Canal Street Studio
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Canal Street Studio

The Canal Street Studio is located under the Quilt Barn Square "Stitchel's Sunburst", at 200 Canal Street, in Fort Plain, New York. Its gallery space showcases a rotating collection of Joanne's paintings as well as a selection of her unique note card collections, all available for purchase.  Private lessons, workshops and artful gatherings are held in the fully accessible studio space of 1000 sq. feet.  The studio is set-up simply with folding chairs, long work tables and natural light complimented by overhead broad spectrum lighting. With walls of light neutral color, Joanne has created a comfortable environment in which the creative spirit can find itself. Simple instructional posters reflecting Resch's thoughts on color theory and drawing techniques, along with quotes by artists spanning the ages, find their place within the studio space emitting a spirit of encouragement and affirmation for all who enter and share art with Joanne. Currently, The Canal Street Studio is open by appointment. Please feel free to contact the artist for a visit......  call (518)993-3022 or email    
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Name: Stitchel’s Sunburst 
Location: 200 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY(commercial building/privately owned) 
Size of Square: 5ft. x 5 ft. 
Completed: February 2017 
Artist: Joanne C. Resch 
Description:  The building at 200 Canal Street and our residence at 15 Spring Street in Fort Plain, along with their intertwined history, was the inspiration for the design of this quilt barn square. Being an artist that paints to the seasons, I chose to make the sunburst quilt pattern as the centerpiece of the design. Each of the four corners symbolizes each of the four seasons. Each of the four seasons is represented by a specific craft that was in operation in the building through history… and still is.   Spring, symbolized with a daffodil, is represented by a horseshoe for the blacksmith shop that was in operation during the Erie Canal Days. Summer, symbolized with loons on a cuckoo clock, is represented by this unique clock for the clock shop in operation by my husband, a clocksmith, from 1996 – 2006 in this location. Autumn, symbolized with maple leaves and seeds, is represented by a carriage wheel for the carriage factory in operation by Frederick and Henry Stitchel beginning in 1865 …..the Stitchel Family built the building for such purpose as well as for the blacksmith shop that was attached to the structure. Winter, symbolized by an evergreen tree and snowflakes, is represented by an artist’s palette for the operation of my art studio 1993- the present, as well as for the Carriage Painter, James Coppernoll, who painted the carriages the Stitchels built on the second floor of the building.   Here is the unique twist….James Coppernoll and his family lived in our house on 15 Spring Street while he operated his painting business at 200 Canal Street in the 19th century. When my husband and I purchased our house 30 years ago just a couple of blocks away from 200 Canal Street, and then our building in 1995, we had no knowledge of the unique history that connected our two properties. Over the years, the threads of history were woven together revealing the final connection during the winter of 2016.   The colors chosen for the quilt barn square were meant to reflect the seasonal colors as well as compliment the brick building and the color scheme we had developed as the renovation and restoration of the building took shape over these many years of ownership.  Upon discovering The Quilt Barn Trail and enjoying it as we travel Montgomery and Fulton County on clock house calls, we were inspired to become a part of such a life-giving trail, a trail that promotes visual beauty as well as community throughout our area. In creating this quilt barn square, it is our hope that others will want to be part of this trail of life-giving expression, born of creative, historical, and community spirit.    

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