Thursday, June 17, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Beth Robinson in Residence at Firehouse in Burlington

Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce its newest Artist-in-Residence, Beth Robinson, who will be in residence on the fourth floor of the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts on Church Street in Burlington from now until July 24th, 2010.

Beth Robinson creates odd dolls, that are not something you will find in a toy store. They are hardly something you would buy for a child. They are mis-proportioned, strangely dressed, and they have a character uniquely their own. Each doll is entirely hand made using polymer clays, vintage fabrics, acrylic paint, and sometimes real human hair or teeth. Each piece is one of a kind.

Robinson is a self taught artist who has been living in Vermont for 15 years. While she has dabbled in a variety of mediums, it was the discovery of polymer clay that allowed her to combine her interests in design, sewing, sculpting, and painting and gave her a concrete foundation of expression in the form of Strange Dolls.

Since 2003, she has been creating macabre and grotesque characters in clay for collectors across the globe. Robinson is currently represented in Berlin/NYC/London by Strychnin Gallery. Robinson's dolls have been featured in the magazines: Art Doll Quarterly, SPIN, "Stuff" in the US, "Maxim UK" and "Maxim Hong Kong," "Rue Morgue" in Canada, "RIP" in Russia, and "Nordic Vision" in Norway.

Robinson’s website is:

Residency begins June 1st and continues through July 24th. Beth welcomes visitors to the fourth floor of the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts on Church Street on Saturdays from 11-4pm. Additionally, she will also welcome visitors during the Firehouse Gallery main floor exhibition opening reception on July 2nd.