Friday, September 14, 2012

MIDDLEBURY: "Autumn Leaves" at The Jackson Gallery

Casey Blanchard – Monoprints
Bruce Baker – Jewelry
Linda Durkee – Collages

Artists’ reception: Friday, September 14,  5 – 7 pm
Exhibit continues through September 30
Gallery hours: 12 noon to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and one hour before each Town Hall Theater performance.

The Jackson Gallery celebrates the season with a colorful exhibition of work by three Vermont artists who incorporate leaf imagery into their designs and compositions.

Casey Blanchard explores her experiences through the engaging and often unpredictable print medium of
Casey Blanchard - monoprint
monoprinting. Primarily a self- taught artist, she often uses leaf and floral imagery, and even leaves themselves as a printing tool. Creating a monotype or monoprint is a process using moistened paper with oil paint and/or etching inks. The artist works with a press and printing plate using an additive or subtractive method often with multiple layers of images to create an individual work. Casey often works on a theme which becomes a 10 to 15 piece collection. Each work is on archival 100% rag paper, and is one of a kind. Casey lives in Shelburne and maintains a studio in Burlington. Her artwork is found on the walls of health care facilities, private residential collections, corporate offices, the hospitality industry, on web designs and various published materials.
Bruce Baker - earrings
Bruce Baker is well known in the area for his long career as a jewelry maker, teacher, consultant to craft artists, and shop owner, as well as for his civic contributions as an advocate for the arts around Middlebury and beyond. His interest in metalsmithing began during his college days. He was awarded a M.A. from the Graduate School of Art, Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1975. Following graduation, Bruce moved to Vermont, where he maintained his own studio. The exchange of stimulating ideas and techniques with Tom Baker led to their ten year artistic collaboration as Baker and Baker, Inc. Their work sold to over 120 shops and galleries, as well as catalogues such as Horchow, Winterthur, and the Smithsonian. During this decade, they did numerous juried craft shows throughout the country. Bruce served on the board of directors for the American Craft Council for three years and was a founding member and vice chairman of the American Craft Association. Bruce returns to his creative roots with a new collection of cast silver jewelry representing leaves of many varieties in exquisite proportion and graceful form.

Linda Durkee creates colorful collages combining vibrant colors with dynamic shapes to capture landscapes and mindscapes.  Her work is built on many layers. She states that her imagery “looks to nature for the vocabulary of shapes and colors.  It seeks inspiration from the feminine for the symbolism of deepening consciousness.  It draws on the masculine for metaphors of strength.  In making art, I celebrate
Linda Durkee - collage
the power of beauty and communicate the energy of joy." Linda studied privately in Washington, DC, and continued making art while working as a journalist at The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.  in Washington, DC.  Poetry and photography are life-long pursuits.  A painter since 1980, Linda returned to her native Vermont in 2001 to be near family and to create art and write full time. From 2004-2006, she was president of the Southern Vermont Branch, National League of American Pen Women, a group devoted to professional women in arts, letters, and music.  She also created, hosted, and produced The Creative Way on community television in Rutland, VT.

The exhibition will be on display through September 30, with a reception for the artists during Middlebury’s ArtsWalk from 5 – 7 pm, Friday, September 14.

Jackson Gallery
Town Hall Theater
Middlebury, VT
(802) 382-9222