Five Gardiner Craftswomen At Unison Holiday Show
By Annie O'Neill
From Issue 12: Fall 2011
The Unison Craft Fair at the New Paltz Middle School on December 3rd and 4th will include Leonie Lacouette, Laura Watson, Alexa Ginsburg, Annie O’Neill and Amy LeFevre—five very talented Gardiner woman.
Lacouette, a unique clockmaker, has been creating time sculptures in Gardiner for over twenty-five years. Leonie has a BFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz, but after her early ceramic clocks she has focused on mixed metals and wood, and is known for her exotic finishing techniques in creating finely designed contemporary wall pieces.
Laura Watson of Full Moon Farm has forty five Merino/Corriedale-cross sheep. Not surprisingly, she spins yarn and is a felter and rug-hooker who uses fiber from her sheep to create wearable and functional art―from hats and scarves to wall pieces and rugs. Laura has taken many workshops and creatively adapted what she has learned to her own unique style.
Alexa Ginsburg is new to the Hamlet of Gardiner. She makes stunning felted garments, wearables and accessories. She has been felting for over ten years and is a member of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild. Her work has been exhibited in many group shows and she teaches workshops. Alexa studied art at Cooper Union in New York City and was a graphic designer for many years.
Annie O’Neill is a multi-discipline artist now working in ceramics. She makes functional platters, bowls and plates decorated with whimsical animals and motifs that draw on her longtime passion for Mexican folk art. Annie studied art at the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan and at Sarah Lawrence College.
Amy LeFevre creates artfully and whimsically designed illustrations for greeting cards, gift enclosures and small prints. Amy has a BFA in photography from Alfred University. For many years she created ceramic animals and plates, but has transferred her skills to paper.
The Unison Holiday show is not to be missed. These five women raise the standard of local talent. Get to know them!