Monday, September 3, 2012

GREENSBORO: Master Artists Carolyn Guest and Carolyn Buttolph present Live Demonstrations

Saturday & Sunday Sampler: Live Art Demonstrations
Miller’s Thumb Gallery

Greensboro, VT
September 8 and 9 
11am to 3pm

Wool and paper come to life in the hands of master artists Carolyn Guest and Carolyn Buttolph.  Visitors to the Miller’s Thumb in Greensboro can see the magic each artist creates with scissors and fiber during Sampler Demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Carolyn Guest demonstrating
Star Rug, by Carolyn Buttolph
 On Saturday, September 8, Carolyn Guest shares her love of the Polish folk art Wycinanki (pronounced vee-chee-non-kee) which is the art of paper cutting. Using sheep-shears in honor of the Polish Women who taught her, Guest cuts intricate designs in paper depicting Vermont farm life and other folk art images. Guest, one of five Vermont artists selected to make an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree in 2002, will also cut silhouettes for visitors to the Miller’s Thumb (Call 802-533-2045 to make a reservation. Cost is $20).

Carolyn Buttolph uses recycled wool fabrics in her hooked rugs as much as possible, inspired by the deeply ingrained wisdom of “use it up, wear it out.”  Just as early Vermont homemakers brought comfort and beauty into their abodes with hooked rugs, Buttolph designs lush, colorful rugs inspired by everyday objects and patterns in nature.  She will share her passion and techniques for this traditional New England craft on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Miller’s Thumb. If you are inspired to try rug hooking for yourself, you can pick up one of her rug kits for sale at the gallery.

Miller’s Thumb Gallery
Open daily in September, 11am-4pm
14 Breezy Avenue

Greensboro, VT
Contact: (802) 533-2045

The Miller’s Thumb Gallery features two floors of fine art, fashion and contemporary craft by over 100 Vermont artists in a historic grist mill by Caspian Lake.