The “Talking To Animals” Bedlam Farm Open House is Saturday and Sunday, June 10th and 11th from 11am -4pm.
Jon’s new book “Talking To Animals” is coming out May 5th. Just in time for our June Bedlam Farm Open House.
Join us on Saturday and Sunday, June 10th and 11th from 11am-4pm at Bedlam Farm. Meet Jon and some of the animals you’ll read about in “Talking To Animals”. Have your book signed. And enjoy an outdoor reading.
I’ll have eight artists showing and selling their work in my School House Gallery (you can see more about that below). Jon and Red and Fate (kinda) will be herding sheep. And you can visit with the donkeys, Fanny and Lulu.
Mary Kellogg and Jackie Thorne will be reading their poetry and selling their books.
I’m sure many of you know Ed Gulley from his and his wife, Carol’s blog Bejosh Farm Journal. Ed’s an artist and a farmer. And he uses all the stuff that he finds around his farm to make his art. He calls it Junk Art. It may start out as junk, but by the time Ed gets done welding and tying and drilling and bending metal, that junk becomes art. Some of it is functional, like his wind chimes which he has been selling like crazy on his blog. Ed has spent his life around animals, and his love for them is expressed in his sculptures ability to capture their essence. You can read more about Ed Gulley, his art and his farm here.
This is the first time Cheryl Gutmaker will have her art at the Bedlam Farm Open House. Cheryl makes mostly functional art from glass. Bowls and dishes, servers and soap dishes. She’s has a passion for glass since she was a kid and started working with it seriously for over 10 years ago. I only met Cheryl last year, but I’ve had one of her soap dishes in my bathroom for a long time. It’s one of those pieces of art that I get joy from many times a day. Cheryl was featured on a PBS Special AHA! A House for Arts. You can see Cheryl make her art, with her husband’s help on the video here.
And you can see more of Cheryl’s art on here on her blog The Lady’s Got Glass.
Debbie Glessner is an artist who works in many different mediums. I’ll be showing and selling her photography, in the form of prints and notecards and her Earrings in my School House Gallery. Her photography focuses mainly on nature and animals. She often manipulates her images, somehow making the feel more alive and imbuing them with a sense of mystery. Debbies earrings are delightful and elegant. Dangling and sparking like crystals in the sunlight. But you can see them for yourself on the video above.
Rachel tells it all on her blog My Sketchy Life. She’s and artist and a writer and over the past few years has been unstoppable. She’s self-published at least 4 books and paints everyday. She write with humor and honesty about her family and their life in Vermont. Every time I see Rachel she’s working on something new. Her lastest book A is for All-Nighter is an alphabetical guide to parenting. Rachel’s painting was greatly influenced by a recent family trip to Iceland. Her landscapes are very personal, not just a depiction of the beauty of nature, but filled with life, filtered though Rachel’s experiences.
“I doodle” Kim told me. “I always have.” She calls them her hieroglyphics. Small line drawings, particular to Kim. They are her own visual language. And now, she’s interpreting them through hand stitched embroidery onto her felted wallets. Graceful and with a bit of humor, her lines create forms that seem to be trying to tell us something just beyond reach. Perhaps the speak not to our minds, but to something deeper, more primal inside of us. They seem to come from the recesses of Kim’s being. You can see more of what Kim is doing here, on her facebook page Farm House Buttons and Wool.
Sara Kelly’s paintings are drawn from life and her imagination. Nature and animals are her themes and they come alive through her brilliant colors. “It may not be exactly what’s there ” Sara told me, “but it’s how I see it.” Sara’s paintings have a magical feeling to them. Though all very recognizable, they reach into a space where things are altered just enough to let us know we’ve entered a different reality. One not quite entirely of this earth.
And once again Carol Law Conklin will be back with her beautiful batiks. Carol converts her batiks into all kinds of functional art. So you can own one of her originals or you can have a print or her work on things like cuttingboards, trivets, note cards, mousepads and scarves. I just bought a pair of leggings from Carol’s Website Amity Farm Batik. Batik is an involved and time consuming creative process. At the last Open House Carol did a demonstration, showing all the different steps involved to make one batik. But she’s found a way of sharing her art, so that everyone can own and enjoy some of it.
And I’ll have some of my work at the Open House too. I’ve started making potholders using some of the fabric that I got in India. And hopefully I’ll have some of the potholders from House Of Hearts to sell too. I’m not sure what else I’ll be selling, I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see….
Bedlam Farm is located 5 minutes north of the Town of Cambridge at 2502 State Route 22 Cambridge NY 12816. You can email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
While you’re here, visit the town of Cambridge NY, just 5 minutes away there are some special things going on in town. You can visit Connie and Marilyn at Battenkill Books You can stop into the Round House Cafe for breakfast, lunch or coffee and baked goods. And don’t miss Heather at the bead shop, Over the Moon Beads, where she sell her wonderfully colorful socks and other magical things.
You can visit The Valley Artisan’s Market right on Main Street (In the Hubbard Hall Building).
And if you like Consignment shopping don’t forget to visit Nikki at NV Unique Boutique and Consignments, They are now across the street from the Cambridge Food Co-op. Also visit Jacks Out Back Antiques and the other Antique shops in the same building. You can also have breakfast or lunch at Country Girls Diner on Main Street and get good food and snacks at the Cambridge Co-op. It’s all within a few blocks, easy walking.
There’s plenty of places to stay nearby from B&B’s to hotels.
Here’s some of them.
51 South Park St
Off Route 22
Cambridge NY 12816
1847 Guest House
20 East Main B&B
Main St Cambridge
Bunker Hill Inn
412 Bunker Hill Road,
Salem, New York 12865
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Laughing Rabbit
60 Dickensen Road
Buskirk, New York 12028
(Dot and David will take good care of you)
Hopkins House Farm B&B
Hopkins House Farm
6603 State Route 22
Salem, NY 12865
(Say hi to Charlie and Aggie,
the Inn Keepers, for me)
72 Redgate Lane
Shushan, NY 12873
(518) 854 – 7350
Black Creek Farm House Inn
1084 Country Rte 30
Salem, NY 12865
Eddington House Inn
White Oak House
5 Eddy Road
Buskirk, NY 12028
All the camp grounds have rustic cabins and or yurts
to stay in as well as camping.