Wednesday, December 7, 2011

For all our jeweler friends

  • Got a head's up from my oldest daughter, Tanya Garment, who thought there would probably be at least a couple jewelry artisans interested in getting gemstones at wholesale prices. Daughters are most helpful in spreading the word
  •  so without further ado - she forwarded the following from another person's daughter:  
  • Hi Parents, My father is visiting NYC from his new home in India, where he is in the gem business. He is a man obsessed with these beautiful stones. He knows every detail, and they are each hand-picked by him from his personal suppliers who have been in the gem-cutting business for generations. If anyone out there wants to create a special piece of jewelry for a loved one this holiday season, come by and see what he has. His prices are far better than anything you'd find in a store since he has no overhead or advertising costs.
  • Details are below. 
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Glowing Gems - direct from the gemstone cutting workshops of Jaipur, INDIA 
Ruby, sapphire, blue topaz, aquamarine, tanzanite, peridot, citrine and more!
Loose or set, top quality at exceptional prices. 

Date: Sunday, December 11, from 1 to 5 PM.
At : Cabrini Blvd and 186 street
RSVP to get exact address

To view the collection, email Susan at:
or call 212 781-2524

Monday, October 17, 2011

Keep Warm buy a C. Joseph Creation

one-of-a-kind vest
Catherine Joseph creates shirts, vests, scarves and coats using sumptuous fabrics.
Women's Coat
Wool and Cashmere among the choices for coats

Her shirts can be worn by both men and women. 
I have a lovely green plaid woolen one in size Small.
Catherine will be present at the Artisan-Market every Saturday till the end of the Season.Catherine Joseph = click on to her website for more info.

Son of a Potter- Chris Dewees -

A lifelong resident of Ft. Greene, Chris Dewees thinks of pottery as an avocation and uses his limited spare time creating at Greenwich House Pottery in Manhattan. The basics were learned in his mother's studio, where she put him to work as a very young assistant. Now he is fine-tuning his skills and experimenting with various glazes. He enjoys exhibiting and selling his creations at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market on a weekly basis during the market season and is always ready for a dialogue related to pottery, his viewpoints, and just about anything else.

Come hear the Strung Out String Band - 10/22 - Saturday

Old- Timey Appalachian Music brought to you by enthusiastic professionals. Don't miss them at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market this coming Saturday, October 22. Listen live and buy their CD. Keep the free live music alive.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Angeline Roth @ Newark Museum

Angeline Roth, a regular participant at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market has work for sale in Newark Museum's gift shop during their "Patchwork from Folk Art to FIne Art" exhibition 9/13 - 12/31/2011. The Newark Museum has amassed one of the most comprehensive quilt collections in the nation- both stylistically and historically.Newark Museum is one of the best small museums in America and definitely worth a visit, but you can also buy Angie's creations weekly at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market- Saturdays through Nov. 5th.  More about Angie

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jonny Hirsch Live 10/1 at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan Market

 Fusing elements of rock, funk, jazz, and skat singing with a powerful voice and a dynamic saxophone, Jonny’s music has an original sound of its own, while staying true to its roots in new age blues and funk. This versatile composer and lyricist pays tribute to the great traditions of American rock and blues in his song writing. Enjoy a free live performance starting at Noon next to the DeKalb Avenue and Washington Park corner park entrance to Ft. Greene Park. Original CDs will be available for purchase.

Add Saturday, October 1st to your events calendar.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dress Designer Extrodinaire, on Sat.5/14 @ Artisan-Market

Esperanza Spalding won the 2011 Grammy Award for "Best New Artist" wearing a dress designed by Selma Karaca. Who knows what accolades you'll receive wearing one of Selma's dresses. Selma will be selling at the Artisan-Market this coming Saturday, 5/14
She will also return on Saturdays, May 21 and May 28
Come early it's like a sample sale on your doorstep.


Beth Taylor's jewelry is a combination of old silversmith techniques with a contemporary sensibility.  Recycled metal cans provide the bright colors she loves. These are combined with hand tooled silver elements which are then tastefully joined together into unique pieces of  jewelry. Beth will be selling at the Artisan-Market on the following Saturdays: May 14, June 18 and September 10th.  Preview more of her work on her website:  A Quirk of Art

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Please Tweet On! Sat. May 7

  • Every Saturday is a little different at the Artisan-Market. 

  • William Lewis will be testing the territory this coming Saturday.

  • Le Petit Savon will be coming quite often to sell here

  • Jonathan Castro is a regular, who premiered his appearance last year.

  • Cartherine Joseph's Yellow Butterfly Shirt -perfect for Summer is pictured above.

  • Please check this blog and also facebook for regular updates throughout the season.

  • Need more info: write to Natasha at

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    New at the Artisan-Market - May 7th

    William Lewis Accessories

    La Petite Savon  sample soaps
    Jonathan Casto Bowl

    Peter Blanchette - Live: Saturday, May 7

    Peter Blanchette  Will again travel from Massachusetts to perform at the Artisan-Market. First scheduled appearance this coming Saturday, May 7th. Peter is the inventor of the 11 string archguitar. Click onto his name for an extensive bio. 

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Sat. April 30 - Another Work In Progress

     We'll be joined by a fabulous new to this market artisan: Dara Hymowitz will arrive with amazing handwrought creations: handmade paper albums, stationary sets, fabulous boxes and albums with covers created from vintage board games. She's travelling from Katonah - So come on over and be amazed.

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    TWEET ON!!

    Start Spreading the News... Angeline Roth, Catherine Joseph, Chris Dewees, Corey Sky, Jonathan Castro, Kevin Barry, Masumi Hayashi, Oza Plynton Will all be present on Sat. 4/23 Sunshine Man, maestro of enamaled metal designs, might also make an appearance.

    Boogie on Down Saturday, April 23 to Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market

    Lio and Linn Skate board Decks
    Welcome. Rocks and Salt is an accessories design and manufacturing team based in Brooklyn, NY, specializing in hats and jewelry. All our designs are handmade with an eye towards style and function. From start to finish great attention is paid to all aspects of quality. Thanks for checking out our site and feel free to be in touch. Cheers.
    Come on over and check out one-of-a-kind Skateboard Decks among the many and varied handmade creations featured on Saturday, April 13th @ the Artisan-Market. PLUS: Corey Sky performing at Noon.  

    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Opening Day of 2011 Season: The Weather Gods Must Be Crazy- 4/16

    Corey Sky was Super. I felt warmer when he sang and played. There was even one for Natalie (bet he didn't know that was my name) Natasha is just as long but the diminutive form of this name, used by my family, so I made it my legal name. Better than being called Nat Lee- Some American accents really.... The wind blew, the sky darkened regularly, but it didn't rain. Some vendors didn't show up fearing the weather forecast would be accurate. It was so cold and windy that most of us left early. Even GreenMarket has a congratulations, on their website, thanking all the  brave vendors, who actually arrived at Ft. Greene Park and manned their booths. Of course buyers were also rather scarce.
    - But our return to the regular weekly Saturday Schedule was duly noted in the Ft. Greene Association's Newsletter, which was being passed out at the Park and will be both mailed and available at the coming FGA Meeting at Lafayette Presbyterian Church, So Oxford entrance - Monday, May 2nd. Main topic will be Jobs and the Film Industry. You can also get updates online at;
    - Lio and Linn Designs have a new Facebook page - so check it out and become a Fan.  Of Course the best way to show you "Like" someone's work is to purchase it. Actions speak so much better than words. They'll be back this coming Saturday, April 23rd but won't be here every saturday this year, so make haste and come on over 9 to 5 at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market. Corey will again be playing at Noon. 

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Take Note - Another Work in Progress.

    • Permit # FF-193: On Thursday April 7 (7am-11pm) and Friday April 8 (11am-2am ) 2011, the feature film “Extremely Loud…” is scheduled to film exterior scenes at 56 South Oxford Street between DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues. 
    • Don't have a journal/diary - Find one at the Artisan-Market. Dara Hymowitz will be selling handmade beauties. The name of her business is Another Work In Progress.
    •  Dara will be here, Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market, starting on Saturday, April 30th.

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Only One Week till Opening Day

    food paintings
    Saturday, April 16th Artisan-Market will be back on the DeKalb Avenue sidewalk perimeter of Ft. Greene Park, adjacent to the GreenMarket at the intersection of DeKalb and Washington Park. We'll have live music by Cory Sky around noon. Come and see old faces and new with a wide range of beautiful and unique handmade creations.

    Thursday, March 24, 2011


    This year's SONYA Studio Stroll will take place on Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 12pm-6pm both days, rain or shine! The self-guided tour of SONYArtist members' studios and galleries will take place in Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill, Wallabout and Bedford Stuyvesant.  Until then - Click on the link and get updates on the website: SONYA ONLINE  Artisan-Market will have SONYA Totes, Bags and Buttons available for sale. Purchase of these items will help support production of this Free Annual Arts Event.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Buddy Holly Meets the Beatles- Corey Sky Performs

    Opening Day - Saturday April 16 - Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market

    Corey Sky will be performing at the Artisan-Market opening day around Noon @ Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market. Keep up with his schedule of performances and sample some of his music on Corey Sky's website

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Jorge Torres/The Beast: Art Exhibition&Sale

    Jorge's Artwork will be gracing the walls of the Beast for the whole month of March
    Jorge is a member of the South Of the NavyYard Artists.


    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    The Idea of Sustainability Inundates the Handmade Scene

    Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design  

    "I believe the simple act of making something, anything, with your hands is a quiet political ripple in a world dominated by mass production... and people choosing to make something themselves will turn those small ripples into giant waves" Faythe  Levine.  In 2006, Ms Levine travelled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 artisans to create a documentary chronicling the indie craft movement, which is currently available in both book and dvd format. "the shift from fine art making to crafting is a logical one for many artist, who want to make usable items that remain meaningful" from a review by 'Trie.
    Nadia Miller

    Kevin Barry Back at the Artisan-Market 4/16/11

    A favorite designer featured at the Artisan-Market, Kevin Barry will be found selling his latest creations throughout the 2011 Season. He only sells in person, refusing to have a website, so don't miss out on this opportunity to view, try on and purchase one of his many one - of - a - kind recycled textile, yarn and fur creations. 

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Fantasy Clocks at the Artisan-Market

    What can I say? 
    Richard Birkett is as unique an artist as his creations "Fantasy Clocks" one of a kind. 
    Birkett will be back during the Spring/Summer segment of the Artisan-Market. 
    Saturdays, April 16 through July 2.

    Unique Luggage Tags by Angeline Roth

    You'll have no trouble finding your luggage, when you use one of Angie's Luggage tags. One of her latest designs, they come in a very wide range of cotton fabrics.
    Come and check them out at the Artisan-Market. They're cheap enough to buy as small gifts or perhaps party favors.

    Saturday April 16 at the Artisan-Market

    Angeline Roth is a well-known artisan, designing a wide range of tableware accessories, including runners, placemats and coasters. She has a super informative website, but only sells at art markets and fairs plus accepts the occasional commission. There's a link to her website on Angeline will be back at the Artisan-Market starting on April 16th.  

    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Catherine Joseph Back with lots of new men's fashions

    Catherine Joseph will be back at the Artisan-Market starting on Opening Day- Saturday, April 16th. Pictured above is one of her beautiful creations. She's busy creating men's and women's one of a kind coats after their great success at the One of A Kind Shows in NYC and Chicago.

    Lio and Linn at the Artisan-Market

    Handcrafted Wooden home accessories 1.

    Masumi Hayashi is a Tiffany trained metalsmithing designer, who adds beautiful metal details to elegant wooden designs from Lio and Linn.

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Patience is a Virtue

    Just want to apologize for any typos, duplications of info or lack of details in my blog posts. Still learning how to get this blog rolling. So hope you sign up as a follower. You can send me updates if you have any news about yourself, if  you happen to be an artist/designer/musician/community greening activist, participating in Ft. Greene's Artisan-Market or merely a fan living in the NYC vicinity. I will probably publish and help spread the  news, especially since there are so few free calendar listing possiblities available to artists. Just remember a picture is worth a thousand words, so try to attach one to your info. I'm just adding a couple of my etchings to make this post more interesting.
    Natasha's print on demand website

    Buddy Holly Meets the Beatles- Opening Saturday @ the Artisan-Market

    Corey Sky will give you a taste of his repetoire Saturday, April 16th around noon at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market 

    Buddy Holly Meets the Beatles

    Corey Sky will be performing opening Saturday around Noon @ Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market. Keep up with his schedule of performances and sample some of his music on his website. Corey can also be found on Facebook.Corey Sky's website February 27 @6PM He can be seen at Spike Hill and March 5 @ 7 PM you'll find Corey at K&M.

    Tree Give-Away by Green Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

    Grammy Award Winner wore Selma Karaca dress

    Esperanza Spalding wore Selma Karaca dress
    Designer, Selma Karaca, a frequent vendor returning to sell at Ft. Greene Park's Artisan-Market in June, was honored to have Best New Artist, Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spalding accept her award wearing one of Selma's lovely creations.

    Opening Day 2011

    The Artisan-Market will be back on its weekly Saturday Schedule starting April 16th. I'm praying for warmth and sunshine but we'll be there, adjacent to GreenMarket on the DeKalb Avenue sidewalk perimeter of historic Ft. Greene Park in Downtown Brooklyn.