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Greenville embraces art and local vendors in first winter market

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    Kaitlin Lembo/Columbia-Greene Media One of Cheyenne Mallo’s hikes was Devil’s Path, a well-known hiking trail at Devil’s Tombstone Campground in Hunter.
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    Kaitlin Lembo/Columbia-Greene Media A bag from Schnaggletooth, an Albany business that uses prints and textiles to make statements about the ecosystem.
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    Kaitlin Lembo/Columbia-Greene Media Part of Jennifer Marie Designs’ display at the Winter Maker’s Market in Greenville on Saturday.
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    Kaitlin Lembo/Columbia-Greene Media Firefly candles, made in Cairo, are carcinogen free and scents often have essential oils incorporated in them.
February 11, 2018 12:15 am

GREENVILLE — Some people document hikes on maps for personal recollection. Others document it on pottery and sell it to others.

Cheyenne Mallo, owner of Cheyenne Mallo Pottery in Rosendale, has decided to do the latter.

“I love to hike and be outdoors,” Mallo said. “I put a personal touch on these pieces and chart out the hikes I have taken on the pottery.”

Sure enough, each piece is decorated with topographical lines, synonymous with the lines one would see on a map of various points in the area. Little red, handpainted dots gently dance over the lines, a memory of each hike Mallo took.

The pottery, deemed “functional pottery” by Mallo, is the cornerstone of her business.

“These plates, mugs and other creations are items you use every single day,” Mallo said Saturday. “For me, it’s about making a distinction between a sculptural piece that you put in a china closet and one that you actually use and make function of in your home every single day.”

Mallo added the pieces are not necessarily made sturdier than comtemporary china pieces that sit in a closet and never come out.

“These should be used,” she said.

Mallo joined seven other vendors at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn on State Route 32 on Saturday to kick off the inn’s first-ever winter maker’s market.

“This is a locally owned, family inn,” said Adina Pease, marketing and creative director. “We have the space and we decided to make use of it this year.”

Pease is also the organizer of the market.

She is the daughter of inn owner Kim LaPolla. LaPolla’s husband, Mark LaPolla, is Pease’s stepfather and owns the business with his wife.

“We love art and color here,” Pease said. “Everyone contributes something to the table.”

Pease sold her prints and watercolors in the main building, away from the eight vendors. Her colorful prints drew several people to her booth as she moved around taking care of everyone.

“My job today is to run around and make sure everything goes as planned,” she said.

The inn decided to create a winter market because it is their down season, Pease said.

“There’s normally not much to do in winter,” she said. “Everyone here is local and has wonderful work. We wanted to showcase the local talent.”

As of Friday afternoon, 700 people had shown interest in attending the weekend-long event, Pease said.

“It’s kind of daunting because we don’t have much space,” she said. “But we are so excited. If it goes well, we want to keep doing this.”

Pease added this is the first time the inn has been this open to the public.

In the parking lot, cars floated in and out as people crossed the narrow, wooden bridge into the carriage house. Vendors, like Mallo, showcased their goods to the public.

Jennifer Lawlor, a jewelry creator from Freehold, creates her handmade pieces inside her home.

“These are all real silver,” Lawlor said. “Some of these smaller chains are shipped in bulk, but the bigger, more intricate ones I made.”

Lawlor added that she attached all charms to the chains. Her business, Jennifer Marie Designs, also sells copper jewelry that has a hue of rose gold.

“I also have some sea glass here that I retrieved from the Hudson [River],” Lawlor said. “I have to work with it a bit, but there is an area of the river where there’s a lot of glass.”

While some vendors were about memories or repurposing old gems, others were about creating a healthy environment with their goods. Jennifer Bowie, owner of Firefly, is a candle maker who prides herself on selling nontoxic soy candles. She is based in Cairo.

“Soy candles are great because they lack paraffins,” Bowie said. “Paraffins burn dangerous carcinogens into the air. When you buy a candle in the store, you often see the glass jar getting black or the area around it getting black.”

“My candles burn clear, both on the glass and to the area around them,” Bowie continued. “Everything is made in America and 100 percent nontoxic. The scents are made from essential oils or are made from phthalate-free ingredients.”

Bowie added she melts the wax and pours it herself. The wicks are zinc free and the entire candle is lead free, she said.

“My next product is a coconut wax candle,” she said. “I love coconut everything.”

Another ecologically-aware vendor at the market was Schnaggletooth, a company based in Albany.

“Our products used prints and textiles to mirror and show different ecosystems,” owner K.T. Biernan said. “We use different animals and plants to symbolize the various places we are talking about.”

Biernan showed a bag with fish on it. She added the bag was in reference to the Bering Sea, a body of water west of Alaska.

Schnaggletooth’s products also help save the planet, she said. The fabrics are digitally printed and produce less waste that will be put back into the environment.

“The fashion and textile industry has a lot of waste,” Biernan said. “This is how I try to give back and put a stop to it.”

The vendors will continue their sales on Sunday and will be open for business at the inn Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This was an easy option,” Pease said. “All of these vendors are colorful. It’s something fun.”

To reach reporter Kaitlin Lembo, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2513, email klembo@registerstar.com, or tweet to @kaitlinlembo.