Thursday, September 22, 2022

Meet Gat and Ranaan

Gat and Ranaan Gabriel 

Gat and Ranaan are part of a new crew of vendors at the flea market this year.  As they tell their story,

“This has been our first season and we are very happy to be here. We arrived in Woodstock three years ago, just about half a year before COVID hit, and since then we’ve been waiting for the opportunity to meet the wonderful community and local residences. Woodstock has been the perfect location between the market’s vibe and all of the people who pass through. We’re grateful to be able to show our community what we do. “

As part of my interview, I ask for a little background as to how our vendors began the journey to where they are today – selling their creations  at the flea market.

“Starting as graphic designers, we both walked our own artistic paths, until we settled in Woodstock and started our collaboration: Word Paintings. We paint words. Visualizing the meaning of ‘words’ is the center of our work, revealing the accents and meaning through shapes, forms, colors, and composition.

We begin our Word Paintings with a single word (though every now and then we use a short phrase). It can be any word yet we find ourselves more drawn to those that which people often forget how powerful they really are. We’re interested in the way we experience them; that is where you feel meaning, a presence, a physical feeling and power that a word can give. With this ‘code’ we start our visual adventure. Think about ‘SOUL’, ‘WE’, ‘BREATHE’, or ‘MOM&DAD’. Think of the emotions that come with reading these words and you can start imagining the vast fields of creativity that are waiting to be explored. Our medium consists of a mix between digital artwork as well as oil and acrylic painting and pencil. The outcome is a sort of conclusion, the sum of both the spiritual & physical means, in other words, a PAiNTiNG.”

Lastly,  I always ask What do you like about being at the flea market?

“Besides meeting all the people who gather at the flea, we love and are grateful for all the feedback and support we received. It’s honestly priceless. We present a selection of our works and introduce new words every week, and in turn receive responses which are truly spectacular. These just continue to encourage us to create more works. Thank you! And please visit us in person or also online! :)”

Gat and Raanan @gat_raanan rg-wordsmith.com

Friday, September 02, 2022

Dorothy and Jill Surrounded by Their Fantastic Collection of This and That


 

Dorothy and Jill have been working Mower’s Saturday Sunday for almost forty years. They have an expert eye for buying a wide variety of items to re-sell.  Their booth has a different look every week.  Vintage jewelry, sterling, clothing from different era’s, including boots, coats and sweaters in season. Also, books and magazines that include an eclectic assortment of topics.  Both women agree that they love the social aspect of visiting each weekend with their customers and fellow flea market vendors as well.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

We are open Monday September 5th, 2022

 Labor Day weekend is upon us.  We don’t know about you, but our summer seems to have flown by.  We continue to celebrate the 45th year of the iconic Mower’s Saturday Sunday flea market in Woodstock, N.Y.   We are open Sept 3, Sept 4, and Monday Sept. 5th in case you are lingering in town before the vacation is over and the back-to-school schedules begin.  As always, up to date information can be found at 845-679-6744 and at #mowerssaturdayfleamarket on Instagram and FB.  Thanks for being a fan!  See you at the market, at the corner of Deanies Alley and Maple Lane in Woodstock, N.Y




Thursday, August 25, 2022


Franne first started setting up at the flea market almost 25 years ago. Her booth was filled with her featured items, vintage housewares and a wonderful collection of the most beautiful tea pots. We had a good laugh when Franne  recalled that I purchased a set of beautiful cobalt blue candle sticks to give to our daughter as a bridal shower gift.  In those early years, she would drive up from Rockland county most Saturdays.  Eventually her set up grew to include books, housewares and a large VHS collection.  As the years went by, Franne lived closer to Woodstock, her items for sale changed from VHS to DVD collections and vintage clothing.   As we have emerged from pandemic selling, Franne has changed her booth once again to fine vintage clothing, a curated book selection  and a specialty item, vintage kimonos.  She is able to alter and repair any damaged kimonos that she may purchase.  Franne has an amazing eye for color and her booth has a beautiful red, purple, blue and yellow vibe to it.  You can find her most Saturdays down the Maple lane side of the flea, on the  inside corner. 



 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Ceramicist Olga at Mower's Saturday Sunday Flea market



 


When Olga was accepted at the Cleveland Art Institute for study, her intended medium to work in was  glass blowing. When her family relocated to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. she resumed her studies at SUNY New Paltz and found that clay gave her the challenge and satisfaction she was seeking in her creative life. As it turned out, the clay gives Olga an opportunity to work three dimensionally. The pieces she creates can either blend into the new owner’s life both with form and function or the piece can become a center or focal point for the space it inhabits.

Olga first started selling her ceramic ware at Mower’s flea market in Woodstock, N.Y. in 2015. She is set up most Saturday and Sundays throughout the season. Olga notes that she especially likes interacting with her customers at the flea market.  For inspiration Olga draws on her knowledge about mythology and ritual art of ancient times.  Part of her philosophical process in art is the concept of not following the laws and rules of nature. Her created objects are a result of her ability to work beyond assumed boundaries of thought.  Stop by at the flea to see and touch her one-of-a-kind functional ceramic food ware and her ceramic figures  in person.


Thursday, August 04, 2022

Sarah and Wilder Leather- Celebrating her second season on Maple Lane

 

Sarah was kind enough to write out her amazing answers to our questions 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SETTING UP:

i'm delighted to be in my second season selling handmade leather goods at Mower's Flea Market in Woodstock. last year i was WILDSTOCK LEATHER, and this year, midseason, i've decided to rebrand my leather endeavor as WILDER LEATHER. while WILDSTOCK was a great mashup of where I live/work with what I'm about, WILDER, my last name, feels spot-on essential given what i'm doing with the medium – though i'll always feel like a WILDSTOCK'er at heart.

 A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU MAKE:

as WILDER LEATHER, i handcraft leather goods with gusto in my little studio-shed in Woodstock (NY.) my leather practice is part cacophonic vortex, part diagonal dot connectings, part nitty gritty. i began with bracelets, my first leather love, and have since branched out, in order of manifestation, to pouches, wallets, bags, beltbags, belt/bag hybrids, belts, skillet handle covers (an unexpected way to utilize scraps!), and most recently lightweight earrings ¬– all with vegetable tanned leather. ultimately, i'd like to get into harnesses with pocket/pouches, and more varieties of jewelry. all styles i create get named after the first person to buy the thing, though a few are named after what they seem to invoke. to date i've got: the brooke, the johanna, the jan, the duane, the autumn, the lindsey, the amy, the sarah, the leo, the leaf, the mayfly, the ustya and countless unnamable (but not ungraspable) one-offs. i invite folks to stop by my booth during the season, or visit me on instagram.com/wilder.leather, to learn more.

 WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING:

i love and appreciate that i get to work in a medium that continually challenges and excites, and one in which i constantly/compulsively experiment with shapes, colors, lines, textures, hardware, forms, finishes, and functionality, all through the conduit of leather. i require stimulation and a sense of purpose/urgency to move through space and time. miraculously, what i'm doing with WILDER LEATHER does this for me; my work expresses a side, or many sides, perhaps, that i'm happy to share. i dig that WILDER LEATHER is one of my most valued, sanguine creative launch pads, melding my imaginative, instinctual, intuitive, and practical intelligences in novel ways. as Anne Carson says, and i'm fond of repeating: "make a small mark, nothing sublime." this sentiment fuels my passion to 'make.' as each amalgamation of 'small marks' takes shape to form a functional object, from hulking sides of cowhide, no less, i feel a sense of grateful satisfaction in being able to craft beautiful, practical, lasting objects.

 i must add that i sincerely appreciate being able to do what i do, and to offer what i can, through the vibrant, neighborly marketplace of Mower's Flea Market. not only is the Flea a brilliant/perfect/wonderful platform for my work, but it's a field (literally) ripe with cross-pollination. i buy beautiful beads, leather, and hardware from other vendors; i get fresh ideas from other vendors and passersby, directly and indirectly; and i really listen when someone asks "can you make (X), but with (Y)?" and then, if it's a custom or i just decide to go with it, i'm likely off in a new direction(s), or, at the very least, i get to create with a fresh slant. as much as anything, it is this rich engagement that propels WILDER LEATHER endlessly forward, endlessly rocking.

instagram.com/wilder.leather

wilderleather18@gmail.com

Remembering Annie Bianco Mower On Her Birthday

 

One of the many lessons taught to us by Annie Bianco Mower was the importance of birthday celebrations.   We imagine that she is celebrating her 105th birthday today in a heavenly way with Aunt Jen, Aunt Angie, Aunt Marie and the dozens of close friends Annie made over her many years of earthly life.  Born in 1917 in Kingston, NY, Annie was raised in the family home on Greenkill Avenue by her Sicilian born maternal grandparents Biaggio and Barbara Commarata.  

Like many of the girls her age, after graduating from Kingston High School, Annie went to work at Hercules Powder Plant in Port Ewen, N.Y.  

“Anna Bianco, a real Kingston city girl, met a handsome Woodstocker, Al Mower, at the Spring Lake roller rink located just west of the city of Kingston on Lucas Avenue. In keeping with the social practice of the times, Al Mower converted from Dutch Reformed to Catholicism. The couple was then married on May 18, 1943 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kingston. A lovely wedding breakfast followed the service at the Rathskeller Restaurant on Fair Street.”  American Tapestry the Mowers of Maple Lane pg 88


Maple Lane What a Great Place  to Raise a Family

                “Raising her family in her mother- in – laws house must have been awkward for Anne at first.  Eventually, Esther and Anne began to share the household chores. There was a big, deep white enamel sink in the kitchen, which made it easy to hook up the copper topped automatic wringer washing machine. They would drag the washing machine from the hallway where it was stored and push it into the kitchen. The only drawback, it had to be emptied by hand with a pail. It seems as though every clear day was wash day on Maple Lane. As the weather allowed, the clothes were then taken outside to hang on the line. The girls, when they were young, would tease their mom by clipping clothes pins to her skirt while she was hanging clothes on chilly winter days. They would later have to help collect the board stiff clothes, usually diapers, and bring them into the house to be placed over furniture to thaw out.”

American Tapestry the Mowers of Maple Lane, pg 92


American Tapestry the Mowers of Maple Lane available from the author at Mowers Saturday Sunday Fleamarket or email woodstockfleamarket@hvc.rr.com 



Meet Gat and Ranaan

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