“This has been a really good experience,” Debb Rendo, a woodworking artist from Morris, said of having her items for sale at the shop. “The community has been really supportive. The Main Street organization includes us in everything they do, like this shop-late-Thursday event going on tonight.”
According to Rendo, artists come and go over the years. She has been a member for the past four years and has seen her wooden pieces fly off of the shelves as demand has risen.
Rendo has been creating wooden figures for 25 years. She makes primitive-style Santa, Uncle Sam, angles and witch figures as well as animals including roosters, hens and cats. Her newest pieces include birdhouses painted to resemble houses and churches, and a complete set of Noah’s Ark with his animals.
Thursday afternoon, a bevy of people were shopping downtown, and the Artisans’ Guild was busy.
“I come in fairly often, more so at Christmas I guess,” said Maureen Decker of Oneonta, who was purchasing pottery Thursday. “Everything in here is very unique. There are a lot of good gifts here. I like to support local artists and I like to support downtown merchants.”
The Artisans’ Guild was founded in 1999. It is a nonprofit cooperative shop that allows artists direct access to customers. It is run and staffed by the artists. According to its website, the purpose of the guild is to bring affordable, high-quality, hand-crafted items to the community while supporting the local economy.