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Saturday August 24, 2013

Jelly Bean Tree Artisans on the move

SAXTONS RIVER -- The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans, Vermont’s oldest crafts cooperative, will be moving a block away to 26B Main St. opening Wednesday, Aug. 28. The shop’s new location is in the building that formerly housed the Quality Impressions Print Shop, directly across from the Saxtons River Inn. There will be no break in the operation of the shop, and the hours will remain the same: Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Joanne Lester, president of Jelly Bean Tree Artisans, said "After 38 years in the same location The Jelly Bean Tree is moving. Although happy where we were, this move brings great opportunities for growth. We are very excited about the new possibilities and our membership is re-energized. We are looking forward to updating, not only our shop and displays, but our policies, membership and merchandise."

She said, "We are actively seeking new members who will add even more positive energy and new products. Our rates are very reasonable and we look forward to providing a wonderful space for selling.

"In addition, we are planning craft classes, on-site craft help, extended hours, open house events and fundraisers."

Anyone wishing to become a member may call 802-869-2099, or visit the shop and pick up an application. Exhibiting artists’ submissions must pass a jury process based on workmanship, originality and use of materials. This assures a high standard of craftsmanship, which The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans customers expect.

Once accepted, co-op members receive payment on a commission basis. The cooperative helps new members with marketing, display and pricing. Members, who staff the shop receive a larger commission.

The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of area artists and craftsmen. In continuous operation since 1975, the shop gives members a place to market their goods and has helped hundreds of artists to establish themselves in the crafts market. The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans shop has become a favorite stop for many repeat visitors to Vermont.

For more information on The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans or how to join the cooperative, call 802-869-2099 or For up-to-date news on events, and what is going on at the Jelly Bean Artisan shop, visit the facebook page.

Landmark College to offer new program

PUTNEY -- Landmark College in Putney is offering a new Certificate in Universal Design: Technology Integration. The program will give educators the tools they need to reach a wide variety of students in their classrooms. These days technology is an especially big issue, and Landmark’s program focuses on the concept of Universal Design and the integration of technology into all aspects of teaching.

Classes begin Sept. 23 and registration is still open. It’s a blended course format (with only one weekend on site for the third course, and one week for the Capstone course), and most courses are taught via a combination of online instruction and face-to-face social platforms like Skype. On Tuesday, Aug. 27, there will be a free, 30-minute webinar on the use of apps in the classroom, which will be just a small, but useful, sample of what educators can expect from the program. For details, and a link to apply for the program, visit

Landmark is also hosting an LD Innovation Symposium on Friday, Oct. 4. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Matthew Schneps, who was recently profiled in the Boston Globe for his groundbreaking research on using small-screen devices like iPads and smart phones to help people with dyslexia read more easily. Schneps, who himself has dyslexia, directs the Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Following the keynote, LD researchers and experts will lead a day of presentations about the innovative research that’s impacting everyone in the fields of education and technology. The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Landmark College’s campus in Putney. To register for the symposium visit


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