Can’t Miss Artists and Art Galleries: Part Two

The Town of Johnsburg and its surrounding communities are creative hotbeds, producing many notable artists across a variety of media. We’ve got the second installment of our two-part spotlight on Gore Region’s arts community, so get ready to be introduced to more incredibly talented local artists!

Jan Palmer

Working out of her barn studio in North River, Jan Palmer is a Gore Region artist specializing in watercolors and pastels. She describes her style as “representational, sometimes a bit impressionistic in the handling of each medium.”

Ms. Palmer worked as a children’s book illustrator for 35 years before retiring, at which point she refocused on fine arts and began entering juried art shows. A member of the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society and the Adirondack Pastel Society, Ms. Palmer currently teaches classes in both mediums.

She’s a recipient of Gold and Silver awards from the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors and placed first in the Northeast Pastel Show, both held annually at View in Old Forge, NY.

J & J Brown Garnet Studio

J & J Brown Garnet Studio​ is run by Joe and Judy Brown, whose studio and home are both located in North River, NY. They offer a full range of custom-designed jewelry made with locally-mined Garnet and set in 14K gold and silver.

While many of their pieces feature Adirondack Garnet, J & J Brown Garnet Studio also offers jewelry made with other gems, precious, and semi-precious stones from around the globe. Choose from these or from our full line of Adirondack jewelry for a perfect keepsake of your journey to the Adirondacks. J & J Brown Garnet Studio represents over 30 years of stone-cutting, gem setting, and design experience, making them well-equipped to create unique, high-quality pieces.

J. Scott Willoughby & Camp Garuda

J. Scott Willoughby creates handmade, functional art from natural materials including twigs, birch bark, slab, and burl. He lived part-time in Bakers Mills, NY, for over 30 years and is now a full-time resident. Mr. Willoughby was inspired by rustic art typical to the Adirondack region and the natural elements of the Adirondacks’ forest and mountains, so much so that he relocated to the area to nurture his art career and build his business.

Mr. Willoughby’s work has been shown at several galleries in the region. His art has been featured in Barry Gregson’s Adirondack Rustics Gallery in Schroon Lake, Garnet Hill Lodge in North River, The Grist Mill in Warrensburg, The Wagon Wheel in Chestertown, The Exchange in North Creek, and galleries in Corinth, NY, Frenchtown, NJ and New Hope, PA.

Mr. Willoughby’s work can also be found at his shop,​ Camp Garuda​. ​Founded in 2004, Camp Garuda is a widely diversified shop located on Main Street in North Creek. Camp Garuda sells an eclectic mix of items, including antiques, vintage books, rustic furnishings, artifacts from all over the world, and other one-of-a-kind finds. Mr. Willoughby describes his shop by explaining “Different and unusual is what we do best.” ​Custom Window frames, door trim, mirrors, picture frames, and furniture can be ordered directly from Mr. Willoughby or through any of the galleries where his work is shown.

Come See Local Artists’ Work Displayed Throughout Gore Region

Along with venues mentioned here and in our previous post, Gore Region visitors can find work by local artists in many Town of Johnsburg businesses. ​Izzy’s Market & Deli​ in North Creek, has local art hanging on its walls and locally made pottery displayed on its shelves. Also in North Creek, Poiema is a charming boutique on Main Street which sells locally crafted pieces as part of its eclectic inventory. Additionally, while it’s not located within the Town of Johnsburg, Abanakee Studios​ in the nearby town of Indian Lake hosts showings by Town of Johnsburg artists.

Clearly, the Town of Johnsburg is brimming with unique works by talented local artists, many of which can be viewed and purchased in a variety of settings across Gore Region. It’s time to come see these impressive pieces and the picturesque landscapes that inspire their creators for yourself!