OSWEGO – Oswego’s source for fine art and handmade gifts will change its name to Riverside Artisans at the beginning of 2017.
The Lakeside Artisans shop at 191 W. First St. in the Canal Commons will close briefly at the beginning of January for the transition.
A grand reopening event is planned for spring 2017.
Retirement of two of the founding members of Lakeside Artisans lead to the change in the identification of the shop, which has been a mainstay of the renaissance of downtown Oswego.
According to Riverside Artisans President, Diane Chepko-Sade, “Michele Southgate and Tim Ames did a wonderful job of bringing high-quality, professional art to downtown Oswego. Their foresight and leadership made this shop possible. We look forward to continuing the good work they have begun.”
Chepko-Sade noted that Riverside Artisans plans new and exciting changes.
“We’ll continue our very popular Paint Parties on Monday nights, and we are going to add new artists, hold new events and offer unique opportunities to find the finest in local art,” she said.
Riverside Artisans will offer original art and handmade crafts from local artists, as well as an opportunity to meet the artists who have made them.
As an art cooperative, the members own and staff the shop themselves.
This allows the artisans to greet their customers face-to-face and keep their products more affordable than if they were in a private gallery.
Lakeside Artisans won the first ”Next Great Idea” contest in 2010 and quickly established itself as a source of original art and handmade crafts in the region.
In its current location, its storefront has become a familiar site in the popular Canal Commons.