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Canal Street Studio

200 Canal St., Fort Plain, NY 13339     518.478.5629

Hours: Tuesday - Thursday  12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.,  Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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.  In the studio, set-up simply 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. Please feel free to contact the artist to discuss private lessons. Call (518)993-3022 or email  canalstreetstudio@yahoo.com  
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Beginning on April 6, 2019, the Studio will be open on a regular basis showcasing not only her artwork, but handcrafted items of artisans from marginalized communities around the world. We have partnered with SERRV International to highlight exquisite craftsmanship that does not always have a platform.  A sampling of some of the items from around the world that the Studio will offer are pottery & scarves from Vietnam; leather purses & wristlets from Ecuador; woven baskets from Bangladesh; wooden bowls from Egypt; Divine Chocolate from Ghana; ceramics from the West Bank; along with jewelry from Indonesia. All of the goods are made sustainably, with fair trade wages paid allowing people to live with dignity, provide schooling for their children, and improve their village drinking water, solar electricity and safe ways of cooking.  We think that you will be amazed at the quality of workmanship that is accessible and affordable to all. SERRV supports these businesses by paying them in advance 50% of the cost for their goods. This allows the business to continue to pay their workers, even during slow seasons. Begun as a sales exchange for displaced WWII refugees to trade their handcrafts for income, SERRV creates employment for artisans and farmers in marginalized communities around the world. They’ve been trading fair for 70 years. We hope that you will join us in celebrating these beautifully made handcrafts.  

 In addition to the SERRV artisans, we are also partnering with the Women’s Bean Project. Women in Colorado that are trying to break free from the cycle of poverty are crafting inspirational necklaces, tote bags made from recycled materials and specialty spice blends. Some of these women have been abused, some recovering from drug addiction and others have been recently released from prison. The opportunity to start a new life through Women’s Bean Project, gives them the power to transform their lives through employment. You, too, can play a role in helping to change women’s lives through this creative endeavor which has been doing so since 1989!  

Another movement for change that we are partnering with is Relate. This South African not-for-profit, social enterprise, facilitates the making and selling of handmade, beaded bracelets. A variety of causes are represented by the bracelets. The Canal Street Studio is currently highlighting four different projects, each having a different bracelet color and pattern. The projects are for clean water, literacy, to “give a dream” to children who are fighting life threatening illness, and in support of rangers preserving the National Parks of Africa.  

We are also pleased to be able to partner with The Native American Tea Co. based in South Dakota. Since 1987, a variety of herbal tea blends have been formulated to reflect Native American legends, stories or myths. Each box of unique tea is designed to reflect these stories in word and art. 5% of the Native American Tea Company’s profits are dedicated to Sitting Bull College for scholarships. Their herbal, black and green teas are featured at The Smithsonian, the National Museum of the American Indian, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial among other locations, including The Canal Street Studio!  


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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