BALLSTON SPA COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS
BALLSTON SPA COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AT A GLANCE
Foster and advance artistic and creative efforts in the Village’s public spaces in order to enrich and enhance the quality of life in our community.
"Our thoughts are to the individual as our art is to the community"
One of the main goals we have as a committee is to shine the spotlight on our local artists. We believe that our town is FULL of amazing talents that are hidden in plain sight. We love our artists with the store fronts and big businesses and catchy themes! But we also love our stay-at-home mom that paints beautiful oil paintings while her children sleep, or the retired grandfather that finds peace in carving wooden figurines for his grandchildren to play with, and even the recently graduated individual that has a studio apartment chocked full of drawings, paintings, embroideries or ceramics because their creative flow just won't stop! We want to shine the brightest light on all of our artists new, old and yet to be seen!
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I am a hand embroidery artist. I have been hand embroidering almost my
entire life as I learned as a child at my grandmother’s side. I love to use two
strands of embroidery thread and my hands to express myself in color and
texture. For me embroidery is a meditation process and done organically. I
start with a simple design and then let my needle take over making all my
pieces a one-of-a-kind piece. I hand draw and hand embroider each piece
one at a time.
I love to make what I call my tangled thread designs. They are simple
designs which I add to by organically choosing just the right color from (you
guessed it!) a tangled mass of beautiful colors. They are winding and
turning and colorful just as life is.
I am also known for my primitive work ornaments and my love of French
knots. French knots give my work texture, and my favorite thing is watching
people hold my heart ornaments and the way they touch them and enjoy
I have been featured in several group shows in the Capital Region. I
currently sell my work at Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, NY and my
Etsy shop. Debs Tangled Stitches (www.Etsy.com/shop/
debstangledstitches). I create hand embroidered framed art, pillows and
ornaments. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it.