Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association

Hudson Valley Shepherd – Vol. 2 Issue 1

  Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 1 – Feb 24, 2014

The Hudson Valley Shepherd

Feb. 24, 2014 – IN THIS ISSUE…

  1. We’re hosting the NYS Sheep Symposium March 15, 2014
  2. New Vendor Application available for 2014 NYS Sheep and Wool Festival
  3. Art Contest Winners Decided
  4. Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl in March – map your tour!
  5. Festival Workshop Instructor Applications
  6. 2013 Scholarship Winner!
  7. Calendar


DCSWGA Hosts 2014 NY State Sheep Symposium

Blaine and Gretchen Burnett of Salt Point, NY and other Education Committee members have planned a symposium for March 15, 2014. This day of education is FREE for those 18 yrs old and younger and could be called our premiere educational event focusing in depth on sheep. All the details are at our website. Register and pay online or walk-in register.


Want to be a vendor at the largest and growing fiber arts festival in the Northeast?

The Festival seeks new vendors who offer something it doesn’t already have. Unique fiber artisans, services for the trade, fresh ideas and offerings. All open to apply. Current 2013 Vendor List available to search. You cannot be considered for vending unless you have formally applied. Applications kept on file. Get your 2014 Vendor Application (pdf), read the 2014 Vendor Contract (pdf) and read the complete instructions. Deadline: February 28, 2014

Art Contest Winners Decided

We’ve finally come to a decision on the 2015 Festival Art Contest. We had so many entries, it was difficult to choose, so we had to bring in more opinions from Committee to go over the 10 finalists. We debated our design parameters that remain important for future artists to consider when designing for this competition. 1) Ability to read everything even if printed on small and large products (mugs, printed palm card, advertising, shirts). 2) Original and unique concept not reminiscent of other festival artwork in the world 3) Unisex appeal (tricky since most of our attendees are women) 4) Simple color scheme to accommodate color discharge screen printing process. Art is art none-the-less, and we appreciate all of your efforts and spirit of playing the game. You can’t win unless you try.  Finalists are encouraged to keep their designs on file and modify them if you’d like to resubmit them again for the 2016 contest.

The winner of the award is Clare Margaret of Harrisburg, PA.

Disciplines:  Painter.  Silkscreen Printer.  Textile Design.  Hand Cut Paper.
Studied at:  Art Students League, NY & Brixton College, London. Fine art.
“I spent 12 years as a design, construction & display artist for several NYC based companies and over 20 years as the designer & hands on silkscreen printer for Artworks clothing, where I hand cut all my images for print on textile & paper.
My life in art started with traditional figurative drawing & portrait painting at the Art Students League, NY and textile design at Brixton College, London.
I work on anything that involves paper. My tools are paper, paint, glue, x-acto knife, & loads of blades.
My original images are drawn & cut by hand from one to many sheets of paper in a primitive method without the use of modern technology. Each work is one of a kind. My inspiration is the visual simplicity of nature.  It is, when all is said & done, a wonderful world.“

Second Place: Kat Cappillino

“I grew up in Dutchess County and have enjoyed the Festival for many years. I still live and work in the area, as an artist and graphic designer, now in New Paltz, where I received my MFA in painting and drawing from SUNY in 2010. This will be my first time submitting to the contest.
One of my favorite parts of the S&W festival has always been the herding trials, so I chose to feature the border collie (and sheep) in both of my designs.
I used an ipad app called sketchclub to create these digital paintings/drawings and then edited the text and design in Illustrator and Photoshop.”

Results from both the popular voting and final judging were extremely close. We encourage everyone to stay tuned for next year’s Art Contest announcement, which should come forth later this month.
Congratulations and thank you to all who participated.


Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl – March 29-30, 2014

Want to teach at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival?



Clayton Stephens Receives 2013 DCSWGA Scholarship

The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association Scholarship helps our Hudson Valley youth further their education with a preference to those pursuing a field of study related to agriculture, although any major may be considered. Only studies at undergraduate, fully accredited two or four-year colleges, universities or technical schools are acceptable. Clayton Stephens was awarded the $1000 for 2013.

“I graduated from Pine Plains High School in June of 2013 where I was a member of the Junior Varsity Basketball Team and the FFA Chapter. My FFA career allowed me many leadership opportunities one of which was to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on two separate occasions. I have received many proficiency awards through FFA one being the Sheep Proficiency Award. I am representing Pine Plains FFA this year at the National FFA Convention to compete in the Job Interview contest.

I currently attend Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa Oklahoma, where I am studying Animal Science with plans to turn it into an Ag Leadership Degree.”  READ COMPLETE PROFILE >>

The 2014 Scholarship Application is online.

Need to plan better? Try using our new Regional Calendar.


Our Association’s Google Calendar address is: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=nysheepandwool%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

Want to see an event on the calendar? email listmanager@sheepandwool.com

Thanks for reading,
– David
Ad-Hoc Newsletter Editor

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