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MEET THE MAKER: ALISON SMITH OF SALT & STILL

To longtime New Yorkers, the beauty and serenity of the Hudson Valley is no secret. The landscape has always been conducive to the creative processes of artists. Now more than ever, out-of-staters are increasingly calling it home, and finding that the region offers just what they need to flourish. One such artist is Alison Smith, or Ali, as most of us call her. Ali relocated late last summer from Jersey City to the Hudson Valley. Experimenting in all areas of textile art, Ali is an incredibly prolific maker. She runs Salt & Still, a successful one-woman business for which she...
Feb 24, 2017 | BY: AMANDA DIROBELLA

NEW CHAPTERS: NEW YORK "NEW" STATE OF MIND BOOKS

The dreary days of winter are, in my opinion, good for precisely two things: reading and daydreaming — and the two converge if you've picked the right material. This month I found myself unconsciously reaching for two memoirs that coalesce at that intersection: Kristin Kimball's The Dirty Life: On Farm, Food and Love and Josh Kilmer-Purcell's The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers. Though I first read these books years ago they remain vivid in my memory and are a joy to revisit (and I have gifted copies to many, many friends). Set respectively in New York's Essex and Schoharie counties,...
Jan 27, 2017 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY

NEW DECLARATIONS: THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN 1848 AND 2017

The January 21 Women's March on Washington extended the continuum of women's democratic protest inaugurated by The First Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in July 1848. At that gathering of women and men in the Finger Lakes more than 160 years ago, chief among the orders of business was the presentation and signing of a "Declaration of Sentiments." While a number of the grievances recorded in the document are now vestiges of the past — women's suffrage, the license to practice medicine and law, college co-education — much remains wanting. Now seems like a particularly apt moment to revisit...
Jan 23, 2017 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY

FRESH "AIRE": REVITALIZING AT NYC'S AIRE ANCIENT BATHS

New year, new you. In concert with sampling New York Makers’ soothing bath and body products, should you be looking to revive yourself amid the inevitable winter blues slump, now is the time to discover AIRE Ancient Baths. Inspired by the ritual baths of ancient Greece and Rome, AIRE transports you out of time and into a series of thermal baths, aromatherapy steam room and relaxation — with 30, 45 and 60-minute massages to complete the experience. AIRE Ancient Baths opened in Seville, Spain 15 years ago in a refurbished mansion built on the foundations of a first century A.D. Roman...
Jan 17, 2017 | BY: NEW YORK MAKERS

DECEMBER 2016: THE PERFECT READ FOR A NEW YORK GIVING STATE OF MIND

For the ultimate lesson in gift giving, curl up in front of the fire with "The Gift of the Magi," O. Henry's transcendent and timeless short story that describes the challenges of a poor young New York City couple as they strive to give each other Christmas gifts despite their limited financial means. Author O. Henry (pen name of William Sydney Porter), a New York transplant from Greensboro, North Carolina, is said to have written the tale at Pete’s Tavern, the Irving Place haunt still in operation in New York City's Gramercy neighborhood. Originally published in 1905, "The Gift of the...
Dec 21, 2016 | BY: NEW YORK MAKERS

MEET THE MAKER IN PERSON: OPEN HOUSE AT WILL MOSES' MT. NEBO GALLERY

Want to meet one of our New York Makers and see where the magic happens? Artist Will Moses (whose "Sugar Sugar" puzzle is featured in this month's custom animation, pictured above) invites the public to stop by his Mt. Nebo Gallery during the month of December for a festive celebration. Visitors will enjoy hot coffee and cookies against the backdrop of a traditional Christmas tree as they peruse Will's original art, books, puzzles, cards, and maple syrup for Christmas Morning! And a big bonus: All visitors will go home with a wonderful gift: a free Will Moses calendar. Talk about a...
Dec 02, 2016 | BY: NEW YORK MAKERS

NOVEMBER 2016: A THANKFUL STATE OF MIND

There is much to be thankful for this month. No matter your thoughts on the imminent election — and there are plenty of states of mind for that one — what a gift it is to have the freedom of speech and franchise. As a woman, I am particularly indebted to the suffragettes of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, held in New York's town of the same name that now houses the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Their efforts and courage achieved major strides in the long march toward the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 72 years later. And...
Nov 30, 2016 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY

THANKFUL FOR FEMALE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, MANY MADE IN NEW YORK

On November 8, 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton won the popular vote for President of the United States by a reported 2,300,000 votes (and counting), but lost the election based on her 232 electoral votes in contrast to Donald Trump’s 306. It was a blow for those rooting for her not just because they believed she was the better candidate but also because she would have broken the glass ceiling to become the first woman President. Her success in winning the Democratic Party nomination in 2016 followed a previous unsuccessful bid in 2008, when she lost to Barack Obama despite winning...
Nov 28, 2016 | BY: NEW YORK MAKERS

9 BOOKS TO PUT YOU IN A NEW YORK THANKFUL STATE OF MIND

Thankful for achingly beautiful and observant prose, poetry and images, fiction or fact but all true to the human experience and written by New Yorkers, we share a few of the books on New York Maker’s November reading list -- including some you may have read before and want to discover again: 1. Richard Russo - Nobody’s Fool Richard Russo, born in Johnstown, N.Y. and raised in Gloversville, N.Y., brings his special brand of humor and pathos to his main character, the fictional Sully, who is struggling with a multitude of life themes in a fictitious, small, upstate town. 2....
Nov 24, 2016 | BY: AMANDA MARIE ROGERS

MEET THE MAKER: ISABEL TONELLI OF ISABEL'S KITCHEN

Isabel Tonelli is happiest when in her kitchen cooking healthful food to nurture body and soul. She found her calling in designing and producing cleanses and healthful small-batch food. Her eponymous Isabel’s Kitchen in Pine Plains, N.Y. offers gourmet plant-based juices, tonics, granola, and meals, as well as kitchen and lifestyle products aimed at living healthfully and well. We're pleased to offer her Organic Granola on NewYorkMakers.com.   Earlier this month, New York Makers sat with Isabel at her cafe/shop's communal table to discuss how her path brought her from her home-country of Argentina to the heart of the Hudson...
Nov 13, 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND

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