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Light Works! January 24 in Brighton


From Rochester Artisan, jewelry maker, drummer and all around fun gal, Pam Perkins:

Light Works! 5th Annual Wellness & Psychic Faire
1/24/15 Saturday, 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Brighton Town Park
Carmen Clark Lodge
777 Westfall Road

Free admission!

We’ll have a variety of intuitives, Angel and Tarot Cards readers. We’ll also have Chair Massage, Chakra Balancing, and aura photographs. We’ll have vendors with lots of unique items such as jewelry with semi precious stones, crystals, selenite wands, wall art, and more.

Vegetarian food available.

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Light Works! Wellness & Psychic Faire

Guest Post by Pam Perkins

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Readings, Reiki, Runes and Reflexology

January 25, 2014
12:30pm to 6:30pm
Light Works! Wellness & Psychic Faire

Carmen Clark Lodge in Brighton Town Park
777 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY

Free Admission!

Join us for our annual Light Works! Wellness & Psychic Faire starting at 12:30 PM. The faire continues with our intuitives, tarot readers, rune readers and mediums along with chair and foot massage.

We also feature very cool vendors with wire wrapped jewelry, copper jewelry, crystals, henna body art, resins, incense, lotions, scrubs & more!

Also – Lightways Journey from Brockport and Healthy Alternative Store will be with us. Purchase time from the readers, reiki or massage in increments of $1 in 15 minute blocks. Our caterer is back – Hettie’s Delites of veggie and vegan sandwiches and soups.

No cover at the door and everyone is welcome. Support our local metaphysicians, treat yourself to shopping, get a reading, a massage, enjoy the food and camaraderie.

Red Cross Holiday Craft Show – Geneseo, NY

November 30
9:30 – 3:00
Red Cross Holiday Craft Show

Geneseo Armory
Rt 39
Geneseo NY

Details in Wood
Small Town Girl

North Winton Village Festival of the Arts


I very often include a mention of the Fun Factor when writing reviews of the shows I’m in, for our Rochester Artisans email list. I suspect this North Winton Village Festival of the Arts has a high fun factor because who doesn’t love supporting their hometown? You get the benefits of a big city, with the closeness of a small hometown.

I hope you get a chance to go to the Festival of the Arts. Visit with and support the artists, enjoy the flowers, grab a bite to eat – sounds like a high Fun Factor to me!

September 14
10:00 – 5:00
North Winton Village Festival of the Arts

Linear Park
E. Main Street and Mayfield Street
Rochester, NY

Knits and Treasures
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Small Town Girl

Kites, Tomatoes and Colors

The Clothesline Festival gets an enormous amount of publicity, as it should. It’s the largest, longest-running fine art and crafts festival in Rochester. To me it is the mac-daddy of all Rochester shows. As I never fail to point out to anyone who will listen, and even Clothesline Logo 2013those who won’t, I was accepted to the Clothesline a few years ago. But then I decided to no longer do outdoor shows so I withdrew from the show and got most of my money back, as I recall. I almost didn’t care if I got my money back, considering it fair payment for bragging rights. But I hereby declare that the statute of limitations has expired and I’ll not speak of it again.

There are 25 Rochester Artisans participating in The Clothesline. My boss at Fairport Pharmacy asked me the other day if I was going to the festival and I said, “No, I really can’t. I end up talking to way too many people and it shoots my whole day!” I think she thought that was a little weird – she considers it the best show around, how could I pass it up? I once went to a much smaller show that unfortunately had very little traffic (so artists were not occupied with customers) and I ended up spending 6 hours there. That shocked even me! It was fun, but wow – 6 hours??

So it’s past situations like that, plus all the time I spend at shows I’m in, I really have little interest in going to craft shows and festivals. It’s like a busman’s holiday for me. I’m sure that is surprising to some people. Another possibly surprising fun fact: I really tire of “recruiting” new members for Rochester Artisans. It’s probably the repetition I’m bored of. I used to go to shows and approach many artists in their booths and explain the benefits of Rochester Artisan free membership. Now, believe me, if the subject comes up in my daily life, I will talk your ear off with great enthusiasm. But overall, especially at shows, I prefer to have my minions spread the word. (I say minions, just to see if any of them actually read what I write here!)

Enough of me. Let’s talk about this weekend’s shows that are not The Clothesline Festival, shall we?

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September 7
10:00 – 4:00
Arts, Crafts, and Kites at Historic Fort Ontario

Oswego, NY

Designs by Julia Bies

Antique Brass Pendant

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September 7 & 8
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 11:00 – 5:00
19th Annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival

Norwich, NY

Pysanky by Mia2012 Best of Show Award, Central NY Maple Festival; Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts and 2012 Award of Distinction, 3-D Mixed Media, Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
Simple Song Studio



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September 7 & 8
11:00 – 6:00
CNY Tomato Festival

Emerson Park on Owasco Lake
Auburn, NY

Small Town Girl


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September 7 & 8
Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Clothesline Festival

500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Basic Elements Designs
Beachcomber Designs
BS Pottery1st Place in Pottery/Ceramics, 2013 Brockport Arts Festival
Carol Ann Bosek Artisan Jewelry Designs
Cat Clay
Duprey Art
Estancia Designs
Flying Whale Studios1st Place in Photography, 2012 Quaker Arts Festival; 1st Place in Photography at 2012 Christkindl Market; Best in Show, 2013 Art in the Park; 2nd Place in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Francesca DeCaire
GemX Jewelry Design
Generous Spirit Jewelry DesignBest in Show, 2013 Spencerport Canal Days
HandCandy Mittens2012 Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts; 3rd Place 2013 Keuka Arts Festival
Happy Happy
Hilltop Pottery
Lumaria Photography1st Place in Photography, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; Honorable Mention in Photography, 2013 Hammondsport Art Show
Mary Catherman1st Place in Glass, 2013 Springtime in Canandaigua; 1st Place in Glass at 2013 Allentown
Peaches Products
Rusty Button Studio
Sunshyne Silverwear
Sweet Pea Felts
Theorems and ThingsBest in Show, Cooperstown 2012
Tom Dwyer Photography
Wooly ThingsBest of Show, 2012 Oswego Harbor Festival; Best of Show, 2013 Arts in the Park, Inlet, NY

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Get to Know . . . Pam Perkins


What is your name and what is your business name?
My name is Pam Perkins and my company’s name is Small Town Girl. You can find me on Pinterest, my website and my Etsy shop

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I have been making jewelry for 4 years. What got me started was I bought a beautiful necklace that didn’t have matching earrings so I made a pair myself. They were a great match, and that gave me the initiative to create earrings. And now I have added stick pins and pins of my own design.


Explain a little bit about your process.
I love to use different colored wire that compliments the color of the stones. I find that many people like the wire “swirl” design on the earrings.

What’s the comment heard most often about your art?
My customers have commented how they love the use of color wire that gives the earrings the additional pizzazz.


What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?
I use the wire as one whole piece called “fish hook” and its simple design works for people with dexterity issues.

What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art? The Wigjig, so I can make the “swirl.”


How has your art changed over time?
I’ve added pins especially stick pins as another option. And I’m using larger stones to make pendants.


What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?
My favorite part is finding stones that look fantastic together and then finding the right color wire that makes the combination complete. Least favorite is ordering stones and finding their color is not what I expected.

What’s your dream project?
To work with copper, using copper to solder, bend and hammer.

Where is your art available for purchase?
I do art shows throughout the year, in addition to Pinterest, my website and my Etsy shop.

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Pam is too modest to mention her 15 minutes of fame. She has nimble fingers – it says so right here! There’s a nice photo op too. Congratulations, Pam!

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