North country women commit to heart health, see results [Read more...]
Etsy, the handmade and vintage e-commerce site that has nearly a million sellers of everything from wool scarves to soap, has struggled with its identity as a mecca for small-scale artisans for its nearly decade-long existence. The struggle was captured in a terms of a service policy that grew to 14,000 words in an attempt to enumerate all of the gray areas in what qualified as “handmade.” Then, in September, Etsy changed its guidelines, allowing sellers to hire help for production or shipping, and even to forge partnerships with manufacturers.
The change has generated some anxiety among artisans who want to preserve the site’s small-scale, human-driven provenance and raised fears that larger sellers would infiltrate, taking a cut of these crafters’ livelihood.
But many sellers, including a number of north country merchants, believe the changes will help creative businesses grow and will perhaps change little about the site, which is expected to exceed $1 billion in total annual transactions this year.
“I think if it’s handmade it’s not going to be an issue,” said Thelma L. Hamilton, who has been hand-crafting holiday ornaments from her Watertown home for more than 20 years. “We’re already competing with worldwide merchants.” [Read more...]
Iron craftsman John Scarlett to headline TI Arts Center exhibit [Read more...]
CLAYTON — When officials at the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund were planning the summer 2013 season for the Clayton Opera House, some good-natured debate broke out.
“Each year, the shows seem to be getting bigger with more national names,” said TIPAF Executive Director Joseph M. Gleason. “There was some debate whether we wanted to continue that or stick with smaller shows and more of them.”
A compromise was struck. [Read more...]
CLAYTON — Joseph M. Gleason has found his stride again as theater manager.
You could see it in the swift way he moved from his third floor office to the first floor stage of the Clayton Opera House on the morning of March 8 as he and a crew prepared for the first show of the spring season. Questions were answered and directions given. Within the hour, students in grades 3 to 5 from three schools were to burst through the doors for Garry Krinsky’s “Toying With Science” matinee. [Read more...]
New St. Lawrence County Arts Council director ready for challenge with a ‘world of experience’ behind her
Colorado, Texas, Idaho, Alaska, New York and China: Rebekah L. Wilkins-Pepiton has seen them all.
Although she’s been across the United States and the globe, Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton has most recently settled in as a St. Lawrence County resident. She brings her worldly travels and all of the experiences that go with them to her new post as executive director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.
“It’s been great, the community here has been incredibly welcoming; it’s probably the most welcoming place I’ve ever lived,” she said. “My perspective is a bit skewed, because I was just in Southern China.” [Read more...]
The North Country Arts Council is only six months and $50,000 away from the construction phase of the Screen on the Square.
The multipurpose facility will bring independent films and local theater to downtown Watertown. It is the biggest project for the council, which is busy preparing for several initiatives this year. [Read more...]
One of our favorite parts of putting together a new issue of NNY Living is sitting down with the photo staff to see what they’ve come up with for the pages of the magazine. We’ve gone back through some of the best photos from our first year in publication and compiled them here. Some have been seen in print, others haven’t, but they all offer a one-of-a-kind look at living in Northern New York.
North country artisans produce wares perfect for gifting
To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, NNY Living is featuring 12 gifts that would be perfect for under the Christmas tree. With the regional push to support local vendors and artisans during the holiday shopping season, we decided there was no better place to look for these exceptional gifts than right in our own backyards. This year’s holiday gift guide features the wares of artisans from Malone to Holland-Patent and everywhere in between. If you’re looking for something unique, one-of-a-kind and custom made, the answer may just be right here.