Bolton Bulletin

New owners at local art gallery

A grand opening and artisans reception are scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at the new Bolton Gallery & Arts Center.

Owners Bob and Carol Kafin have opened up in the old Lakeshore Gallery space at 4985 Lakeshore Drive. The new enterprise is a retail shop that sells handcrafted items and features works by regional artisans. On display are jewelry, blown and fused glass, pottery and other ceramics, woodcarvings and accessories and wearable art.

Bob Kafin is one of the original founders of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, and Carol was an owner of the former Crazy Quilt shop in Glens Falls. The Kafins have owned a condominium at The Sagamore since 1987.

"We are very excited in being able to bring a new business to Bolton," Carol said. "We look forward to serving local residents and summer visitors by providing them with high quality, very nicely made items from artisans who work in their own workshops and studios. We also will be scheduling demonstrations and exhibitions where our customers can meet our artisans in person and see how they ply their crafts."

For more information visit www.boltongallery.com.

Group seeks local sustainability

A local volunteer group named Transition Bolton Landing held their first public event May 6 at Bolton Landing's Conservation Club. Twenty-five concerned citizens shared a pot luck dinner and watched "The Power of Community," a documentary detailing Cuba's transition to a lower energy lifestyle following the break-up of their energy supplier, the USSR, in 1990. The film focused on agricultural, transportation-related, and social changes that were made to slash Cuba's dependence on fossil fuels.

An enthusiastic discussion followed the screening, with ideas shared that were applicable to the circumstances in northern Warren County. Some of the topics explored were establishing community gardens, a project now well underway and spearheaded by Jane Caldwell, and a farmers market - being researched and planned by Eva Bird and Cobber Pratt.

Proposed were such initiatives as online community bulletin boards detailing ride-sharing, produce-swaps, and labor exchanges; as well as senior outreach efforts and boosting re-use and recycling opportunities.

Transition Bolton Landing is a volunteer group concerned with local solutions to reduce energy use and build strong community bonds. Localizing necessities and economics is one way to ensure resilience in the face of fossil fuel uncertainties and ever increasing energy costs, according to Bill Campbell, one of the groups organizers. For details or to get involved, contact Campbell at 744-0341 or at: biobill7@yahoo.com

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