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Rugged artisans brave wintry blasts

SALISBURY — A determined group of vendors showed their wares in the lawn in front of The White Hart in Salisbury on Saturday, May 7.

It took some gumption on the part of the Salisbury Artisans Group, as it was a decidedly unspring-like day, with the temperature struggling to make it north of 50 degrees and a brisk wind that threatened to send the tents aloft.

A gust of wind knocked over the little signs that Emily Trower-Young had set up at her booth. She sighed (to the extent one can sigh through chattering teeth) and put them back up.

Trower-Young is a regular at the sales, with her line of organic skin care products (Em and El Organics).

She was asked how her New York City-based business fared during the  COVID-19 pandemic.

Trower-Young was one of the minority of people at the sale wearing a mask. Through it she said that in the first year of the pandemic, hers was “one of the businesses that fell through the cracks” when it came to accessing federal grants. The same thing happened with the second round.

She did get some help the third time through the process.

Anne Cameron, a relatively recent Texas transplant, runs Tisse Designs in Sharon. Her line of goods features some pretty snazzy handwoven items, leading a sartorially inclined reporter to wonder privately if a dish towel could reasonably be repurposed as a pocket square.

Cameron said it was her second time out with the artisans group.

Next door was the cheerful Colleen Peck, who seemed oblivious to the icy blasts. Her business, Moonfaerie Designs, is based in Willington, and has a line of aprons made out of old feed sacks and adorned with photos printed on fabric and sewn on the aprons.

Asked where she finds the sacks, she said knows someone who knows someone else in the Midwest who has access to a big supply, but the supply is starting to dwindle. All very mysterious.

Like ice hockey or string quartets, the aprons really have to be seen in person to get the gist of the thing.

Salisbury photographer Sarah Blodgett had some unusual prints that at first glance appeared to be paintings. At second glance, too. A reporter felt pretty silly after making the same mistake twice.

Blodgett also specializes in wildlife photography, and runs classes for camera-minded birders.

Shaari Horowitz and Alistair Jones (based in Sharon) offered wooden items  with intricate, painted designs. Jones is the woodworker, Horowitz handles the painting.

Featured was an Indian club, refinished and decorated, which reminded a reporter that he once threw out a perfectly good set of similar clubs.

The Salisbury Artisans Group website is www.artisansale.org. The next sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, by which time it might warm up.

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