Friday, June 29, 2012

Press Release: Furchgott Sourdiffe looks at birds, Shelburne

F S Gallery (Furchgott Sourdiffe) will be exhibiting "BIRD" ,a show of work by four accomplished Vermont artists : Don Hanson, Valerie Hird, Beth Robinson, and Adelaide Tyrol. The exhibit opens with a publicreception for the artists on Friday, July 13th, 6-8 p.m. and continues through August 14th. Adelaide Tyrol is the curator for this exhibit which explores the bird kingdom through reality, myth, fantasy, and intuition.Here is how she describes the show:

“All four artists in this exhibition look well beyond the avian bird form and  deep into an exploration of how birds are part of our collective psyche. Since the beginning of time - through art, science, mythology, childhood memories, and daily life,-birds have populated our explanations of the world. The desire to imbue birds with supernatural powers is a universal one and time and time again we call on them to bridge a gap between the known and the ineffable. I like to think of each of these pieces as avatars- enigmatic beings that work in different ways to clarify and enrich our understanding of the world ”
Don Hanson is an abstract painter, printmaker and photographer. His work addresses a respectful exploration of man’s association with nature. Hanson draws much of his inspiration and images from observing the marks, textures and patinas of natural forms. Unpredictability and experimentation are integral to the work - often giving it a raw and primitive quality.
Valerie Hird is a Vermonter with creative ties to the people and countries of the Middle East and Central Asia where she has worked and traveled for 25 years. Her work explores cultural mythologies and the roles they play in Eastern and Western societies. Inspired by Farid Attar's (Persian poet 1177) 'Concourse of the Birds', she has created a new contemporary myth describing the role birds play in an on-going concept of creation.

Beth Robinson is a self-taught artist who starting making "Strange Dolls" in 2003. While she has dabbled in a variety of mediums, it was the discovery of polymer clay that allowed her to combine her interests in sculpting, painting and sewing and gave her a concrete foundation of expression in the form of "Strange Dolls". Common themes that appear in her work are: anthropomorphism, alter ego, and fantasy. As Robinson notes: “I love testing perceptions of the beautiful and sublime with my work.  Dolls represent precious things, sentimentality, innocence and I am attracted to manipulating people's natural response to the doll form by pairing it with the grotesque."

Adelaide Murphy Tyrol lives and works in Vermont and New York City Her work often explores ideas and intuitions she has about the confluence of the  natural world and the human enterprise. The sumi-e pieces on exhibit at Furchgott-Sourdiffe arose from a recent exploration of the art of falconry and the attendant theme of prey and predator.

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
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Images (top to bottom): Adelaide Tyrol, Predator sumi-e on Yupo; Beth Robinson (Strangedolls),Harold and Henrietta, mixed media; Valerie Hird Hoopee, 9 x 12 inches (image size),watercolor, gouache, ink, gold leaf on BFK paper