19 November

The Daily Potholder. Inspirational art.

by Jon Katz

  Fresh off the sewing machine, the newest potholder

November 19, 2009 – Working on short story, soaking up the crisp sunny day. Thinking this has been a mild November, and grateful for that. Last year was not, in many ways. Lots of people writing to say the potholders are inspiring them to make some art that is useful, less expensive, colorful. They have inspired me too. Maria is excited about starting a business and hopes to make belts (out of ties) quilts, potholders and other stuff next year. She grows and grows, changes and learns. It’s exciting to see. I always wanted the Studio Barn to be a creative little house, and it is.
 Like a lot of things, art is changing. Maria’s potholders have inspired me to present my photographs differently, and less expensively. Christine Nemec and I are working to sell some photos as cheaply as possible for the January 9, 2010 show of my work, “Portraits Of My Life,” at the Redux Gallery in Dorset, Vt. Not easy to sell photographs. I will be giving a talk there in January, a nice break-up of the winter. We’ve chosen about 19 photos.
  Events: This Sunday, 1-3 p.m. at Union Village, Greenwich, N.Y. Signing books, selling ASA Calenders, and Maria’s potholders (I will be selling them, she will be at work.)
             Next Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Gardenworks, Salem, N.Y. (518 854-3250). Signing calendars, books, selling potholders (Maria will be there.)
             Noon, December 5, grand opening of the new Battenkill Bookstore, Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. Bringing dogs, signing books.

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