Kris Gregson Moss spoke about her multi-colored, multi-patterned fabric wall-hanging dangling in front of her as if it were her child.
“He’s a bad boy,” she said with a smile, after being asked about it by a reporter whose eye was drawn to it. “He doesn’t play well with others. He needs a wall all his own.”
Gregson Moss was in her Granville mountaintop studio hoping others might soon see her work, too, as part of this weekend’s three-day Washington County Artisan Trail event.
She and trail co-founder Susan Bayard Whiting said they wanted an event to showcase artists — in their work settings — all across the scenic county.
Guided by printable maps, one for the northern section and one for the southern section, on the www.artisan-trails.com website, those interested in the trail can visit up to 13 different venues featuring everything from bee products and oil paintings to fabric art and funky metal sculptures.
There will also be stops to replenish the body with craft beer and hard cider.
“The whole idea is to show people there is lots of good stuff made in Washington County, and we wanted them to go to their studio places,” Gregson Moss said from her studio with a stunning view.
“And there isn’t really any place for people to display work anymore,” Bayard Whiting added. “When we had our barn full of art, we invited artists in, but everyone was schlepping work back and forth for a three-day event, and that’s hard. It’s easier to just say: ‘Open your studios up and we’ll have people go to you.’”
Both organizers said part of the lure of the event will also be the amazing Washington County countryside that is probably foreign to so many.
“This is the most gorgeous area in New York state. Come and view it,” said Bayard Whiting, who shares an Argyle studio with her husband, Bob.
Bob was quieter than the others Tuesday, but when prompted, he did show off one of his works, a Norman Rockwell-esque beach scene with a dad, with a beer gut, sitting in a beach chair as a focal point.
Bayard Whiting stressed that those making stops on the trail need to print out the maps or take pictures with their phones, because GPS may not work in some parts of the county.
And although the organizers surely want people to visit their own studios, they mentioned a handful of others that won’t disappoint visitors.
“Jenny Horstman does metal sculpture, and her work is absolutely amazing,” Bayard Whiting said of the Copeland Pond Road, Fort Ann, artist.
Along those same lines, emergency room doctor and metal artist Robert Desiderio is doing his first art showing in the basement of Battle Hill Brewing in Fort Ann.
They mentioned Crazy as a Loom in Hudson Falls and Bee & Bramble in Argyle as other stops sure to please
“It’s a nice mix,” Bayard Whiting said.