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PHOTOS: Craft shop brings art to Epsom

  • The Valley Artisans Cooperative has a balloon and sign on Route 4 in Epsom showing they are open. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Artist member Debbie Fine works the counter at the Valley Artisans Craft Shop in Epsom. The 18 members of the cooperative rotate being at the store. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Valley Artisans Craft Shop on Goboro Road in Epsom was once a grain store but in the 50s became The Pine Shop, a craft shop run by three sisters. The cooperative was started in 1981 and now has 18 artist members and more than 40 arts and crafts consignment members. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Valley Artisan member Debbie Fine holds up a 1950s photo of three sisters, Hazel Yeaton (left), Laura Bickford (center) and Mabel Bartlett, who originally ran the store, The Pine Shop. The building originally was a grain store near a former rail line that ran in Epsom. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Some of the artists’€™ works are displayed at the Valley Artisans Craft Cooperative in Epsom. The shop is heated by two wood stoves and is closed in the winter months. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The work of basket maker Jan Hoadley of Epsom are displayed at the Valley Artisans Craft Shop off of Route 4 in Epsom. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Member Debbie Fine holds a Pysanky egg – Ukrainian Easter egg – at the Valley Artisan Craft Shop Cooperative in Epsom. The shop provides local artisans and craftspeople an outlet for their work and is open from May through December. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Valley Artisans Craft Shop Cooperative is located off Route 4 in Epsom. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Right off Route 4 in Epsom, beneath some small trees and tucked off Goboro Road, stands an old grain store that keeps the creative and artisan spirit alive.

Since 1981, a group of artists and craftspeople have run a cooperative to market and sell their products from May to December every year. The history of the store also goes back to the 1950s, when three sisters ran a store there called The Pine Shop. Now, 18 cooperative artisan members and 40 consignment artists display their work.

The creative arts vary from the fiber arts to glass creations to baskets to jewelry to paintings and photography. The New Hampshire-made products also include maple syrup and spices. Because the building is heated by just two wood stoves, it only stays open through Christmas but opens back up in May.