SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – A new local art gallery called Cottage of Art & Design is making its debut this weekend in Spa City’s Beekman Street Arts District.
Located at 73 Beekman St. in Saratoga Springs, Cottage of Art & Design was recently founded by six local artists – Amejo Wyn, Meg Dalton, Meryl Davis, Nancy Niefield, Susan Rivers and Donald Shore – who together fill the 300 square-space for the feet with their individual works of art.
Paintings, sculptures, quilts, textile art, pottery, jewelry and tiles can all be found in the small shop.
The six artists, who each have their own style, are happy to support each other in this new venture.
Wyn, one of the founders of the Beekman Street Arts District, is a painter, clay sculptor and teacher.
Davis, of Blackbird Design Studio, is a jewelry artist who creates unique and colorful wearable art in glass and mixed metals, with an emphasis on enamels.
Founder of Two Spruce Pottery, Niefield’s hands have been in clay since the 1960s, creating sculptures and pottery.
Rivers practices “quilting alchemy” by blending art and technology to create fiber and mixed media artwork.
Shore, owner of L’esperance Tile Works, makes tiles for thoughtful gifts and for installation around kitchens, bathrooms and the home.
Dalton creates art quilts inspired by photos of gardens and travels. With the opening of the gallery, his series of pieces featuring buildings on Beekman Street is presented for the first time.
Being on Beekman Street means a lot to the group of artists. “Being part of the Beekman Street Arts District, for me, is really something special,” said Dalton, of Middle Grove. “It looks like a very tight-knit neighborhood, and I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
Cottage of Art & Design will open its doors to the public for the first time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, coinciding with the first Pop-Up Art on Beekman event of 2022.
After that, the new business will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, until the hours change for the summer season.
A grand opening event is set to take place in May, with details to be announced.
The owners are also looking forward to being open for the upcoming Beekman Street Arts Fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.
In the future, the Cottage of Art & Design team also wants to organize its own events such as workshops and courses or intimate programs with guest artists.
“And hopefully one day we might need a bigger space. That would be nice,” Dalton said, “but so far we’re really happy with this little building.”
Cottage of Art & Design will soon have a website at www.cottageartdesign.com.