Saturday, December 31, 2011
The photo show celebrates the people who call Tunbridge home. Taken in the fall of 2011, the environmental portraits include farmers, artists, students, hunters, business owners and retirees. A collection of scenics of the town -- in its 250th year -- are also included in the show.
Laura DeCapua is the youngest of eight children and hails from a small town in the Midwest. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Visual Communication. Laura’s photography career began 15 years ago and her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers internationally, nationally and locally. Laura and her family have called Tunbridge their home for 10 years. More information about Laura's work can be found at her website.
Geoff Hansen has been a photographer and editor at the "Valley News" for the past 22 years. His photography has appeared in a dozen books, including "The Joy of Keeping Chickens" and "Living with Pigs." He is proud to be part of the Tunbridge community, where he has lived with his family since Oct. 2000. More information about Geoff's work can be found at geoffhansen.com.
The library is located on Route 110 in Tunbridge village, across from the Post Office, about five miles north of Route 14. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday, 3-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call librarian Jean Wolfe at 802-889-9404 for more information.
Images: Top: a portrait of Tunbridge, Vt., organic dairy farmer Rob Howe by photographer Laura DeCapua; Buttom: a portrait of Tunbridge, Vt., artist Joan Feierabend by photographer Geoff Hansen
Locked in Time: Photographs by Aldo Mersui
Locked in Time is back at the Chaffee Art Center for a second exhibit of photographs by Aldo Merusi. The first exhibit took place in January 2010, and because of the popularity, a second exhibit was scheduled. This second Locked in Time exhibit features over 100 new photographs selected by Dr. Richard Brown. Aldo Merusi was the chief photographer at the Rutland Herald from 1937-1974 capturing images of Vermont individuals and events across nearly four decades and virtually the entire state. The Merusi Archive at the Rutland Herald consists of nearly 30,000 photographic negatives, and this exhibit represents a very small percentage of his life's work.
The photos in the exhibit were made from the original negatives which were scanned into digital files, and then printed. Except for adjusting the contrast to make a "readable" image, the photos have not been manipulated.
Locked in Time will open on January 13, 2012 and will be on display through February 11. There will be an opening reception on Saturday January 14, from 4-7 PM, at the Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT. Photos in the exhibit will be for sale. The Locked in Time exhibit is sponsored by the Rutland Herald.
View our exhibit downstairs at Catamount Arts and Join our hands on an event from 6-8 pm in the gallery on First Night, where you can work with recycled materials as well as yarns, fabric, and plastic bags.
We'll supply materials, patterns, and ideas. Make a bag to hold your old baggage then leave it behind! Create a new bag to carry your hopes and essentials into the new year….
Image: Bags made by crochet artist Nancy Lewis
Select Design, in collaboration with Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, will be showing Variations in Abstraction: Steven P. Goodman, Beth Pearson, and Gail Salzman from December 27-February 17, 2012. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, January 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Select Design is located at 208 Flynn Ave. in Burlington. Hours are Mon-Fri 8:30-6. For more information call 802-864-9075 or contact FS Gallery at 985-3848, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.fsgallery.com
Image: Gail Salzman, Orison, oil on canvas
The Gallery at Equinox Village is thrilled to host Photographer George Bouret for our first Gallery Opening of 2012. He both graduated from and taught for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has shot extensively in the American Southwest and in Alaska. His work can be previewed at www.bouretphotography.com.
Gallery at Equinox Village Opening Event: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
'People,' a show of drawings and paintings by Glen Coburn Hutcheson, upstairs at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library from January 3 through February 28. Opening reception on Thursday, January 5 from 5-7 PM.
Drawings and paintings of gods, saints, locals and the artist's mother, among others, will be exhibited in the Fiction Room for the first two months of the year. Some are pencil on paper, some homemade gouache, and some oils over gouache on canvas. Sizes range from small (5" x 3")
to large (54" x 48"). Included are a few free-spirited transcriptions of works by Renaissance masters, including Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Titian.
Glen Hutcheson studied drawing, sculpture and painting at the New York Studio School and Haverford College. He grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Montpelier, VT. The human figure informs all his artwork, from plein-air landscape to abstract sculpture. His work can be found
on the web at www.gchfineart.com and drawpaintsculpt.blogspot.com.
images: Berry Picker, 54" x 48", oil over gouache on canvas,
2011; Blame (after Leonardo), 22" x 29", pencil on paper, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Gallery at River Arts Presents:
Topographies by Frank Woods
January 19 – March 02
Opening Reception January 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT
The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present "Topographies" by Frank Woods at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, January 19 – March 02, 2012. There will be an opening reception on January 19, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. "Topographies", featur landscapes and kimono in various degrees of abstraction, painted in oil on canvas and panel, and ranging in size from small (11 x 9) to large (60 x 36).
Frank Woods is a painter who was born in Vancouver and grew up in Montreal. He has a BA in Economics and Political Science from McGill University and a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston. His serious engagement with visual art began when he attended drawing classes taught by Bill Flynn at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He moved from Boston to Moscow, VT in 1975, and then to Montpelier in 1980. Until his recent retirement, Woods worked for the Vermont Department of Libraries, where he served as the film librarian and later as the director of the Talking Book Library for the Blind. For the past thirty five years, he has spent virtually all of his free time painting and drawing.
Although he is best known for his landscapes and Adirondack chairs, he also has a long-standing interest in the figure and in abstraction. For the past three years he has expressed this interest with paintings, drawings and mixed media work centering on abstract representations of kimono. For Woods, the kimono is a starting point giving way to exploration of surface design, with color and line never very far behind. In his landscapes, abstraction is likewise always just around the corner. In this respect there is a close relationship between kimono paintings and their landscape cousins. Each slides easily from the ‘real’ to an alternative, but structured, reality, akin to a schematic or an aerial map-like view.
The Gallery at River Arts is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261. Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.
The Common Space Gallery Presents:
"Prints and Paper Construction"s – by Phillip Robertson
January 19 – March 01
Opening Reception January 26, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT
River Arts is pleased to present "Prints and Paper Construction"s – by Phillip Robertson in the Common Space Gallery at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, January 19 – March 01, 2012. There will be an opening reception on January 26, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Phillip Robertson an interdisciplinary artist and printmaker, living in Vermont since 1994. Inspired by the natural landscape, Robertson uses imagination and memory to look beyond realism to make a statement about the pastoral landscape tradition in the 21st century. He earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, teaches art at the Community College of Vermont and works at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.
The Common Space Gallery is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261. Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.
"December" by Phillip Robertson
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mary Byrom, well known for her sensitive, elegant interpretations of wild, beautiful places, can be found any the day of the week painting in the great outdoors. Her true love is painting in nature, capturing fleeting moments of light and beauty. She paints outdoors in every season, capturing plein air paintings of the landscape that are brought back to the studio where they become the inspiration for her large landscape paintings.
"New England is a beautiful area with rich subject matter. I paint ocean along the seacoast of Maine, mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont and lovely old farms in the Berkshires and along the river valleys in the Green Mountains. I've been wandering and painting in this region for several years and still have not seen all of its treasures," says the artist.
Artist Statement: With oil on canvas I express my perception of life and energy in the spirit of my generation. The essential connections I've had with other people, the emotions they have evoked in me, and the moments I've shared with them intrigue and inspire me.
My images come from photographs I've taken of present day people in everyday life, focusing on pop culture in small towns. I paint using brilliant colors and energetic patterns to express a positive visual statement. I aspire to draw attention to the seemingly insignificant moments everyone experiences that make life beautiful, uplifting and significant.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Artist and BCA Gallery Committee member Sally Linder, who nominated Blasdel for the award, writes, “His art is imaginative, thought-provoking and expertly executed. Moving from sculpture to printmaking and presently exploring new mediums, Gregg constantly challenges himself and the viewer's comfort zone. While many artists of Gregg's caliber are promoting their art and their career, he has been supporting the Vermont community of artists and art students through his associate and assistant professorships at St. Michael's College and the University of Vermont respectively.”
Gregg Blasdel has been a part of the Vermont art scene since the 1970s. He received his MFA from Cornell University in 1967, and taught at the Whitney Museum in New York City soon after. He relocated to Vermont in the 1970s to teach art at the University of Vermont and then St. Michael’s College in the 80s. Blasdel has lectured around the country about art and architecture and his drawings, sculpture and prints have been exhibited around New England and in New York City.
Gregg Blasdel lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and frequent collaborator Jennifer Koch, owner of Frames For You And Mona Lisa Too. Gregg and Jennifer are currently participating as artists and project coordinators along with artist Sumru Tekin in a joint project between Flynn Center and Burlington City Arts, called the 30/30 Anniversary Print Project, opening January 6th at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.
As the recipient of the 2012 Barbara Smail Award, Blasdel will receive $1,000 and use of Burlington City Arts’ facilities for one year, which include the Print and Clay Studio at 250 Main Street and the BCA Community Darkroom. Friends and family of Barbara Smail, a well-loved and highly respected artist from the Burlington area who died in the fall of 2001, established the Barbara Smail Award. The award is given to a mid-career Vermont-based artist who has a desire to expand his or her creative experience and has displayed an enthusiastic support of his or her peers. Previous award winners include Carol MacDonald, Jennifer Koch, Diane Gabriel, Catherine Hall, Lynn Rupe, Peter Gallo, Jude Bond, Anthony Sini and Kat Clear.
Romancing the Art of Photography:
A photography exhibit portraying montage, panning and color play.
December 3 - 31 at Marilyn’s, 115 College Street, Burlington, Vermont.
Store hours: Sunday 12-5, Monday thru Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-6.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Adam Putnam - Magic Lanterns
December 9 - February 25, 2012
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, December 9, 5-8pm
In this exhibition, New York-based artist Adam Putnam offers three surprising and evocative explorations into the experience of physical space. His Magic Lantern installations use a 19th-century theatrical technique of projecting light through painted slides. By using bulbs suspended in translucent boxes Putnam projects ethereal architectural interiors on empty gallery walls; complete with doors and endless corridors. Putnam's meticulous graphite on paper drawings of abstracted cathedral-like sculptures feature erotized cavities and protrusions, including arches, buttresses and crenulations. In photos of his startling contortionist performances, Putnam implausibly folds his six-foot-eight-inch frame into tiny spaces, including cabinets and bookcases. As the everyday experience of space is challenged by the synthetic environments of the online world, the cumulative effect of Putnam's work is to capture and question our disorienting and mutating sense of physical space. Putnam's work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum, NY.
December 9 - March 24, 2012
Artist Lecture: Why Should I Care About Drag Queens?: Wednesday, February 8, 7pm
Drag Show with The Ladies of the Rainbow Lounge & Reception: Friday, February 17, 8pm
In this exhibition, photographer Evie Lovett offers visitors a unique and highly personal portrait of drag queens in rural Vermont. Lovett offers a rare glimpse into the spectacle of drag by documenting backstage preparations for the monthly shows at the now defunct Rainbow Cattle Company in Dummerston. The photographs of participants-grocery store workers to nuclear power plant operators-reveal the power of personal transformation. This collaborative project, between the Vermont Folklife Center and The BCA Center, combines Lovett's photography with audio interviews of past performers at the Rainbow Cattle Co.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The WalkOver Gallery has the unique opportunity of showing a series of paper works and drawings by the late Geri Taper. These works will be presented alongside recent paintings by her son, Ronald Braunstein, the orchestral conductor and painter.
This show, entitled Portraits, presents two artists, mother and son, and is not to be missed. It is a rare opportunity to view Taper's work locally and to view Braunstein's new artistic directions.
The Portraits show will run from December 10, 2011- January 13, 2012. There will be an opening on Saturday December 10, 2011 from 5-8pm. The WalkOver is open Monday to Friday 9-4 or by appointment (802) 453-3188.
Geri Taper's work is a passionate amalgamation of line and tone. Displayed will be a series of moody, inky self portraits and a series of playful "Paul Klee-esque" watercolors. The works are intimate and captivating. Taper has been collected by such greats as Alice Tully and Agnes Gund. Approximately 50 of her large "Red and Blue" series were collected by the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Art. Ms.Taper painted in New York during the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s she suffered several hospitalizations due to bipolar illness that slowed her otherwise illustrious and productive career.
Ronald Braunstein, Geri Taper's son is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied music composition and conducting, receiving a Bachelor of Music in conducting. Mr. Braunstein spent four years working with Maestro von Karajan in Berlin. He has conducted a huge array of orchestras and held many prestigious titles all throughout the world. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of ME2/orchestra, a classical music ensemble created for individuals with issues maintaining mental heath and those who support them.
In addition to his music career, Braunstein studied 2-and 3-dimensional design at the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, where he later taught on the Master's level. Recently, he has been using his visual intelligence to express himself in painting as a counterbalance to his experiences conducting.
The WalkOver will show several of Braunstein's large paintings created on recycled materials. His paintings speak through a language of space, rhythm, and gesture.
Images: Geri Taper, watercolor and ink on paper, 1990
Ronald Braunstein, paint on cardboard
Monday, December 5, 2011
Kari Meyer, an up-and-coming artist, presents a collection of acrylic on canvas landscapes. Her work inspires us to change our perspective by evoking the philosophies of wabi-sabi within her landscapes.
She communicates, thru visual stimuli, to reflect on our relationships of body, mind and spirit. Kari’s work will be exhibited at The Green Bean Visual Art Gallery @ Capitol Grounds from November 30th to December 31st.
Please join us during the Montpelier Art Walk on Friday, December 9th to view ‘Play of Light: Contemporary Landscapes’.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fans-of-Green-Bean-Visual-Arts-Gallery/176207625774864 or email email@example.com
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The Vermont Crafts Council announces an open registration period for Vermont visual artists interested in participating in its 2012 Open Studio Weekend, May 26 & 27. This statewide event will mark its 20th year with a celebration of the central life of the studio in the lives of working artists. During Open Studio Weekend, artists open their studios to the public for the exhibit and sale of their work.
The intent of Open Studio Weekend is to provide visitors with an experience of an authentic studio/working environment for the purpose of informing them of the added value of hand made artwork. The Vermont Studio Tour Guide containing maps and directions to studios, is available to the public in advance of the weekend, as a hardcopy map and as a pdf available from our website.
Those artists interested in more information, or for registration materials, should visit our website at http://www.vermontcrafts.com/links/open.html. The deadline for registration is January 6, 2012.
Images: Mantle Clock from Blackthorne Forge
Pottery by Becca Van Fleet Webb and Nathan Webb
Thursday, December 1, 2011
New work by Ruth Hamilton, A Walk in the Woods and Other Favored Spaces, is on exhibit at Brandon Music, both in the gallery itself, and in the Music Cafe, from now until February 29th.
An Opening Reception will be held on December 11, from 2-4 at the gallery and tea room. Works may be viewed at the Brandon Music website.
Image: Adirondacks from Orwell, oil, 36" x 12"
Thursday, December 1, 6:00 PM
Fleming Museum's Marble Court
PechaKucha Night (PKN) returns to the Fleming Museum of Art this Thursday at 6:00 PM. This edition of PKN will be hosted by Mitch Wertlieb of VPR's Morning Edition. Our featured presenters for this volume are:
Judith Chalmer, Hannah Dennison, Rob Druyff, Paul Hennige, Valerie Hind, Kate Longmaid, Hal Mayforth, Michael Nedell, John Thomas, and the UVM Community Design Studio
PechaKucha Night (PKN) is a worldwide phenomenon that began in 2003 in Tokyo. It offers the opportunity for a broad range of participants to present their projects, ideas, and passions at a fun, informal, and fast-paced gathering. Drawing its name from the Japanese word for the sound of "chit chat," PKN uses a quick and concise 20 x 20 presentation format that allows presenters to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Presenters describe their project as the images forward automatically.
Join PKN BTV for a take on our community's creative pulse! Drinks and snacks will be on hand. Learn more about PechaKucha at their international website.
The ticket price is Adults: $5, Students: $3
Self-taught artist Joan MacKenzie loves animals and bold colors—the combination prompted her to learn to paint. Since the first time she was surprised by a pika in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, she has been fascinated by them. While her husband and friend couldn’t wait to rock-climb on their trips west, Joan says, “I looked forward to patiently pika watching.” In painting pikas, Joan has had to exaggerate the colors in their natural habitat to satisfy her own color passion—greys, browns, greens become reds, purples, and turquoises. The world of Joan’s pikas, and their friends, is partly real and partly a product of her colorful imagination.
Over the years, Joan has spent many happy hours photographing pikas in their mountain homes, moose in the woods near her home, zebras and giraffes at the zoo, and horses in the Italian mountains. Back at home, she captures their personalities in acrylic paints. Bright colors are used in unusual ways to jazz up the animals or to enhance their habitats.
Native Vermonter Tausha Sylver is also self-taught in her craft, saying “once I had been exposed to embossed velvet, I couldn’t help but try it myself, and now I can’t stop!” She started working with velvet about ten years ago and has been constantly developing her technique and designs ever since, including designing some of her own stamps which are then crafted by a friend. The luxurious look, texture and feel of velvet is hard to resist, and the contrast of the embossed designs catching the light makes these pieces particularly magical. “It’s so luxurious, it’s just impossible to not want to feel it once you see it!” Tausha offers. “In fact, the number one initial comment I hear when people stop by my booth at a show is ‘I just want to touch them all!’ And of course, I tell them to go right ahead.”
The embossing is achieved by using heat and rubber or polymer stamps, and also, Tausha relates, “a lot of patience (and trial and error!).”
The exhibit will be on view in the Gallery through Friday December 31st. Art on Main is open Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm, Thursdays and Fridays in December -8pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm. Art on Main is a non-profit, artist-cooperative gallery with over 115 member artists from throughout Vermont; celebrating ten years this holiday season!
Dostie Bros. Frame Shop & Art Gallery present The Decembering Tide: Drawings and Paintings of Mysterious Pedigree by the duo Franglais! The exhibition runs Dec 2-31, 2011.
There will be an Artist's Reception at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop & Art Gallery in the Historic Kilburn & Gates Building at 308 Pine St. in Burlington during the First Friday Artwalk on December 2 from 5-8pm featuring Hot Cider and Cookies! This reception is free and open to the public.
Regular gallery hours are Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Regular Gallery Hours Mon-fri 10am-6pm.
Image: The Winter Painting
The Drawing Board in Montpelier, locally-owned and operated by Ray and Jody Brown since January of 1983, started the next chapter in its long history in October of 2011, when Liz Walsh, the art materials manager and buyer, became a co-owner The Drawing Board.
Ray Brown has retired from the business and is pursuing his love of painting, though he stops in to visit with customers and to pick up supplies. Jody, an expert in archival framing, still works full time, managing the business and framing. Jody and Liz will continue The Drawing Board’s tradition as one of the best independent, locally-owned art shops in Vermont.
Gowry Savoor writes: The time is nearly upon us for the second annual River of Light Lantern Parade in Waterbury, taking place this Saturday December 3rd 2011, 5pm to 6pm.
This year's event will be bigger and brighter than before, featuring Burlington’s 20-person street samba band, Sambatucada in the lead and amazing lantern creations made by the students from Thatcher Brook Primary School, Crossett Brook Middle School, artists from Central Vermont and community members from Waterbury, Stowe and Montpelier. There will be some spectacular structures on show, including "Smog" a 16ft willow and paper dragon and a few more surprises.
The parade will leave the Vermont State Complex on Main Street at 5pm, and will make its way up Main Street, down Stowe Street and across Railroad Street, ending at Rusty Parker Park for the Waterbury Rotary’s annual Tree Lighting.
This event is absolutely free to attend. Please show your support and join us in celebrating the season with an evening of light, music, creative arts and community spirit.
For more information, please visit our blog at: www.ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com
We hope to see you there!
This video is about a FABULOUS project that Kim and Bill Darling did with about fifty of their students, who were later joined by many more. The video shows the process used by St. Johnsbury Academy Anatomy and Figure Drawing and Printmaking 1 Students to create over 40 4' x 8' "Day of the Dead" woodblock prints, using a steamroller as a press. Bill Darling, Printmaking Instructor at St. Johnsbury Academy, directed the project, and Kim Darling, Anatomy and figure Drawing Instructor, was assistant director.It also shows the parade, on November 10, 2011, in which these prints, as well as other works by Academy Fine Arts students, were displayed to the town. Various other Academy clubs and groups also participated, and the St. Johnsbury Academy Jazz Band provided music.