Sunday, April 16, 2006

Treasures of Cambridge #7 Treasures of Cambridge #7

Be a part of "Treasures of Cambridge". If you are a resident of the Cambridge, NY area, please contact me to have your portrait taken. I will be at Bean Heads Coffee House on Thursday 20th or schedule a time email. Bring a prop that you identify yourself with. Check out the posting "About Cambridge Treasures" on this blog for more about the project. Or email me at It is a lot of fun and takes on average about 15 minutes of your time.

Nancy Bariluk Smith in front of the vault at former Bean Heads Coffee House has lived in the Cambridge, NY area for over 5 years. Nancy was married in September, congratulations!

Nancy has done a lot of things around town including currently being the coordinator for the Village Coop, but her driving passion is her art. She has worked in fibers for over 20 years in a process that has evoluted from spinning, to dying, to felting; which is the material she likes the most because it “tends to have a life of its own, and is very freeing”.

She is pictured here with her props, the wearable art “humbugs” which is her new line of pins and a mini-me of Bill Creitz, former owner of Bean Heads Coffee House where she worked. Nancy makes all kinds of characters in fiber, wall pieces and scarves. She even made the doll prop for Hubbard Hall Theatre Company's production of “He Who Gets Slapped”.

She likes working in Cambridge, “it is a great community”, she has found a lot of friendly people here. “People work together, there is a great sense of community here. Even people who don’t live here come here to shop at the coop because they like the feel of this place.”

She wants to be remembered as being “joyful and fun loving. The most important part about life is to have fun and bring that to other people”, and that is what she wants to accomplish by making her artwork.


Blogger Charlene said...

I love shopping at the Village Coop whenever I visit my parents in Cambridge during the holiday weekends. The Village Coop is a terrific place with such wonderful healthy food stuff. This place, along with "Over the Moon", "Two Tops Hair Salon" and "Battenkill Books" makes my visits to upstate NY very enjoyable. Thank you Nancy for all the good work you do at Village Coop. Also thanks to John for this terrific website. Peace, Truth & Justice!

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