Amy M Lavine – Promoting local arists through custom-designed stationery

SKETCH Art Supplies, which was opened in Hudson, New York by Amy M Lavine in 2012, recently produced calendars featuring the work of local artist Kenneth Young. The calendars, which include paintings of different Warren Street scenes, were first sold at SKETCH in December 2013 and were so successful that Lavine increased the printing run for the 2015 calendars. The new version included a number of new paintings from Kenneth Young, including a surrealist view of the SKETCH storefront for the month of August.

Amy M Lavine

 In addition to printing Young’s Warren Street calendars, Lavine also produced a second 2015 calendar featuring the work of another Hudson artist, Earl Swanigan. Often described as an “outsider artist,” the paintings featured in Swanigan’s calendar mostly included whimsical scenes with anthropomorphized animals.

In addition to the calendars, both Young and Swanigan are also featured on postcards and greeting cards designed by Lavine and sold at SKETCH year-round. Lavine prints and sells cards for several other local artists too, as well as printing cards that feature classic paintings from the Hudson River School and other unique fine art images.

As an attorney who decided to leave her academic career in order to pursue a different path as an art materials supplier and small-town shopkeeper, Amy M Lavine has always be open to collaborations between SKETCH and other local artists and arts organizations. “I love being a part of this community,” she explained, “and helping local artists to distribute their imagery more widely is a great way to promote them as well as the city as a whole.”