Finger Lakes Jewelry, Art Born of the Earth

Peggy Fusco always loved making jewelry and turned out more marvelous pieces for herself and her 5 sisters than they could all possibly wear, so she began selling her creations.

green stripes

“I don’t have a website,” explained Peggy. “I teach full-time and this is my relaxation – I do it for the love of the craft.”

Part of what makes Peggy’s jewelry so distinctive is that she incorporates Kazuri beads, a Fair Trade handmade bead created from the clay found in Mt. Kenya.   She is known for the  fascinating color combinations and textures in her designs, which are created by mixing Kazari beads among gold, silver and gems.

Peggy working

“I teach Earth Science at the Middle School in Canandaigua, and it’s so much fun to share my love of rocks and gems with the students.  When I can bring a piece of jewelry in to share that’s made out of the stones we’re studying in class, it brings Science to life!”

Even if you don’t have 5 sisters who might enjoy Peggy’s work, stop by her booth at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival and treat yourself or your friends to a piece of Finger Lakes Jewelry, Art born of the earth!


Blossoms Be Jeweled, Nature’s Beauty to Wear

Not everyone can say they pick flowers for a living, but that’s exactly what Kimberly Sigfried does, or at least part of it.

As a single mother, Kimberly was looking for a way to give up her corporate job and work from home.  She was living in Baltimore, MD when her Mother excitedly called to tell her that a space had opened up at the Windmill, a popular Amish Market in Penn Yan, NY.

Kim moved to New York State and began selling  handmade jewelry, crafted from real flowers.

Daisy in a Sterling Silver Setting

Daisy in a Sterling Silver Setting

“I love what I do!  I just finished picking my entire supply of daisies for the year.  If I’d waited longer, they’d have been too big.   Last week, I picked more than 1000 Forget-me-nots,” she laughed. 

Most of the flowers are grown in her own garden.  She carefully dries them  so they retain their natural beauty and color and then seals them in liquid to create stunning jewelry.

Alyssum in a Sterling Cuff bracelet

Alyssum in a Sterling Cuff bracelet

In addition to the daisies and forget-me-nots, alyssum, queen anne’s lace, and even Finger Lakes grapes also find their way into her lovely designs, showcased in fine quality sterling silver, silvertone, brass and gold settings. 

Be sure to stop by Kim’s booth at the  Canandaigua Art & Music Festival to say hello and consider what a lovely gift her jewelry would make for yourself or someone you love.

Gourmet Creations, Making Dining Memorable

Stacie Bourne and her Mother Charlotte began creating gourmet dips, dessert mixes and olive oil blends out of necessity. 

“We like to cook gourmet dinners, and we found we didn’t care for a lot of the dips we could buy, or we were allergic, so we started creating our own,” explained Stacie. 

Olive Oil Blends delight the palate

Olive Oil Blends delight the palate

That’s how Gourmet Creations was born.  Stacie and Charlotte started small, preparing products from herbs and selling them at flea markets.  Soon, they expanded their product line to incorporate suggestions from people they met.  Now their business has grown so much that they have assistance mixing and packaging the herbs.

More than 30 different dessert mixes, some sugar-free

More than 30 different dessert mixes, some sugar-free

“Most of our products are sold at craft shows or through our internet business, which has really grown.  People love our products for fundraising events too.  A number of our clients buy the products at wholesale and sell it in gourmet, gift and specialty shops.”

When asked about their top seller, Stacie responded, “Definitely the Roasted Garlic and Herb Olive Oil Blend!  We package the perfect combination of herbs together, so all you do is add olive oil.  That’s part of the reason we’ve been so successful – people are looking for fast and easy ways to create delicious meals.”   

Stacie and Charlotte Bourne invite you to stop by the Gourmet Creations booth at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.

Dianne Dengel, Art that Makes You Smile

Dianne Dengel’s Mother noticed Dianne’s artistic talent when she was only three years old. 

Her mother worked at Edwards Department Store and, although the family had little money, she encouraged her daughter’s love of drawing people by bringing home the cardboard from shirt boxes that would have been discarded.

Market Time, by Dianne Dengel

Market Time, by Dianne Dengel

“I had two college scholarships, but in those days, they expected all artists to be teachers.  I wanted to be an artist.  So I opened a tiny shop on South Avenue where I drew portraits for $1.50.  I have no idea how I made ends meet,” she laughs.

Dianne’s break came in 1984 when  TV personality Mr. Rogers came to Rochester to do a show about Dianne and her work.  Each year, he rebroadcast the show, which brought Dianne recognition and orders for her one-of-a-kind paintings, portraits and dolls.  Her works are favored pieces in many private collections, including that of Oprah Winfrey.

Art Class Dolls, by Dianne Dengel

Art Class Dolls, by Dianne Dengel

“I’ve been an artist for 52 years, and hope to keep creating for many more years,” shared Dianne.

Dianne is known for her whimsical, loveable characters, so full of life and joy.  You can watch Dianne work at her booth at the Downtown Canandaigua Art & Music Festival where you’ll also also be able view and purchase her paintings and dolls.

Photos courtesy of Dianne Dengel.