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December 5, 2013

Artists Off Main partnering with Smithy

Artists Off Main is now a little closer to Main Street. 

The store will now be known as Artists Off Main at the Smithy. The local art and vintage shop, formerly located in the Cooperstown Commons, has set up a holiday market in the blacksmith shop at the Smithy Center for the Arts, on 55 Pioneer St. in downtown Cooperstown.

“It really feels like that’s where we need to be,” said Karen Katz, the store owner and wife of mayor Jeff Katz. “Instead of just being a free standing operation it’s really a part of what’s going on at the Smithy.”

The holiday market opened its doors on Nov. 29 and will run until Dec. 22. It is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Artists Off Main at the Smithy’s holiday market is selling goods and pieces made by Otsego County artists, as well as vintage clothing and items that are sourced from Otsego County and the surrounding area. Some of the items available are hand woven rugs from Elma Devinney, carved wood fish from Patrick Franck, and landscapes from Susan Jones Kenyon, whose work is being exhibited at the Fenimore Art Museum. The market also sells jewelry from Karen Katz Studio, Katz’s own line of refashioned vintage jewelry. 

Prices at the market are set by the artists, and Artists off Main at The Smithy takes a commission out of whatever is sold. Katz estimated that the holiday market features the work of a dozen local artists.

“I think that what makes us stand apart is the variety,” said Katz. “There’s a sense of fun and of not taking ourselves too seriously.”

Artists Off Main opened in its first space in the Cooperstown Commons in November of 2012. The shop operated out of this area until October of this year, when it began the transition into becoming Artists Off Main at the Smithy.

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