes could serve up to eight. A medium sized osage orange bowl serves four to six. In addition, there are many options for inexpensive gifts in wooden housewares. The Wooden Toys always delight.
In the East Hill Gallery the Natural Fiber Clothing Design has racks of handmade women’s tops and jackets. The eco printing technique has been utilized to wonderful effect on clothing, pillows, scarves, even eye pillows. Eco printing is a magic process where the imprint of a leaf can transfer to fabric. Also in the Gallery, a great selection of books, many discounted, will be available for browsing and selection. New fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, and children’s books make great gift ideas.
Not to be missed is Romeo, a building over near the Woodshop, where there will be more displays. Michael Hunter, long time Guild member, said, “The Graphics Shop will offer this fall’s harvest of one-of-a-kind notecards made from dried flowers and handmade papers. In addition we are excited to have a new Guild publication, East Hill Farm by Peter Gillan. With over 250 pages of photographs from the Guild’s archives, it offers a glimpse into our shared life here from 1967 to the present.” Also sharing the space, Inspired Designs, a creative outpouring of Gorham resident Colleen Runner, will brighten up the room. She has gathered antique tools, beads and findings to craft “talking pieces.”
For more information about the Guild, please visit www.folkartguild.org or call 585-554-3539.
A not-for-profit arts community and educational institution, the Guild began its work in crafts more than 60 years ago. Located on a 350-acre farm in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, the Guild has grown to receive worldwide recognition for its handcrafts, which have found their place in museums, private collections, shops, and galleries through the United States and abroad. The Guild also offers workshops for adults and conducts educational outreach programs for children. Its Apprenticeship Program is designed for young people who are searching for a practical, hands-on approach to learning and living. Working alongside experienced master craftspeople, apprentices learn proficiency in a craft and how to live alongside others in a community setting. Over the past dozen years, the Guild has offered an annual Craft Weekend in July for all ages, with fifteen hours of studio time.