The next Bedlam Farm Open House is Columbus Weekend. Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th from 11am-4pm.
This October at the Bedlam Farm Open House you can meet our four new Romney Sheep, Rosemary, Izzy, Griselle, and Biddy. Jon and Red, with a little help from Fate will be giving herding demo’s throughout the weekend.
Our Shearer Jim McRae will also be there, shearing all the sheep. Suzy Fatzinger will be there on Saturday spinning her wool. And Carol Conklin will do a batik demonstration on Sunday.
And of course you can meet our donkeys Fanny and Lulu and our Pony Chloe. They love to be brushed and love carrots. I’m sure Flo will be around sitting in anyone’s lap she’s invited into and the hens usually can be seen pecking their way through the yarn. If anyone sees our barn cat Minnie it will be a miracle. She usually spend the day hiding under my studio.
We’ll also have poetry readings by Mary Kellogg and Jackie Thorne. And probably a couple of other poets too. I’ll let you know when know for sure.
My School House Gallery will be full of wonderful art. We have some of our regular Bedlam Farm Artist and some new ones too. Here’s some of what you’ll be able to see and buy there….
Rachel Barlow will be showing and selling prints and original watercolors. She also has a new line of her Cartoon Magnets. And Rachel is always coming up with something new, so I don’t doubt there’ll be something of the unexpected from her.
Paula Bogden is a collage artist and photographer. I first saw her collages in the form of journals that she made for herself. I was so drawn to them, I asked if it was possible for her to make some collages, just like a page from her journal and frame them instead of keeping them in a book.
Paula didn’t hesitate to the challenge. The photo above is just the beginning of her collage work, the background paper. I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
Carol Law Conklin will be back with all her wonderous Batiks and the items she prints them on. I’ll have some of her originals, and lots of her scarves, trivets, notecards, mousepads, cutting boards and what ever else she has to show and sell.
Suzy Fatzinger hand spins and knits her own wool. I’ll have some more of her handmade shawls and fingerless gloves in my gallery this year. She’s been working with the colors of my Three Sister’s Garden. Yellow for corn, green for beans and orange for pumpkins. I know she has some other colors that she’s working with too. Suzy’s been spinning and knitting all year. She took this photo of her making a pair of glove on her vacation on Cape Cod this summer.
Farmer and artist Ed Gulley of Bejosh Farm will have some more of his Found Object Art on the grounds of Bedlam Farm this October. Made from bricks and wood and rusted metal, Ed sees a turtle in a shovel head, welds some horseshoes on it for legs and bolts for eyes and we get to see the turtle too. This Fall Ed’s making windchimes from bicycle wheels and what ever else he finds around the farm.
Gloria Houlne is works mostly in abstracts, except as she says, when she doesn’t. She is constantly experimenting with different techniques and mediums and see where how she can connect to them. She’s interested the vibrations and spiritual aspects of color. And often her work becomes a meditation or “just a joyful expression”, which translates to the viewer. In the pieces pictured above, Gloria’s painting with oils on glass blocks. Small colorful sculptures that play with light and color and dimension. I’ll also have some of Gloria’s works on paper.
You can see more of Gloria’s work here .
Sara Kelly is the person to go to in Cambridge when you need any kind of graphic work done. But, her paintings speak of her soul. The mystical colorful world of nature and animals. Her painting start with something she witnesses in the world around her. Then another part of her takes over, creating images that are reality with a twist. You can see her love of animals and nature in each of her colorful paintings. I’ll have some of Sara’s original paintings for sale, as well as her prints and a calendar of her work.
Most of you probably know all about Jane McMillen and her handmade felted pincushions. They come in all shapes and colors and from the first time I saw them I thought of them as soft sculptures that function as pincushions. Which is just what they are. But for anyone who sews they are the perfect kind of functional art. I have four and I use them all the time. They’re stuffed with crushed walnut shells which will keep you needles sharp!
And I’ll have some of my art there too. I’ll have plenty of my colorful patchwork potholders and my stitched potholders. And my Bedlam Farm Tote Bags. And whatever else I come up with between now and then.
There’s sure to be more changes and events between now and then, so come back again, for more updates about the Bedlam Farm Open House.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 where they’re having a 20% off sale on everything in the shop. They’ll also have free refreshments on the sidewalk. 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 check out all the antique shops too.
And The Valley Artisan’s Market will be having art demonstrations on Saturday and workshops on Sunday. They include a birch bark flower workshop, and collage workshop. There’ll also be painting, fabric and bird carving demos. The Artisian’s Market sells art made by local artists. And you can see Carol Conklin’s work there as well as in my School House Studio. The Artisan’s Market is right on Main Street (In the Hubbard Hall Building) and will be open 10-5 pm on Saturday and 10-3pm on Sunday. For more info click here.
Hubbard Hall has a special deal for people coming to the Bedlam Farm Open House. You can get your tickets for $20 by using the code “Katz” when you order your tickets. And if there’s a group of ten or more people going, tickets are just $10 each. There are also shows on Sunday at 2pm. You can order tickets here or by calling 518 677-2495 ext 320.
And if you like Consignment shopping don’t forget to visit Nikki and Vicky at NV Unique Boutique and Consignments, just down the street from Jacks Out Back Antiques. 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 more places to stay nearby:
1847 Guest House
20 East Main B&B
Main St Cambridge
Bunker Hill Inn
412 Bunker Hill Road,
Salem, New York 12865
E Mail: email@example.com
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.