SHOHOLA -  Spontaneity, creativity and a desire to have fun are the basis for a new experiment in Shohola. 

With a community full of imagination and talent, after retiring as the Executive Director of New Hope Manor in Barryville, NY Nick Roes has decided to partake in a trip that will embrace peoples’ skills. On Saturday, May 2, the doors to The Artists’ Market will open for all to see and enjoy.

Roes describes the center as a place where people will have unique experiences and the chance to try different things because “mistakes are fine,” as lessons will also be learned. 
So often, Roes said people in the region have talents, but they are hidden because there isn’t a place to showcase the skills, or the creators are apprehensive to share their creations. 

Now, through the center, Roes hopes artists’ pieces will “come to life” and the enjoyment will be shared with all who can appreciate each person’s talents.    

Motivated by the enjoyment of having fun, Roes’s vision for a center has taken on, “its own personality and character” as his experiment has unfolded.

There will be art exhibits, classes that cover an array of topics, in-depth conversations and more. Ultimately, Roes said he’s open to hear the public’s ideas. The center, he said, will be different than other venues in the area because of how people can participate in the evolution of his experiment.

Thus far, just about everything has occurred accidentally because initially, Roes was simply looking for an office, when he came upon the studio, that led to a vision. 

An element that will make the center unique, Roes said it is how people can take part in everything, and the opportunities for discovery are endless. The difference, he called it “exciting.”

Truly a community place, classes will be led through the talents of those who have embraced the topic in their lives. One class, the fundamentals of drawing will be taught by a local teacher and artist. 

Creative differences discussions, will offer the opportunity for people to share their incite on society. The first class, “does beauty or obscenity exist as an objective” basically Roes said, is beauty in the eye of the beholder or is beauty real. 

There are several ideas in the air, like the possibility of drawing the human form, where people will take turns modeling and drawing one another. Perhaps, Roes said with a laugh, there could be an open mic night where those in the region will have a “got talent show.”
As ideas have emerged, Roes said the center has taken on a life of its own, which he was hoping for. With the incite from others, he actually wants the center to be a place unlike any other, that offers truly unique opportunities. 

Inspired by his Aunt Lonnie, Roes started painting a few years ago and now, he hopes the center will encourage people to try new things as he enjoys the pride people take in their work. 

No two things are alike in the center, as each person offers their own creations; from ceramics that can be used for decoration or others for cooking, photography and art. 
For those who have an artistic vision, Roes said the center is the place where it can come to life. And thus far, with artists from all over, a few of the creators include teenagers because he hopes that everyone can help one another as people share their knowledge.  
While the grand opening is May 2, a few classes have already occurred and sold out. Generally there are six to eight spots in the classes, because Roes wants to keep everything informal. With a laugh, he said the progress of the center, has been the result of “serendipity.”

The plan is that, each participant will bring something to the table and each aspect of the center will lead to new adventures, where “something really special” occurs.

Seeing others’ work come to life, Roes said it is like working at New Hope, where he helped clients empower themselves and overcome their addictions. But now, people are focusing on presenting their artistic skills.

Although the center happened accidentally, Roes said its become something great because it is a chance for people to have fun, which he strives to have as a way to celebrate life. Happiness and fun are critical for people he said, because if people are having a good time they will pursue positive things and want to stay out of trouble. 

A basis for some of Roes’s knowledge comes from his years at New Hope which he said was “kind of a laboratory for happiness” since the clients are generally trying to overcome addictions. 

Membership for the center is free, but there are a few minimal costs to support the programs and classes. At each event, there will be refreshments. 

While there are other creative venues in the area, Roes said The Artists’ Market will be different because it will be a place where people should “expect the unexpected.”
The grand opening of The Artists’ Market will be May 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. The center is located at 114 Richardson Avenue in Shohola. For more information call (845) 557-8713 or visit