Small Batch Editions

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"Poolside" by Sebastien Barre, one of the first prints available through Small Batch Editions.

Worth a look: Small Batch Editions, a startup business from local curator Melissa Stafford, which is aiming to put together new art buyers with up-and-coming photographers. As Melissa explained in an email:

The idea is something that has been building in my mind for at least 3 years now. In the course of working at the gallery in Hudson I often met a lot of people who fell in love with a photograph or painting, but were unable to afford it. I also met a lot of artists struggling to sell their work. Considering the economy these days and how limited most budgets are, I wanted to create an opportunity for both artists and buyers to have a meaningful exchange; by publishing special limited edition prints at more affordable prices I hope to grow the market for unrepresented photographers, increasing their visibility. At the same time, we as collectors get to discover new and exciting work and support the artists we love.

The initial lineup of photographers includes some local names you might recognize: Joe Putrock, Sebastien Barre, Holly Northrop.

Small Batch Editions hasn't officially launched yet. Melissa is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover some of the initial costs. Contributors will be able to pre-order prints and be eligible for other rewards. (And, as with all Kickstarter campaigns, the money is refunded if the goal isn't met.)

You might recognize Melissa's name from Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, where she was the gallery's first director. Here's a little bit more about what prompted her to start Small Batch Editions...

Again, from Melissa's email to us:

Buying art is a very special experience. I remember the first piece I ever probably wiped out my bank account at the time (and it wasn't extravagant - maybe $500 - but for me, that was a lot of money) but I was in love with it and to this day it was worth every penny. That piece has followed me to every apartment I've ever had, lasted through different relationships--its become a big part of who I am. Photography in particular - which is what Small Batch focuses on - has a way of connecting with people much more intimately than other mediums because it emulates the way that our mind freezes a significant moment. A great image reminds us of our memories, of ideas, emotions or even wonderful to be able to return to those feelings again and again.

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