Since we are on our way to having our 501(c)3 designation (Nonprofit) we will be making some changes to our website.
Soon you will see a change to our domain suffix as well as our email addresses. This is taking place because it's important to the public as well as to the artisans and artists who will be participating, to know for certain that we are a not for profit organization. As such we will be able to accept donations as well as qualify for grants.
The purpose of Artisan Trails in Washington County is to promote excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts for the purpose of enriching the lives of the people of Washington County by the enhancement of the social, cultural and economic qualities of the Washington County community. We will accomplish this by creating a link between that Artisans and Artists within Washington County and the community by providing workshops and county-wide events geared to all ages and through these events promote tourism in Washington County.
July 12 - 14, 2019 will be our next County-wide, self guided trail. we hope you will participate as an Artisan / Artist or as a member of the public out to discover the amazing countryside and the talented people who live here.
It's been many weeks since a blog has gone out about the progress made on the application for Artisan Trails in Washington County's Non-Profit status.
While it's been slow going we hope to have the process completed soon. Bylaws have been created and are in review.
Right now we are suggesting that membership be offered at three levels;
1- Exhibiting Member- Open to Washington County Artisan's and Artist's who would like to participate in the Self Guided Tour in July and any other exhibition options that becomes available though ATWC (Artisan Trails in Washington County). receive discounts on Workshops offered by ATWC and discounts from exhibiting members offering this benefit.
2- Associate member: Anyone interested in the Artisan wares or Artists work but not interested in becoming an Exhibiting member may become an Associate member by paying annual dues and receive discounts on Workshops offered by ATWC and discounts from exhibiting members offering this benefit.
3- Paton member: Anyone interested providing additional support to the organization to help promote the Artisans and Artists in Washington County. and receive discounts on Workshops offered by ATWC, discounts from exhibiting members offering this benefit as well as a presence on all promotional ATWC material.
If you have any questions about Artisan Trails in Washington County please use the contact page.
To everyone who sent in their entries for The Great Washington County Artisans Giveaway in the Manchester Newspapers Free Press- Thank you! The response to Giveaway was impressive.
The Giveaway prizes were contributed by some artisans and artists who participate in the Artisan Trails in Washington County. They were; Judy Ellers (Whipple City Studio), Hilary Cooper-Kenny (Crazy as a Loom Weaving Studio), Tess Bannon (Buffalo Bannon Designs), Kris Gregson Moss (Moss on the Hill), Kristina Martin (Whistle Wing Prints), David Bannon (Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery) and Robert Whiting and Susan Bayard Whiting (Whiting Studio).
Artisan Trails in Washington County NY is a self-guided, county wide event held the second weekend in July. During that weekend, registered artisans and artists invite the public to visit their shops, studios or galleries.
The purpose of this event is to educate the public about the skill and processes that go into the production of craft or artwork. The public may even be able to watch these craftspeople create. During the event visitors will be introduced and discover the hidden talents of the artisan citizens as well as delight in the outstanding vistas within Washington County. We believe that through education and personal contact with each artisan, visitors can become loyal customers and supporters of the diverse craft traditions currently practiced in Washington County NY.
We look forward to another July and to welcoming new participants and visitors to the Artisan Trails in Washington County. We hope to see you too!
It's never too late to start on a good thing. Planning is the most important part of having a business of your own and without planning it impossible to see any growth.
As the group Artisan Trails in Washington County moves forward with registering as a Not-For-Profit organization it takes a lot of planning and a bit of finesse make sure that all our ducks are not only in a row, but in the right row!
As you plan for the success of your business no matter what your craft is, it's important to make sure that you promote well. Since the goal of Artisan Trails in Washington County is to help promote the artisans and artists who live in Washington County by bringing the public to your Shop, Studio or Gallery. That said, why not get your "ducks" inline with a lot of other Washington County Artisans and Artists and focus on the July 2019 Event which has been created to bring the public to you and for you to shine!
If you are interested in participating in the 2019 event or would like more information about the event please email; firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to add you to the growing list of interested participants or to answer any question you have.
Focusing on the Future!
We've had a meeting recently to discuss what is needed to proceed with our designation as a Not-For-Profit organization and we're going for it!
The best way to serve the artisans and artists as well as to encourage the public to wander the back roads of Washington County is to get more information out there. It's not an easy thing to pull together and with help from some of the local businesses we think we will succeed this year in spreading the word more efficiently.
That said, as soon as we have the 501 (c)3 set up we'll be hitting the road to find some sponsors and to encourage more artisans/artists to participate.
Any artisan/artist who is interested in participating in the July 2019 Artisan Trails in Washington County should email email@example.com .
The list of people wanting to participate in this event is growing and as we the promotional end we will need to have an idea of the number will be for the list of site locations as well as locking in on what (if any) registration fee will be charged to each artist or artisan.
One major change this year is the ability to have HUBS in which participants can show their work if they don't have a studio/shop/store of their own to display their work.
When we first started to gather artisans and artists to participate in our first event we thought- well, we'll through the idea up there and see if it sticks! And it did stick. We received an abundance of wonderful comments for the most part centered around the need to get more people into Washington County because it has so much to offer.
We also learned that there is a lot more organizing that needs to be done and it will take more than the three or four months we had to get artisan's and artist's signed up to give it a try.
There is no time for sitting back and feeling relieved that it has happened and that most people seemed to have enjoyed their visits to the sites. There's a lot of work to be done. A lot of suggestions to be mulled over and some to put into place. Are we up to the challenge? You bet! We are all committed to helping not only our own creative venture succeed but to help ALL the Washington County's Artisans and Artists find a way to promote their special craft. These people are extremely talented and they hugely deserve that talent to be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible.
On Thursday, August 16tth we are holding an organizational meeting to review how this first event went. It will be held at Whiting Studio, 105 Holmes Road in North Argyle NY at 7:00pm. Any artisan or artist who would like to meet with us and provide their suggestions or feedback is welcome to attend or you can send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does one gauge success of an event? Is it the number of people who walk through your venue during an event? Is it the number of Sales you might be lucky enough to make? Or maybe it's the number of visitors who you hear say "WOW!" as they look over your wares.
It is all of these and more! It's the person who stands beside you and tells you they are SO Happy that they came through your door. It's the lady who extends her hand as she's getting ready to leave and states that she hopes we have the event next year because they have had a wonderful time meeting so many talented artisans and artists. It's the people from out of the area who tell you that they never realized how beautiful this county is and that, even though they did get a little lost traveling the back roads, they loved every minute of it.
That's how you gauge success and in saying that, I think we had a very successful first year of the Artisan Trails in Washington County. Of course- if you care to differ with me you are more than welcome to provide your feedback because, well, we are all just a little prejudice......
All of the participants in this first Artisan Trails in Washington County are getting prepared to welcome visitors to our sites.
The map is perfected with the expert help from Judith Ellers, A surprise pre-event newspaper interview has been finalized by Kris Gregson Moss and about to take place and the participating artisans and artists have been going forward with their promotion of their involvement in this inaugural event
We want to make sure that people download the maps to assure they find each site. Most people will rely on GPS to locate the artisan sites, however, the cell phone coverage in Washington County can be spotty. Downloading an image or printing a paper copy of the map is the safest way to insure visitors find their destinations.
Enjoy meeting these wonderful creators of Crafts, Products and Art, they are the heartbeat of Washington County.