Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shaker Boxes by Fred Weisskopf

Our June First Friday Event will feature the work of Fred Weisskopf, woodworker.  Fred will be presenting his new collection of handcrafted shaker boxes and the process for creating them.  Many of our artists will be present and we will have live harp music and snacks as well.  Please join us June 1 from 6 to 9pm. It promises to be a lovely evening in the town of Skaneateles and many other First Friday events will be going on in addition to ours!

Below is one of Fred's handcrafted cutting boards, available in the gallery! 

Monday, May 14, 2012


This may not be the most creative blog entry that could come from Gallery 54, I admit. It’s not about the beautiful art we have. It’s not about the creative process….. or the colors of nature working its way into the visual experience. Nor is it about the joy of starting a new project.
This is about a POS (point of sale) system. Gallery 54 is proud to announce we are stepping into the 21st century; We are streamlining our process of inventory control and accounting… but more importantly, instituting a better way to accommodate our customers at the checkout with a new state of the art computer system.
Our owners have been counting the inventory of wooden cars, glass flowers, dyed scarves and paintings to prepare for going live with the new system. Even though we are all on board with this transition there are still days of wondering if the anxiety of learning this new way of inventory management and ringing up sales is worth it. Is it less work in the long run? Are we ever going to get the hang of it?
We are now using the new system…….. working out the bugs……..calling our tech member on a regular basis (Thank you) and saying out loud “we will persevere, and we will become masters of this machine!”

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Jennifer Wells Studio

Gallery 54 is proud to carry the fine beadwork of Jennifer Wells.  Jennifer is a graduate of the School for American Crafts at RIT in Rochester, NY.  Each of Jennifer's jewelry pieces is hand-sewn using an embroidery technique known as 'Applique' and finished with fabric, which adds a unique sculptural dimension.  She incorporates beads, gemstones, cabochons, and precious metals.  Jennifer will be featured in "Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry" by Ray Hemachandra and published by Lark Publishing, to be released in August.