Monday, May 30, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Jessica Hatheway Scriver at Block Gallery, Winooski

Jessica Hatheway Scriver continues her exploration of maps in the exhibit of new paintings entitled “Re-Mapped.” Where she once collaged maps into her paintings, she now constructs her own and uses map imagery to draw upon comparisons of biological, geological and urban complexities.

Please join The Block Gallery & Coffee House in Winooski for a wine tasting and opening celebration on June 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm. “Re-Mapped” will be on display through the month of June.

PRESS RELEASE: North East Masters of Fine Arts exhibition, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe.

Seven Artists Selected as the Best of the North East Masters of Fine Arts, an exhibition opening June 10, 2011 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT.

Best of the North East Masters of Fine Arts Presented by People’s United Bank

Helen Day Art Center is the first institution in New England to offer an “introduction” show to participants in MFA degree programs in the North East. The Exhibit will connect visitors with the strongest emerging artists from New England, Quebec and New York, while giving those artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a new audience of local Vermont residents and visitors.

When Helen Day Art Center decided to organize an exhibition to include the best artists of the next generation, they had no idea what to expect. “We wanted to bring some of the most impressive new talent in the North East to Stowe, Vermont to exhibit their work. We never expected the number of submissions that we received.” Said Nathan Suter, Director of Helen Day Art Center and Curator of the exhibition which opens on June 10th at 6:00. An Artists’ tour starts at 5:30. “At the deadline there were 107 artists who sent their work for the jury to consider.”

The jury process took place over two days in late April and resulted in seven artists selected. The Jury was composed of some of the rising stars in contemporary art curation and interpretation; one artist-curator, two curators, and one art historian:

Nina Gara Bozicnik, MA, Assistant Curator, Currier Museum of Art

Dina Deitsch, MA, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum

Anthony Grudin, PhD, Assistant professor of Art History, University of Vermont

Rachel Moore, MFA, Fulbright Fellow and Independent Curator, Co-Founder of Spoke: Chicago

Though the artists all were active MFA degree candidates at schools in New York, New England or Quebec, the final 7 are from a much broader geographic range - signaling the increasingly global community of artists. They hail originally from the U.S., London, South Africa, South Korea,

Mexico City and British Columbia. Their work includes photography, painting, sculpture, video, site-specific installation and social practice / intervention work.

Artists Selected:

Jennifer Cawley, Photography, Rhode Island School of Design

John C. Gonzalez, New Genres, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Joo Lee Kang, Painting / Drawing/ Printmaking, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Francisco Moreno, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design

Christopher Page, New Genres / Sculpture, Yale University

Melanie Perreault, New Genres, Concordia University

Robert Watermeyer, Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

The exhibition will be curated by Nathan Suter, Executive Director, Helen Day Art Center


Nathan Suter

Director & Curator

Helen Day Art Center

Stowe, VT 05672

(802) 253-8358

images: Jennifer Cawley Untitled (Airstrip, Vietnam), from the series Re/constructed Narratives of the American War in Vietnam,

archival inkjet print, 2010

Melanie Perreault, Bamboozled Box Social, 2007, cardboard, paper. 375cm x 600cm x 400cm

Robert Watermeyer, Landfill, Worcester, 2010 archival inkjet print

REVIEW: "Photo Journaling" Katrina Mojzesz photography at Tunbridge ArtSpace

by Dian Parker


For the past 14 years Katrina Mojzesz has taken a solo camping trip every August. In the current Tunbridge Library art show are her digital photographs from these journeys accompanied by various journal entries, along with artifacts she has collected along the way; pine cones, rocks she’s labeled Bryce, Arches, Newfoundland, and bottles of sand from different beaches. There are no people in the photographs and the viewer often has no idea where the picture was taken and sometimes not even what the photograph portrays.

The center piece of the show is her framed photograph "Imitating Nature", 42" x 23", prominently displayed on a large wall of the main room. The picture is mysterious, apparently showing the trunks of trees standing in the snow with the sun casting soft light on the white ground. The details are so blurred and blended, forced out of focus, that one doesn’t know if the tops of the trees are hovering in the clouds or upside down like the baobabs in "Le Petite Prince". The snow could just as well be mist, a pale lavender shimmer silhouetting the burnt sienna of the tree bark. From a distance this could be a drawing done with pastels.

Another of her abstracted photographs is the beautiful "Yellow Slide", 4" x 6", a small photo inset into a black frame without glass. It isn’t clear what the photo is, just streaks of yellow

and green lines, another example of what makes artistic photography intriguing. "Water Flames" 4" x 6", in intense magenta and Prussian blue is another striking "abstract", as well as "Division of Labor", 5.5" x 7.5", which won the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art award, with its streaks of purple, yellow and black, like pouring rain.

Some of her realistic photos are luscious an d sharply defined. "Hopeful" shows the top of a young Sequoia silhouetted against the towering trunk of a mature giant Sequoia. Sunlight filters through the young one, bright green against the ancient red trunk of the grandfather tree. A moving tribute to these majestic trees. "Milkweed" and "Red Rocks," 4" x 6", are realistic with lush color contrasts, free standing in their black frames. Also realistic yet stark and eery are "Solo Adventure" and "Moonset", the colors rich and deep.

It would have served the photographs better to have had labels telling where the photos were taken and defining the subject matter, offering a reference point to what one is seeing. In spite of a number of striking images some of the abstracts appeared to just be out of focus by mistake, and several of the realistic photographs were typical travel photos.

Photography is problematic as an art medium especially with the advent of digital cameras. Everyone is taking picture s and can experiment with the different possibilities. To have an art show of photographs the photographer needs either to have unusual subjects like Diane Arbus’ "freaks" or to use costly equipment like Ansel Adams’ large-format cameras that create his stunning high resolution nature photographs. Katrina Mojzesz’ photography has a hook; it is her travel journal along with her journal writing and travel artifacts. Memory keepers. Just make sure the memories are memorable and unique for an art show. The Tunbridge show runs till July 8, 2011.

PRESS RELEASE: From the Garden to the Forest; pastel paintings by three local Vermont women at The Red Hen Bakery and Café, Middlesex.

Exhibit: From the Garden to the Forest

Where: The Red Hen Bakery and Café, Middlesex, Vermont

When: May through June


Anne Unangst, Montpelier (802-229-0523)

Cindy Griffith, North Middlesex (802-229-4326)

Marcia Hill, Worcester (802-223-3591)

About a year ago, three pastel artists began meeting to paint together on a regular basis. The artists had the idea that it would be fun to join together in showing their art as one show in several venues in this area. The show, From the Garden to the Forest, covers the subject of fruit to fall foliage to Loons. The trio each presents their art with a completely different style providing the viewers ample opportunity for variety.

The Artists:

Anne Unangst:

*Anne grew up among family and friends who created art in various forms. Wanting to draw became as strong an urge as to want to ride a bike, play "Kick-the-Can," or hang out with friends. Getting together with one particular good friend often consisted of drawing together. Attending a large suburban high school that offered a fine arts curriculum, she continued her inclination to draw and paint. During college and

adult years her attention turned toward careers in education and human services, yet throughout adulthood Anne often sought refuge in art classes and groups of many mediums. In 1990 she took a pastel class with Jeneane Lunn. That was the first of many classes to be taken with Jeneane. Jeneane opened the way for Anne to love pastels and to begin to understand how to use them. Today Anne paints regularly with two other pastelists who motivate and inspire each other. Together they share a compatibility as artists as well as a love of the medium. Anne is delighted to continue to explore the world through pastels.

Cindy Griffith:

Cindy is a life-long Vermonter having grown up in Waterbury Center and beginning her art training from her father, Artist Leon Griffith. Her father died when she was only 17. Cindy minore

d in art during college and has continued taking art classes in many other venues. Cindy’s inspiration comes from all the details in nature such as the veins and contours of a lady’s slipper, the glistening splashes of sunlight suspended on the surface of a babbling brook, forest shadows and mountain sun. Cindy says, “My eyes see and my heart feels so many beautiful things. As an artist, I hope to share my impress

ion of my sight and experiences. If something I create connects and makes another person happy, then I’ve accomplished my task.” Cindy paints with oil and pastel. Oil painting was the first medium she fell in love with as a child, enjoying the sensation of oils gliding over a smooth surface with a fine brush. Later, she fell in love with the physical interactivity and the intimacy of the relationship with pastel painting. Cindy’s shares a small business, Hunger Mountain Arts, with her husband, a Vermont Woodturner. As partners, they share their lives and their art, too.

Marcia Hill:

Marcia took a Community College drawing class in 2009 using pastels, and she fell in love with

the medium. “They have such intense color,” Hill comments. “I love that you apply them directly with your hands; no brush as an intermediary.” A year after her class, she began painting regularly, at the age of 60, and finds it a fascinating experience being a novice at this point in her lif

e. She has been learning from workshops,

feedback from other artists and a mentoring relationship with California artist, Cathy Carey, and has been gratified to see her art develop even in this short period of time. Marcia says, “I want to express the inner aliveness of things, particularly in the natural world.” Marcia appreciates art that is at least somewhat representational, but is not all that interested in accurate depictions. “Rather, what I want to show is the spirit and energy – and even occasionally magic – that is present in every aspect of nature, from the folds of the hills to the light on the leaves, “ Hill comments. Since Marcia has started painting, she says the world looks more beautiful to her, which she had not expected. Hill reflects, “Things sometimes appear almost lit from within, and it’s that inner light that I want to convey.” Marcia is having fun, working hard and just trying to get there.

May - June - The Red Hen Bakery and Café

July - Capitol Grounds, Montpelier, Vermont

August - September - Community Center in East Montpelier

December - City Center in Montpelier

Contact: Cindy Griffith

Phone: 802-229-4326

Saturday, May 28, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Sam Thurston at River Arts Center, Morrisville

Samuel Thurston -
“Cityscapes & Landscapes, Here and Away”
June 16 – August 15, 2011
Opening Reception – June 16, 5-7pm
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT
River Arts is pleased to present "Cityscapes & Landscapes, Here and Away"- paintings by Sam Thurston, in the Common Space at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, June 16-August 15, 2011. There will be an opening reception on June 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sam Thurston lives in Lowell and has had many art shows both in Vermont and New York City. Thurston is a versatile artist, painting landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figures as well as sculpting figures and other subjects in clay and wood. For this show, Thurston has decided to show landscapes and cityscapes from over the years, including paintings of Morrisville, Newport, New York and Maine.

Sam Thurston will also be leading a workshop, “Drawing From Observation”, July 13th - August 3rd, 6-8pm at the River Arts Center.

The Gallery at River Arts is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10-2. For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261. Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at

PRESS RELEASE: Raven's Nest Studio and Gallery, Northfield


May 28 and 29, 2011, 10 AM To 5 PM

Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams

Watercolors, Pastels, Oils

Raven's Nest Studio and Gallery

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(802) 485-8387

540 Bear Farm Road, Northfield VT 05663

FOLLOW THE YELLOW SIGNS:From Rte 12 in Northfield, take Water St and travel west over the railroad tracks to the second right onto Union St.Follow Union St. (Union Brook Road) 4.5 miles onto Hallstrom Rd to the end of the pavement. Take an immediate right up the hill on Bear Farm Road. Go 0.5 mile to the red house on the right.Welcome to Little Bear Farm!

image :Red Poppies, watercolor

Friday, May 27, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Ilao Jackson at 215 College St. Gallery, Burlington

215 College Gallery

215 College Street

Burlington, Vermont 05401

Tel: (802) 863 – 3662

215 College Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of New York based photographer Ilao Jackson, Photographs From Here, June 3 – 26, curated by Sumru Tekin. Jackson takes as his subject the architecture and landscape of the places he calls home: Martha’s Vineyard and New York City. Please join us for the opening reception First Friday, June 3rd, 5-8 pm. Gallery hours: Friday, 12-8, Saturday, 12-6, Sunday, 12-4 or by appointment. Tel: (802) 863 – 3662

PRESS RELEASE: The Cartoonist's Art: An Evening with Phil Godenschwager and Steve Bissette, Korongo, Randolph

Sara Tucker

What happens when a couple of master cartoonists get together to talk shop? Find out on June 2, when the Korongo Gallery hosts an informal discussion with Randolph-based artist Phil Godenschwager and Steve Bissette of the Center for Cartoon Studies. A legend of modern horror comics, Steve Bissette made his name as the artist on The Saga of the Swamp Thing. His latest book isTeen Angels & New Mutants. Phil Godenschwager's phantasmagorical 2D and 3D works use cartoon imagery to depict the social and political horrors of our time. His current exhibit, "Scattered Art," is on view at Korongo until June 5. Seating is limited; reservations recommended: 802-728-6788 or ($10 in advance; $12 at the door).

PRESS RELEASE: Kate Mueller at the Korongo Gallery in Randolph

“The Rhythm of Color,” by Kate Mueller, Opens June 10
At the Korongo Gallery in Randolph
“The Rhythm of Color,” an exhibition of pastels and oil paintings by Vermont artist Kate Mueller, will open at the Korongo Gallery in Randolph on June 10 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit includes more than 30 figurative works, expressionistic landscapes, and portraits.
Sensuous, curving lines and bold, earthy colors mark Mueller’s current work, the latest phase in a career that began more than thirty years ago with a fascination in Japanese landscape painting, Art Deco, and surrealism. In the mid-nineties, Mueller began working exclusively in pastel with the nude as her subject—a single-mindedness of focus that proved to be a turning point.
“Through that period, my skill and confidence in form and color grew,” she recalls in the biography that accompanies her exhibit. “I worked increasingly larger, with ever bolder use of color. My aesthetic had shifted from surrealism to a use of color more in line with abstract expressionism.”
In 2003, Mueller began applying what she had learned to landscapes and, more recently, portraits, including commissioned work. Her work is held in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe, and she has been the featured artist at the Christine Price Gallery in Castleton and the Chaffee Center in Rutland.
“When I sit in my studio, surrounded by various pieces-in-progress, their colors and curves connect and flow into one another. The subject matter becomes secondary to the shapes and movement. It’s as though I am working on one big painting, and each individual canvas or piece of paper is a brief surfacing, one focused moment of expression. Underneath is some big shape-shifting feeling, a giant refracting fractal of color and shape.”
“The Rhythm of Color” will be on display through July 17. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. Korongo is located at 18 Merchants Row in Randolph. Info: 802-728-6788.

Hannah, pastel on paper, 9x12
Field at Play, oil on canvas, 24x19

PRESS RELEASE: Thought Bombers at the Firehouse- Burlington

New Multi-floor Exhibition of Design and Kites at The BCA Center

in June

Burlington, VT: (Wednesday, May 25, 2011) Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the latest exhibition of contemporary art at The BCA Center on Church Street, entitled /Thought Bombers/, featuring designers from the Burlington firm JDK Design, opening Friday June 3^rd with a reception and artist talk from 5-8pm. This exhibition also features kites created by students of the Integrated Arts and Sustainability Academies in Burlington, being displayed on the Fourth Floor of The BCA Center beginning on June 17^th . Students, designers and the public will be invited to Waterfront Park in Burlington on Sunday, June 12^th from noon - 3pm for a kite flying festival.

In the exhibition /Thought Bombers/, artist and designer Michael Jager and his team of designers from JDK Design collaborate on the creation of one-of-a-kind kites meant to evoke imagery of grand ideas, personal goals, self reflection and emotions that exist above and beyond our earthly lives. Over the spring semester and throughout the exhibition, artists will engage the community in the gallery and in area schools in kite-making to create vibrant individualized expressions of personal narratives. The classroom workshops will culminate in an outdoor kite flying festival at Waterfront Park on June 12^th featuring music, food and kite flying for everyone. The community kites will be on display on the 4th floor of the BCA Center for the duration of the summer. The exhibition will transform the first floor gallery with kites by JDK designers and will include original films and regular kite-making workshops for visitors. Highlighting Jager and his team’s twenty years of creative output, including snowboard and product design, and inspired by the legacy of 1960’s activist-artist-nun Sister Corita, this exhibition creates a unique fusion of community activism, graphic design and personal expression.

From June 17^th through August 13^th , in a unique combination of community and contemporary art, the BCA Center’s fourth floor gallery will feature a kaleidoscope of children’s kites created in the artist-lead workshops at Burlington’s Integrated Arts and Sustainability Academies. In addition it will include a documentary film by Aaron Rose, director of the film /Beautiful Losers/, on the life and work of 1960’s activist-artist-nun Sister Corita, whose legacy inspired this exhibition.

PRESS RELEASE: Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery presents "The Tasha Tudor's World: Photographs by Richard W. Brown", Shelburne

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne will be exhibiting "The Tasha Tudor's World:

Photographs by Richard W. Brown" , June 3-July 5, 2011. A reception and gallery talk by Richard Brown will be held on Friday, June 17, 5:30-7:30. Brown will speak on the experience of taking

these photographs: what it was like working with Tasha Tudor as well as offering specific details about some individual pieces. He will also

discuss the technical process involved in producing them.

For over ten years, photographer Richard W Brown documented the early nineteenth century lifestyle that the celebrated illustrator, Tasha Tudor (1915 - 2008), created on her simple

yet deeply evocative farm. Brown remembers her world as a magical place -- "East of Vermont and west of New Hampshire" --

as she was fond of saying. "Her's was a world caught in the year 1830, idealized yet clearly real. Floppy-eared goats grazed in the pasture, doves

fluttered about the roof ridge, and chickens scratched about in the yard. The rambling farmhouse and outbuildings were nestled into the hillside, and softened by the vines, clinging roses, and lilacs that nearly engulfed them. And because Tasha cooked all her meals on an old cast-iron

kitchen range, the air was always tinged with the smell of woodsmoke. The scene before me looked like a nineteenth century farmscape by Durrie or Homer," recalls Brown, "It begged to be photographed."

Brown has published award-winning and best selling books of these photographs, including The Private World of Tasha Tudor, and Tasha Tudor's Garden, in this country, as well as many subsequent books on Tasha Tudor in Europe, and especially in Asia where she is particularly revered. Recently, the photographer has been working on prints of his favorite images from this body of work. Because of the vintage quality of the subject, he has been developing techniques that, while done with state-of-the-art digital technology, result in works on paper that emulate some of the old fashioned photographic processes such as sepia prints, platinum prints, and hand-colored photographs that he admires. These images are printed on artist's 100% cotton rag paper for permanence, richness and subtlety of tone, and elegance of finish.

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is located at 86 Falls Road, in Shelburne Village. Hours are Tue-Fri 9:30-5:30, and Sat 10-5.

For more information call 985-3848, write:, or visit

the website at





Tasha, Stove, Parrot

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: NVAA annual juried exhibition, Jeffersonville

The Northern Vermont Artists’ Association will hold their “Big Event” of the year during the month of June in Jeffersonville. Visions of Vermont will host the June Juried Show in the Sugar House Gallery on the beautiful 94 Main Street grounds belonging to Jane and Terry Shaw. If the weather is nice, the Opening Reception will be held on the lawn from 3-5 Sunday June 5. There are several buildings full of art plus the recently renovated “New House”, into which the party will move in case of rain. During the awards ceremony, Past President Robert Brunelle will “pass the torch” to new President Joan T. Smith.
This show, in its 81st year, is judged and juried to keep it special. This year’s judges/jurors are well-known teacher and artist Sean Dye, internationally recognized painter Peter Miller, and Dan Patullo of The Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. There are usually about ninety or so entries for the annual June Juried Show. More than 150 people came from all over last year, but following the fun and the fabulous “garden party” atmosphere at the reception last time, it may turn out to be even bigger this year. The art-loving public is invited! If you can’t get to the reception on Sunday, remember that the exhibition and sale will be open daily from 11-5 Monday June 6 through Sunday June 26. NVAA members will be on hand to greet visitors and give information during the show hours.
Please contact me at 802 229-0910 or if you need more information. Thank you, Joan

Joan T. Smith

Saturday, May 21, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Suzanne Opton at Photostop Gallery in White River Junction

Suzanne Opton, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, will be exhibiting photographs from her Soldier and Many Wars series at the PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT from June 3 through July 30, 2011. An opening reception will be held on June 3rd from 5-8 pm and the artist will discuss her work at 5:30 that evening in the gallery. The public is invited to attend.

Opton’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Library of Congress, the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Smithsonian, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, among many others. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her widely acclaimed Soldier billboards were presented in eight cities in 2008 - 2010. Opton is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography, New York. Her book “Soldier / Many Wars” will be available from Decode Books in the fall of 2011.

In Suzanne Opton’s exhibit at PHOTOSTOP, selections will be shown from two bodies of work. The Soldier series features close-up portraits of soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Her Many Wars series focuses on veterans who are mostly from our region and who served in WWII, the Cold War, Vietnam, or in Iraq/Afghanistan. Most are seeking treatment for combat trauma that is either very fresh or has haunted them for a lifetime. In addition, several Opton photographs of Vermont residents will be shown in the PHOTOSTOP Corridor Gallery in conjunction with the White River Independent Film Festival’s screening of Last Stand Farmer, on which Opton collaborated.

In tandem with the exhibition at PHOTOSTOP, Opton will be teaching a workshop titled “Playing with the Portrait” on June 4 & 5. Contact the Gallery for more details.

PHOTOSTOP Gallery is located at 85 North Main Street, Suite 150, on the first floor in the TipTop Building, White River Jct., VT. Gallery hours are Weds. through Saturday from noon-6. Other hours are available by appointment. For more information call 802.698.0320 or check the website .

Soldier: Claxton - 120 Days in Afghanistan
, "Soldier" series
Marvin Zacharie - Vietnam, (2010), "Many Wars" series

PRESS RELEASE: Sam Kerson at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre

Ode to Demeter, Persephone Entre Deux Mondes
A linoleum block print exhibit by Sam Kerson

June 14 to Friday July 30, 2011
Studio Place Arts (SPA), Barre, Vermont

This exhibit is of Sam’s linoleum block prints. The series is called: Ode to Demeter, Persephone entre Deux Mondes. The images were printed by Katah at Atelier Presse Papier in Québec, where both are members. This series is part of a limited edition, of thirty. The images are 9x12 inches, printed on Stonehenge paper: 13 X 20 inches.

Dragon Dance has been publishing artist books since the 1994 publication of The Underground Railroad, Vermont and the Fugitive Slave, which was the design for the subsequent mural which can be seen, even today, in the Chase Center of the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.

The series of images to beexhibited at SPA Ode to Demeter, Persephone Entre Deux Mondes, was originally drawn as a proposal for a series of performances which took place in France in 2006 and in Finland in 2007. A first version of this show was performed in Vermont in 2004. The real challenge of the series was to recognize the biting of the pomegranate as a blood ritual in which Koré gave up her innocence and became Persephone the Destroyer. In the Vermont performance we represented biting the pomegranate as the Battle of Fallujah.

This series, Ode to Demeter, Persephone Entre deux Mondes has been exhibited in the following places: at the Galerie DeciDela, during the Theatre Festival of Saint-Martin de Londres, in september 2006; at the Cultural Center of the city of KemiJarvi in 2007, Finland; Atelier\Gallery of Alain Piroir in Montreal, February 2009; Maison de la Gravure Méditerrannée, Castelneau-le-Lez, France June 2009; and, during the ARTNÎMES contemporary art show, in september 2010, Nîmes, France.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Instructors Wanted at Fletcher Farm School in Ludlow

Call for Arts and Crafts Instructors

We are always recruiting potential new instructors, and are currently in the process of
determining which courses will be offered in the Fall-Winter-Spring 2011-12 and 2012 Summer courses.

Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility, located in Ludlow, Vermont. The School consists of nine classrooms in a renovated historic Vermont Farm setting, with a Craft and Gift Shoppe on campus (open during the summer months). We are Vermont's oldest residential Arts and Crafts schools. Our commitment is to quality arts and crafts education, to keep alive old traditions, to teach new techniques, in a special Vermont setting at reasonable cost to the general public.

Up to 140 summer courses are offered from mid June to mid September 7 days a week, consisting of classes of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 days in length. Class hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm daily with a one hour lunch break and an AM and a PM breaks. Day and boarding students are welcome.

Fall-Winter & Winter-Spring classes are weekends Sat. 9:00am to 4:00pm, and Sun. 9:00am - 3:00pm daily (unless otherwise stated in the schedule). We also offer mid-week series classes which run in the daytime and evenings, time(s) to be determined by instructor.

If you are interested in teaching at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, please submit a copy of your professional and teaching resume plus a description of the course(s) you would like to teach, along with a course proposal form, available from the school.

For more information about the arts education program at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, please call or email Laurie Marechaux, Executive Director: , 802-228-8770

Return Resume, Course Description, and Course Proposal Form to:
Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts
611 Route 103 South
Ludlow, VT 05149

PRESS RELEASE: Frank Woods at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin

RECENT CHAOS: Landscape, Kimono and Abstraction

Frank Woods

At the hospital through June 3 in the main entrance lobby.

Frank Woods is a native of Canada. He was born in Vancouver and raised in Montreal, where he also attended college at McGill University. There he received his BA in economics and political science. Following his years at McGill, Frank earned his Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) at Simmons College in Boston. He began drawing by taking classes in the evening division at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Although he spent most of his career in libraries, Frank always had a passion for art. When he retired from the library world, Frank tapped into a rich art tradition of art en plain air. He learned to work outdoors painting landscapes from his wife’s stepmother, Betty Galbraith Cornell, on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the Gaspé region of Quebec.

Kimonos came into being during the Heian period (794-1192) in Japan. The word originally meant clothing and later evolved into use as the name of a specific article of clothing. Today, in the Japanese culture kimonos are only worn for special occasions. Vintage kimonos and newly created kimonos are often works of art. Frank uses the outline of the kimono to serve his interest in surface design, composition, and the exploration of different materials.

PRESS RELEASE: The Planting Seeds of Change Mural Project Unveiled in Barre

Students from two accredited alternative high schools participated in a year-long program designed to connect them to their community in Barre. The Planting Seeds of Change Mural Project engaged students enrolled in Central Vermont Community Action’s Family Literacy Center (FLC) and those gaining their diplomas from Community High School of Vermont, Barre campus (CHS-VT).

After identifying key issues and struggles central to their lives in Barre, students used a consensus decision-making process to develop a theme to address their top concerns. One group identified the need for a safe, nurturing and peaceful environment in which to raise their children, who are at the heart of the community. This came from a series of group discussions and in response to the reality of domestic violence and streets that are not welcoming or child safe in Barre. The other group identified a need for viable employment opportunities and healthy recreation in order to improve their health and allow them to contribute positively to the community.

The mural project is an extension of an existing year round wilderness skills, gardening, cooking, and herbalism curriculum by adding art as a tool for reflection, documentation and expression. Local artists, food educators and herbalists as facilitators and local artists’ studios and the outdoors became extended classrooms. This multidisciplinary one-year, in-depth educational program is culminating with a community celebration and the installation of the mural created by each school.

The elements of each mural were taken directly from experience and learning during the project. The people and plants depicted in the murals have significance, as does the chosen landscape. Students gained significant skills that will help them be better workers, parents, students and citizens. Some of the skills included; individual and group decision-making, verbal, image and written communication, color and design, taking and giving direction, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and refusal.

This public art project has the support of City Hall, L.A.C.E. (Local Agricultural Community Exchange), Studio Place Arts, Central Vermont Community Action Council, and Community High School of Vermont. Thanks to our contributing sponsors: The Vermont Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, Ayers Auto Body, Capital Candy, Barre City Police Department, Thom and Karen Lauzon, New Directions for Barre and Northfield Savings Bank. Many thanks for your support.

CALL TO ARTISTS: 50th Annual Art in the Park Festival in Rutland

Calling All Artisans in the USA! 50TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK FESTIVALS


The year was 1961. John F. Kennedy was president. Princess Diana was born. Barbie got a boyfriend named Ken. Average annual income was $5735 and minimum wage $1.15. You could mail a letter for $0.04; buy a house for $12,500; or a new car for under $3,000. And, if you were here in 1961, you could also have attended the First Annual Art in the Park. A small group of
local Rutland artists had a brainstorm. let's have an art show in Main Street Park. So, with nothing more than an idea, they launched what has become a signature event for the central Vermont region.

From the original five artists, Art in the Park has grown to nearly one-hundred artisans. In 2011 Art in the Park will be held August 13-14 and October 8-9 and if you are an artisan who handcrafts unique products, there is still time to apply for space in this juried show. Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in the 50th Annual Art in the Park, which promises to be the best ever! The Chaffee Art Center, also celebrating its 50th year, is the event sponsor.

Main Street Park is at the Junction of Routes 4 & 7 in the heart of Rutland. This major crossroads provides a significant market for drive-by traffic.Coupled with expanded outreach and marketing, we expect to see an increase in the 8,000 or so regular attendees.

This is a juried event, which helps to ensure its quality. Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so we encourage you to submit your application now. No applications will be accepted after July 5, 2011 for the August show or after September 5, 2011 for the October show.

Visit the Chaffee Art Center website ( for information about Art in the Park events and to download an application. You may also call show administrators at 802.747.7900. Don't delay. Send your application today! Together, we can make the 50th Annual Art in the Park a celebration to remember!

PRESS RELEASE: Susan Russell Retrospective at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre

A wide-ranging show of works by the late Susan M. Russell of Calais is on display at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre through June 4. Creatively displayed in the second and third floor galleries at SPA, the show includes a mix of textured, acrylic paintings in earth-toned palettes, textile art embellished with threads, beads and buttons, fiber-based sculpture, and colored pencil drawings. There are more than 140 abstracted works on the walls of these spaces, which are grouped by color and feeling.

Susan’s sensitively layered paintings connected past to present and looked forward via several distinct series: Transportals, Aerial View, Earth’s Carpet, and Arches. Her colored pencil drawings were carefully mapped out mandalas, a Buddhist tradition that she taught at SPA years ago.

Though preferring her viewing audience to rely on instinctual feelings, and not words, Susan externalized her artistic vision in the following written statement, published on May, 2009.

“Creating art to me is a beautiful and profound dance of seeking the invisible truth within. I find that the internal constructs I see, and then bring forth, are sometimes so darn cool and interesting. My internal view excites me and presses me with passion. I go then to the painting process which demands integrity, clarity of intention and consistent hard work. It can be grueling and commanding to approach a blank canvas and lay down what you know. Likewise, it’s a process/place that lifts me up and truly carries me to another place of astonishment and fulfillment.

I am perpetually ensconced in seeking divine light and truth in my everyday life. Using paint to express my journey is my chosen process and very satisfying. I love color, form and texture and I use these elements to delineate moments of inner life. It’s hard to use descriptive words for my art and I prefer not to try. I do hope though that my images express, communicate and resonate with viewers’ inner life and the way beyond. Enjoy.”

This extensive, vibrant exhibit of Susan M. Russell’s work closes at SPA on Saturday, June 4 with a reception from 2:30-4PM.

Mixed media installation by Susan M. Russell, second floor.
Susan M. Russell dyptich, 308 A & B, acrylic mixed media, second floor

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Deborah Hillman at The Drawing Board in Montpelier

Deborah Hillman

Selected Paintings on Canvas and Paper: 2003-2010

June 2011

The Drawing Board
22 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 223-2902

Reception Friday, June 10, 4-8 p.m. during the Montpelier Art Walk.

Dreaming the Moon, oil on canvas (5"x7"), 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Open Studio at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow

Join us for 27 Arts and Crafts Demonstrations at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts during Open Studio Weekend, May 27 & 28 from 10:00am-5:00pm both days (rain or shine). Vermont Open Studio Weekend, sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council, is one of the Top Ten Events in VT and includes over 200 guided studio tours throughout the state. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Our barns are not filled with animals, hay or tractors... instead, we harvest the most unusual breeds of Arts and Crafts here at Fletcher Farm School. Meander through these historic barns and outbuildings where you will see up to 27 arts and crafts demonstrations, including: Painting, Stone Cutting/Lapidary Arts, Silversmithing, Painting and Drawing with Pen & Ink. Take a look at traditional New England crafts such as Quilting, Basket Weaving, Woodcarving, Punch Needle Hooking, Primitive Folk Art Stenciling, and Fabric and Paper Marbling.

Wander into the Rough Barn where Shane Chick will be demonstrating Reduction Woodblock Printing. Have you ever seen Wet Felting? Nancy Dorian will be playing with soapy water and wool fibers to create the most beautiful scarves imaginable.

Visit classes in session, including: Copper Bowls and Birdbaths with John Bieling. Bonnie Gale, who was recently on the Martha Stuart Show, will be teaching living Willow Sculptures, allowing students create a growing arbor or a living willow room … this is truly a GREEN class.

Many of the demonstrations are hands-on for our visitors. You can also purchase arts and crafts for sale from some of our artists and craftsmen during the Open Studio. Purchase raffle tickets to win a beautiful hooked rug or a necktie chair seat decorated with Primitive Stenciling by Sande Snyder.

Stop in and pick up a Vermont Open Studio Map at the School Office. For more information call 802-228-8770 or log onto the Vermont Crafts Council's website. Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is located at 611 Route 103 South, Ludlow, VT. Visit our website at

Celebrating 64 years of "keeping the dream alive".
The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. The Society has leased the campus and buildings that house the school from the Fletcher Farm Foundation, Inc. since 1947. The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) publicly supported organization.