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Next Summer owner Matthew Slaughter

Next Summer owner Matthew Slaughter

Shopping: The Lake George Needlepoint Belt

By Lisa H. Hall

Monday, July 25, 2011

How does equality-mad America cope with inequality? By poking fun at the privileged. And no one can more easily be made to look ridiculous than posh prep school alumni  (or at least those among them who don’t have the wit to hide their rank).

With the return of Memorial Day, old Exonians and others can be seen sporting needlepoint belts; belts with regimental stripes are perfectly acceptable,  but especially prized are those made by hand, featuring yacht club burgees, school crests, croquet mallets and allusive references to places like Seal Harbor and Small Point. You get the idea. A few years ago, two prepsters (Peter and Austin) started a company called Smathers & Branson to manufacture the belts, but with a wink of the eye and with irony. (But really, what’s more preppy than irony?) The product has been featured in magazines like Quest, as well as in the New York Times.

Recognizing the humor as well as the appeal of the belts, Next Summer owner Matthew Slaughter commissioned the company to make Lake George needlepoint belts. Stitched into the belt are images of a Hacker, the Minne, an outline of the lake itself, the LG oval decal, and an Adirondack chair, among other things.  Even if you find the semiotics of the needlepoint belt infra dig, you’ll want one of these.  $165. Next Summer, Main Street, Bolton Landing.

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Framed Painting by Barney Bellinger

Framed Painting by Barney Bellinger

Black Bass Antiques Features Prominent Rustic Artist

By Mirror Staff

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Barney Bellinger’s work is exhibited at the Adirondack Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and in New York galleries.

It’s now on view in Bolton Landing as well, at Black Bass Antiques, where owner Henry Caldwell has dedicated a portion of the shop to a display of Bellinger’s furniture, paintings and decorative pieces.

“Last summer I participated in a small group show at Silver Bay, which was very successful,” says Bellinger. “That showed me that there was a great deal of interest in the kind of work I do on the lake, so I thought it would be nice to try to exhibit some pieces here in Bolton Landing.”

Bellinger and Caldwell have known each other for years, so Black Bass was an obvious place for Bellinger’s mini-gallery.

“Henry didn’t know what I was going to do; he didn’t even ask what I was going to do,” says Bellinger.

According to Henry Caldwell, “Barney Bellinger is one of the foremost Adirondack artisans working today. Having some of his pieces here only enhances the appeal of my shop.”

Bellinger painted walls, installed lighting and selected a few representative pieces for the room, including a mirror made from antique fly rods, a table that incorporates oars and samples of his signature work: pieces of furniture decorated with his own finely detailed landscape paintings.

Desk by Barney Bellinger

Given that he’s such an accomplished artist, people assume that Bellinger studied painting or furniture design  in graduate school or at least in college.

In fact, as he cheerfully admits, he’s entirely self-taught, an artist who learned his craft pinstriping motorcycles and painting signs.

He grew up, however, on the periphery of the Adirondack Park, and days spent in the woods with his grandfather, a onetime logger, “must have left a deep impression on me, deeper than I realized at the time,”  he says.

Bellinger didn’t start making rustic furniture until the 1990s. He exhibited his first pieces at one of the Adirondack Museum’s first annual Rustic Furniture Fairs and has been making and selling one-of-a-kind pieces ever since.

“I have clients all over the world,” says Bellinger. While the popularity of the rustic style has led to a proliferation of poorly designed, poorly made pieces, the demand for furniture and furnishings that are works of art in themselves remains constant,  Bellinger says.

“People gravitate toward the rustic style because it suggests a slower, quieter way of life,” he says.  “It evokes nostalgia for the natural world and allows people to incorporate the outdoors into their daily lives.”

Black Bass’s gallery also contains 19th century paintings of Lake George and the Adirondacks selected by Bernard Brown and available through Bernard R. Brown Fine Art.

Black Bass is located on Bolton Landing’s Main Street. Call 644-2389 for more information.

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Juniper Design & Goods is located on Graphite Mountain Road, in Hague

Juniper Design & Goods is located on Graphite Mountain Road, in Hague

Juniper Design & Goods: A Shop as Unique as its Owner

By Mirror Staff

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What makes one resort-town shop different from another? Merchandise is sometimes the least of it. Whether it’s Trees, Next Summer or Happy Jacks, the answer to that question can usually be found in the varied sensibilities of the owners.

A specific sensibility certainly informs Hague’s Juniper Design & Goods, which Sally DeLarm Rypkema, an award-winning interior designer, opened a few years ago.

Located on Hague’s main street in an old home, the two story shop is artfully packed with everything from women’s clothes and jewelry to thermometers, gourmet foods, gardening tools, note cards and children’s games.

It’s both selective and inclusive; every item has chosen by Rypkema, and is probably a reflection of her taste, but she’s chosen something for everyone.

“My goal is to appeal to everyone who lives here or visits,” said Rypekema. “I want  everyone who comes in here to be able to find something to delight them.”

Rypekema attributes the variety in her store in part to the variety in her experience: she grew up in Hague but moved to Boston after college, where she began a career as an interior designer. She’s a full time resident once again.

Sally DeLarm Rypkema

“My sister Sheri and I have a perspective that’s different from a lot of businesses that open on Lake George,” said Rypkema. “We grew up here. My father’s family has been in Hague since the 1800s. We know everyone else who grew up here, and we know everyone who spent their summers here and come back every year.”

Rypekema’s sister, Sheri, moved back to Hague years ago to raise her family with husband Chris Ginn.

Together, they opened the Firehouse restaurant, which Rypekema designed.

And just like the Firehouse,  Juniper Design and Goods appeals to summer residents, locals and tourists alike.

“I’ve tried to think of everything someone might need while they’re here, whether it’s a home furnishing, a hostess gift or a wedding gift,” said Rypekema.

One shopper, Joyce Rice, a summer resident of Hague, said, “Juniper is fun because it’s not just Adirondack-themed goods. I can find accessories for myself, clothes for my grandchildren, and things for my house, like rain chains, which you can’t find anywhere else. It’s a great asset for Hague.’

Rypkema continues to offer her interior design services through Juniper Design and Goods.

The store is located at 9820 Graphite Mountain Road (Route 8). For more information, call 543-6812.

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