Art in Common heating up winter

“Art in Common” multi-art events keep the Margaretville Commons building abuzz every Saturday afternoon and evening with art, activities, shopping and socializing. Two important causes are now the worthy recipients of retail space upstairs in the Commons during these events, donated by the Commons building.
Zim Kids, a charitable organization started by local resident Dennis Gaboury, was inspired by the orphans he met in Zimbabwe, where AIDS, corruption, and hyper-inflation have ravaged the country. Amazed at the resilience of these children, who made dolls, toy trucks and other playthings from found objects gleaned from rubbish, Dennis founded “Zim Kids” to publicize their plight by telling their stories and offering their toys for sale here in the States to support the children back in Zimbabwe. Recently the children of Margaretville Central School learned about Zim Kids and were inspired to create handmade dolls and toys to support their efforts. When you purchase a toy on behalf of Zim Kids, your donation goes directly back to the children, where it can furnish food for a month, school supplies, and other basic necessities.
Closer to home, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) will also be offering homemade gifts for sale to support the homeless animals in the Delhi shelter. HCHS Board Member Dick Stinson has been hand-crafting one-of-a-kind doorstops, featuring whimsical cat or dog personalities, carved from wood and handpainted. You might even consider them too fun and artistic to be on the floor and want to display them on your mantelpiece! Other hand crafted items, all donated by volunteers, will also be on offer each Saturday. All proceeds will help keep the shelter animals warm and well-fed until they can find their “forever homes.” 
Art in Common events begin at 4 p.m. each Saturday in the Commons building in Margaretville: Valentine’s Day will feature a Group Show opening at the Longyear Gallery, on February 21 fine craft artisans will demonstrate their work with paper while Longyear Gallery artists Gerda Van Leeuwen and Ros Welchman “explore three dimensions” in their art, and on February 28, there will be a wine and local cheese-making as Purple Mountain Press authors Michael Kudish, Tim Duerden and Bob Steuding discuss and sign their books about the Catskills. 
For more information about the Art in Common series and to preview future events, visit www.catsguild.org or call 586-3443.