SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A new artisans marketplace and art school has opened its doors in the village.
Adk Creative Works, run by Susan Wright, moved into the two-story house at 1646 Route 9 in May and held its open house at the end of June. About 50 vendors have their craftsmanship on display and for sale, ranging from a nearly room-filling cedar-strip canoe with mahogany trim to intricate sea glass jewelry.
Classes are offered, too, from painting to sewing to card-making.
“It’s amazing,” Wright said, about seeing her new business flourish. “I think that it’s something that people want to do. They enjoy creating and crafting, and we’re just offering different options from what other places may have.”
While there’s a studio in back and other spots in the building to make art, Wright said classes can be taken on the road, too.
“Have art, will travel,” said Mary Beth Schwartz, laughing.
Schwartz is one of the art instructors for family and children’s classes at Adk Creative Works, and she was experimenting Tuesday with making a gazing ball out of an old bowling ball, tin foil and paints.
Wright said her focus is to bring families and the community together by getting people out of the house and using their creativity. Schwartz added that often people will find projects they want to make on Pinterest and other craft-oriented sites, and she will structure a class around that project.
Wright is also providing music classes out of the space, with lessons offered in strings, piano, trumpet and clarinet. In its infant stages, too, is an initiative Wright hopes will one day become a nonprofit organization. She’s collecting used musical instruments to give to area schools for children who cannot afford to rent them.
So far, Wright has given a trumpet to a local school, and she’s hoping other people will drop off their unwanted instruments to continue the mission.
Walking through the building’s first floor, visitors can see all kinds of items for sale, but one can’t be missed, and that’s Dick Lewis’s boat.
Lewis, who works at Fastenal, an industrial supply company, does woodworking on the side and has since his seventh grade shop class. In the center of the shop sits his cedar canoe, which took him between 80 and 100 hours to build. It has been taken on a test run on the upper Hudson River, he said.
“It’s amazing, though, isn’t it?” Wright said. “How many stores can say they have a boat in the middle of it?”
While many of the artists are local, Wright said some are from farther away, including Cohoes and Stillwater.
As the business gets established, it is partnering with various local organizations. It’s working with the town of Queensbury’s Recreation Department, to provide art classes, and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The shop is also displaying local authors’ books and holding a book signing and author meet-and-greet in October.