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Shopping Local at Dutchess Handmade by Linda Marston-Reid

With the holiday season approaching in the final weeks of the year, shoppers are thinking about gifts. Shopping locally ensues your dollars stay in our community and also supports the local artists and makers that live and work in our neighborhood. This is the fifth year that Arts Mid-Hudson opens Dutchess Handmade, a pop-up shop filled with the highest quality handmade items created by 65 local artists featuring a wide variety of items; from cards, collectible glass and ceramics, to wood craft, paintings, photography, textile work, and fancy dog collars for your best dog friend.

There is a great selection of home decorator items and hostess gifts, always handy during the holiday season, including Janeen Martin’s handcrafted reclaimed wood art from the Hudson Valley. Wood craftsmanship includes Nicole Hughes’ cutting boards and trays embellished with organic patterned “art resin,” fusing beauty and durability, and Peter Hammerling’s shaker boxes and bowls. Jesica Clark sources willow from her property to weave lovely baskets, trays, and ornaments. Jeep Johnson’s signature fused glass platters and bowls will be in stock.

If the holidays mean you decorate a tree, there is an excellent assortment of holiday ornaments including Yvonne Laube’s feather light laser-cut wood ornaments featuring farm and zoo animals. Jeep Johnson brings his fused glass ornaments and Carolyn Edlund’s collectible ceramic horses return this year as holiday ornaments in a variety of colors.

Lynn Isaacson’s American Country Pottery is handmade on her property in Pine Bush. Nicole Jurain’s ceramic mugs come in a variety of sizes and natural patterns combining clays and glazes with organically swirled colors. Marilyn Price offers her pit-fired functional and decorative stoneware pottery.

Handmade jewelry is always a special gift and Dutchess Handmade offers the work of over 10 jewelry makers creating in a variety of metals, designs and prices. From finely-made silver creations with semi-precious stones and antique findings to fun jewelry, there is something for all ages and tastes.

Other favorites include Sharon Emmett’s popular mittens from repurposed cashmere sweaters and her distinctive decorative gnomes. There are a variety of knitted cozy hats, scarves and hand warmers created with washable silk and wool, Marilyn Dvozenja’s crocheted scarves and hats and Mary Flad’s finely handwoven scarves.

Fine art is a wonderful gift, whether it is a painting, a photograph or a drawing. With more than 10 visual artists’ small works on display, you could give a gift that was original and affordable, or decide to collect for yourself. For instance, traditional landscape painter Tarryl Gabel offers mini paintings at collectible prices. Artist-made holiday photo cards are one way to shop local and share our local scenery – this year’s offerings include cards by Linda Hubbard and Liz Okon featuring views of the Hudson Valley.

Details: Dutchess Handmade pop-up is located at Arts Mid-Hudson, 696 Dutchess Turnpike (just west of Adams Fairacre Farms) Poughkeepsie.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day). The shop is open through December 19, 2018.

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Arts Mid-Hudson has served up fresh arts and culture across the region for over 53 years. This biweekly series of columns showcases arts, artists’ work and arts events across the region presented with the support of Arts Mid-Hudson. For information about its services, events and grant opportunities visit, call 845-454-3222 or email [email protected].