Welcome to Jemez Artisans Co-op Gallery, a collective of local artists in the Jemez Mountains, northern New Mexico. We hope you'll stop in and browse our unique collection of art and gifts while you're visiting the beautiful Jemez Mountains.
Visiting Artist Pam Cornell, Colorful Drawstring Bags
I had so much fun making drawstring project bags last year, I just had to do it again! Hopefully you will join me at the Jemez Artisans Co-op Gallery for my second Visiting Artist Show from October 20th – November 3rd. There will be a reception at the Gallery on Saturday, October 22nd from 2–4.
The new bags are made from fabrics I collected from many sources. Designs include Day of the Dead/Candy Skull, New Mexico pueblos (this fabric is vintage and unique), petroglyphs and brightly colored Indian art ponies, to name a few. All bags are fully lined. I have improved the pattern over the past year and the newest creations are a bit larger and have 4 generous pockets inside (pockets big enough for most cellphones, too!)
My bags have traveled far and wide this last year and customers have used them for about everything: gifts, to carry iPads/electronics, toiletries, kid’s car bags, plane carry-on etc. And of course, many knitters, crocheters and crafters buy them. They are sold in two area shops: The Yarn Store at Nob Hill in Albuquerque and Warm Hearts Yarn in Los Alamos. And I have sold some internationally from SkyHighStitches to crafters in Sweden and to a suburb of London. It seems people in Europe enjoy New Mexico and Southwest themed items, too!
Handmade, hand-sewn, home-made items have always been a part of my life. All things created of fiber, cloth, string or yarn wrap my thoughts, and move my hands. I have embroidered, cross-stitched, crocheted, knitted and spun. And sewn. And sewn and sewn.
Making these pretty bags evolved from my love of fiber and yarn crafts. Fabrics are no longer just functional but have become art in and of themselves. Combining fabric colors and designs and creating a product that other people can use every day just makes me happy. I decided to make zipper pouches too, because who can't use a little zipper pouch for a purse or travel?
Carrying my latest knitting project wherever I go is made even more fun when the bag I carry brightens my day just looking at it and I hope others feel the same. And, these bags are meant to be used. They are machine washable and dryable (no bleach please) and should provide many years of use.
The bags are created using high quality cotton fabric and sewn individually by me in my log home along the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway in the Land of Enchantment-New Mexico.
Each bag I make comes full of good wishes and mountain air. Enjoy!
Etsy Shop Address: Sky High Stitches
We are currently seeking Guest Artists for the upcoming year. Visiting Artist shows run for two weeks and provide a good opportunity for local artists to show and sell their work. If you are interested, please call or come by the gallery Fri–Mon, 575-829-3018.
History of the Jemez Artisans Co-op Gallery
Jemez Artisans Co-op Gallery is a collective of seven local Jemez Mountains artists. The gallery was the brainchild of Tom & Joann Vandenberg. Tom made wooden birdhouses as a hobby. He showed at several fairs in the valley and finally set up a stand next to the old post office. Tom visited with members of the Jemez Fine Arts Gallery across the street and he and Joann thought it would be a good idea to form a similar co-op with other artisans in the area.
Tom rented the post office building from Emmett Cart in the fall of 2009. He met others who liked the idea and helped work on the building plans and ideas. Renovations were made and the gallery opened on March 17, 2011. There were eight original members of the Jemez Artisans.
Today there are eight members, and the faces
have changed. The current members share the responsibilities of keeping the gallery running.
The items on display include fabric arts, digital paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, fine
woodwork, recycled media art, stained glass & fused glass, and local books.
The gallery is located at 17375 Highway 4 in the old post office in the village of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and is open daily 11-5 in the spring, summer, & fall,
and 11-4 Friday through Monday during the winter.