Monday, February 28, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Habitat for Artists Project Residency

Helen Day Art Center invites submissions for the Habitat for Artists project residency. From July 15th to September 25th, three 6’ x 6’ x 8’ constructions will be built and placed in Stowe, Morrisville, and Waitsfield, Vermont. Over the course of the residency, artists will inhabit these buildings, making their own work in the public realm, thus allowing for discussion with passersby. Artists have the opportunity to work with partnering organizations: River Arts, in Morrisville; Yestermorrow and Vermont Festival of the Arts, in Waitsfield; and Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe. Please visit for more detailed information and to explore the history of the project. Contact curator Rachel Moore with questions at

HFA is a collective project that uses the idea of the artist’s studio as a catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and communities.

Press Release: Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, St Johnsbury

Feathers and Fur, Birds and Beasts

Animals we live among, some wild and some domestic, will be the subjects of an exhibition hosted by the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild from March 5 through April 23. Elinor Osborn's photographs of birds and ValeriaSarephena Elliott's photographic portraits of farm animals will enliven the walls, while in the center of the Backroom Gallery will hang ceramic bird houses by Abby Dreyer.

The public is cordially invited to meet the artists at a reception at the Guild on Saturday, March 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Abby Dreyer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and studied wood working, furniture design, metal smithing and jewelry making. But it was not until January 2006 that she enrolled in a wheel throwing class and "discovered the wonders of clay." She says, "There has been nothing on my mind or in my hands since." She designs and builds one-of-a-kind birdhouses to be actual nesting boxes for various species of cavity nesting birds. The depth/width of the house as well as the diameter of the entrance hole is different for each species.

Valeria Sarephina Elliott's photography (see right) has always been inspired by nature.Her latest project has been photographing farm animals in local barnyards. She says, "With patience, the animals grow accustomed to my presence, and allow a glimpse of their personalities. I strive to reveal the emotions of the individual, always attempting to capture the spirit of the moment and my subject. "

She has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, in New York, and says that her principal mentor is Phillip Geftner, Page One Photo Editor of the New York Times. Her work has been shown in many galleries in New York and Vermont.

Although award-winning photographer Elinor Osborn (left) enjoys photographing a variety of subjects in nature, the images in this exhibition will be of birds. In her book "Project UltraSwan" she follows the story of the trumpeter swan migration project in which scientists use ultralight aircraft to teach young swans the migration route. . Her photographs have been published in many books and magazines.

The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is located at 430 Railroad St. in St. Johnsbury and is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Telephone: 802-748-0158. Web address:

PRESS RELEASE: Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams at O'Maddi's Deli and Cafe in Northfield

A Touch of Green

Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams will be the featured artist for the month of March at O'Maddi's Deli and Cafe in Northfield. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the hoped-for coming of Spring, and the green walls of O'Maddi's, each of the artworks will have a little or a lot of green. Birds, blossoms and Vermont landscapes will be subjects of the oils and watercolors on display from March 1 - 31. O'Maddi's is located in the Mayo Building, 7 South Main Street in Northfield. Call 802-485-4700 for more information.

Image: Hidden Glade, oil, Ravenhorst-Adams

PRESS RELEASE: Elise Andréa talk in Craftsbury

Elise Andréa
Friday, March 4
6:30-7:30 pm

Elise Andréa of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont shows examples of her work and speaks about her life as an artist at The Art House Gallery at 1146 North Craftsbury Road in Craftsbury Common. Elise’s work has been included in many Vermont exhibitions, awarded numerous distinctions and are now in collections around the world. A long-time organic gardener, she traveled to New Zealand in 2006 to work on an organic sheep and cattle station, studying sheep to be able to paint them accurately. Her paintings won awards in New Zealand.

Elise's watercolors are currently on exhibit at the Brown Library at Sterling College.

Image: A Lemon Study by Elise Andréa

PRESS RELEASE: Grafton Valley Arts Guild Inaugural Showcase in Grafton

Who: Grafton Valley Arts Guild, a nonprofit art’s cooperative
What: Inaugural Showcase featuring: Campion Tillbrook, Jason Ballard and Cobb Hill
Where: Phelps Barn, The Old Tavern At Grafton
When: Sunday March 20th, 2011 4-7 pm

The newly organized Grafton Valley Arts Guild, a non profit marketing cooperative supporting the arts within the village of Grafton and surrounding communities is pleased to announce its inaugural event: Sustaining The Arts, Sustaining Communities.

The event will take place Sunday March 20th from 4-7 pm at The Old Tavern At Grafton’s Phelps Barn.

The guild will be featuring the architectural collage works of Campion Tillbrook, which is reminiscent of art deco design and the elegant wood sculpture and furniture of Jason Ballard of My Minds Design in a one night only show.

Also featured will be the award winning Ascutney Mountain cheese from Cobb Hill, one of the most successful intentional communities in the United States. There will be a screening of a short film about Cobb Hill’s focus on sustainability by Vermont Public Television called Re-Generation at 5:30 pm.

The guilds president Adam Howard will make a few brief remarks, followed by a meet and greet with guild members as well as an opportunity to make application and view the guild’s new gallery space, scheduled to open in April, directly across from the Old Tavern At Grafton.

For further information on this unique inaugural event and the Grafton Valley Arts Guild, please contact Adam Howard President or Bryce LeVan Cushing, Treasurer at 802-843-1162.

PRESS RELEASE: Lydia Littwin at Davis Studio Gallery in Burlington

Seasonal Palette

Lydia Littwin's oil paintings are on exhibit at Davis Studio Gallery, 404 Pine Street. There will be an opening reception during First Friday Art Walk, 6 – 8 p.m.

Littwin says, "I believe the greatest joys and challenges of living in New England are the seasons. I am inspired to capture the essence of a season in each of my paintings: the brilliant colors found in Farmer's Market produce, the indescribable shades of blue after a coastal storm, the familiar expanse of a snow-covered corn field. I work mainly in oil paint, and find comfort in the infinite range of colors."

Image: Ocean

Press Release: Karen Dawson at Barnes+Noble, S. Burlington

Vermont and Away-- Paintings by Karen Dawson

Artworks address the theme of seeing the forest for the trees… what is far away is also very close. Painting, as much as any other activity, is a search and a struggle; I hope this is conveyed in all of my work.

When: February 27 thru March 26, 2011

Reception: Saturday March 5, 3-5pm.

Where: Barnes and Noble Café Gallery

102 Dorset Street

S. Burlington, VT 05403

(802) 864-8001

For more information about the artist and her work, please contact Karen Dawson 802-865-1208. Lakeside Gallery and Art Studio, 58 Wright Ave. Burlington, Vermont. Gallery visits by appointment.

More work available at

Image: Carrying Baskets-- acrylic on paper, framed 20” x 26,” $500

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: High School Art Competition will take place in Montpelier

Congressman Welch will host the 30th annual Congressional Art Competition on May 9, 2011 at the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, VT. Founded by former Senator Jim Jeffords in 1981, the competition is a unique forum for Vermont’s high school artists to showcase their talent and abilities. The winning piece of artwork from Vermont will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Teachers can download the 2011 Congressional Art Competition Rules and the Registration at Rep. Welch’s website. Art Competition Ceremony details to come. If you have any questions please contact Victoria Jones at (888) 605-7270 or victoria.jones at

Image: The 2010 winning piece: Milking Time by Holly Greenleaf, St. Johnsbury Academy

Monday, February 21, 2011

Call to Artists: Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans

Calling All Artists!

Please bring your work to show us on:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

in Conference Room # 1

at Northwestern Medical Center

133 Fairfield St.

St. Albans, VT

The founder and the administrator of the Susan Sebastian Foundation will

be on site to purchase local art, which they will then donate to NMC for

patient rooms.

· Bring 3 to 5 pieces of your work.

· Each piece should have a hanging tag attached to the back of the

piece with the artist’s name, title of the work, and price of the art


· Plan to stay with your work, if possible.

· The art work should be no smaller than (approximately) 16 inches

by 20 inches, and no larger than (approximately) 24 inches by 30 inches,

when framed.

· Frames are not necessary, however.

· Themes should have a therapeutic nature and be a healing

influence, as well as be pleasing to the eye.

· Room will be open starting at 1 p.m.

· To reserve a space, call Dolly MacNeil before March 4 at 524-1055.

Karen Day-Vath

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Press Release: Works by Karen Dawson, Muddy Waters, Burlington

The Background Music: Exhibition by Karen Dawson.

Paintings and drawings by Karen Dawson address the theme Always Already: sometimes music, sometimes noise, sometimes sunk in so deep that one can only point to it. Whether it is literally the song sung in one’s head, diegetic or non-diegetic music in the film, conversation or white noise, we are immersed always, but sound editors rarely.

There must be a way that we can choose the channel and mode by which this background music is apprehended, thereby creating our own rhythmic patterns and our own dance. The works in this show were selected because each addresses the idea that all dimensions exist in all things.

When: February 14 thru March 14
Where: Muddy Waters

184 Main Street Burlington, VT
(802) 658-0466


Soundwalk -- pencil, pen and ink on paper, approximately 6” x 8 "

Dancers and Utility Lines – oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Saturday, February 19, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Portraits in Writing at Chandler Gallery in Randolph

Randolph's Chandler Gallery Welcomes the Hale Street Gang

The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing comes home to Randolph on February 26, when the Chandler Gallery pairs the touring exhibit with a retrospective by Bethel artist D'Ann Calhoun Fago. Portraits in Writing features the work of Braintree photographer Jack Rowell and twelve members of the Greater Randolph Senior Center who have been writing down their life stories with the help of project leader Sara Tucker.

Rowell's larger-than-life black-and-white portraits of the memoirists are the focal point of Portraits in Writing, which incorporates audio of the writers reading from their works-in-progress. The project began when Rowell attended a public reading at the Greater Randolph Senior Center in the fall of 2009. Impressed with the energy and experiences of the writers, who are all in their eighties and nineties, he later set up a four-day photo shoot and approached Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center, who recorded the writers' voices. The multimedia exhibit debuted last fall at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury and moved to the Statehouse in January.

"The community has really rallied around this project," says Tucker, noting that much of the funding came from individual supporters with connections to the Randolph area. An initial grant from the Lamson Howell Foundation was followed by an online fund-raising campaign that enabled friends and family members around the country to make contributions of $10 or more via The Corner Frame Shop in Randolph donated its services, and a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation enabled the publishing of an anthology, The Hale Street Gang: In Cahoots, as well as the series of free workshops and readings that will take place in Chandler's upper gallery on three different weekends in March.

The twelve five-minute memoirs reflect the experiences of an eclectic group. Margaret Egerton, who finished writing down her life story shortly before she died at the age of 99, remembered the fear she felt as a child in wartime England; Loraine Chase's reading recalls how her hardworking parents weathered the Depression; Mary Hutchinson tells about growing up in a household that included two very different grandmothers. D'Ann Calhoun Fago was a twenty-year-old graduate of the University of Kentucky when she was hired to teach art in Jackson, a hardscrabble Kentucky mining town known for its outstanding homicide rate; her memoir "Feudin' Country" recalls that formative experience in her development as an artist.

The retrospective of Fago's work that shares the Chandler exhibit space was curated by Paul Gruhler for the Governor's Office last fall. Fago has figured prominently in the cultural life of Vermont for over 40 years. Though best known as the longtime director of Vermont's Arts and Crafts Service during the 1960s and '70s, her life in the arts began in her native state of Kentucky and moved on to North Carolina, Georgia, New York City and eventually Vermont. In traversing the arc of her artistic journey, Fago has employed a broad range of media in a wide range of styles. Watercolors, charcoal and pencil drawings, and works in other media explore the natural and human worlds. Fago's interest in people is particularly striking. She grew up identifying with society's marginalized people, and for over 75 years her prolific output has returned to that inspiration. Marilyn Neagley, a friend who worked with Fago in the 1970s to preserve Shelburne Farms, notes that she "quietly supported the work of the younger generation, not only through her own commitment to the arts, but also through her deep sense of social justice. With elegance and a marvelous sense of humor, she humbly helped to provide a container in which their work and ideas could grow."

The dual exhibit opens February 26 and runs until March 27. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The following gallery events are all free and open to the public. To register for the memoir-writing workshop, email or call 802-236-9609.

March 12: Reading/authors’ talk: Members of the Hale Street Gang read from and talk about their work. At 2 p.m.

March 19: The 10-Minute Memoir: A writing workshop with project leader Sara Tucker. From 10 a.m. to noon.

March 26: Reading and book-signing: Our House in Arusha, by Sara Tucker. A behind-the-scenes look at the writing of a family memoir. At 2 p.m.

Exhibit hours: Thursday 4–6 pm; Friday through Sunday, 12–5 pm; and by appointment

Image: Margaret, photograph by Jack Rowell

PRESS RELEASE: Melissa S Armstrong at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson

Science is Fiction:
New Work by Melissa S Armstrong

Gallery II, Vermont Studio Center
March 10 – April 8, 2011
Opening Reception: March 10, 7:30pm

Staff-artist Melissa S Armstrong will present her final solo show at the Vermont Studio Center, March 10 – April 8, 2011. The show will serve as a retrospective of her year-long staff-artist residency, showcasing a variety of works made almost entirely of sugar and candy. These works have been the focus of a year of intensive study and exploration into growth and decay through the medium of sugar. All objects in the show have been completed since she arrived in Vermont in February of 2010 to work as the Graphic Design and Communications Coordinator for the Studio Center.

Melissa S Armstrong was born at the foot of the Rockies and raised in the mountains of Appalachia, where the geologic grandeur and history of both locations led to an interest in the sciences, especially Earth Science and Biology. Upon completion of her BFA in Industrial Design, she refocused her energies on installation and sculpture, with a formative show at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. She has continued to show in Boston and Providence, and most recently was invited to participate in a show in the DMZ in Korea. After the completion of her staff-artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, she will travel to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where she has received a NEA grant for a 5-week residency to continue her work in rock candy and sugar growth.

Image: Dura Mater, 2010, sugar, lace-knit cotton, leather, 5'9

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Press Release: Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams at City Center, Montpelier

The Art Resource Association presents the work of artist Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams of Northfield. An exhibit of 40 watercolors and oil paintings depicting scenes of nature, flowers and the Vermont landscape will hang in the City Center in Montpelier from now until March 5th. The artist teaches watercolor classes at Studio Place Arts in Barre. The City Center is located at 89 Main Street, Montpelier.

Monday, February 14, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Care Canvas in Montpelier

After potentially $44 million in Human Services state budget cuts, how will we care for our most vulnerable Vermonters?

REACH Care Bank & The City of Montpelier are sponsoring a Care Canvas Art Sale inspired by the theme "Who Cares?"

REACH Care Bank has 125 small 4"x4" canvases to give out to individuals who are inspired to create a work in any medium to donate to the cause. Works may be displayed, reproduced, and used by the Care Bank as cards, magnets, posters, bookmarks, etc. to raise funds for the support of REACH, a grassroots health and wellness network of volunteers using time as currency.

Similar to Time Banking, Care Banking is an innovative way to support people who want to stay living at home, who need basic support services, and are also willing to give back to the network for each hour of service they receive. More and more neighbors who haven't met yet are learning how to care for each other, and joining the Care Bank, which gives structure to this natural process.

Consider the following for inspiration:

Who cares for you?
Who or what do you care about?
What does "caring for someone" look like? Feel like?
How do you show you care?
How do you know you're cared about?

Free canvases are available at REACH Care Bank, on 138 Main St. Suite 6 in downtown Montpelier (in the red brick Victorian directly across from Trinity Church). Canvases may also be mailed to interested parties.

Canvases are due back to REACH by March 15th. Look for them on sale during the Green Mountain Film Festival! Members of the Care Bank who participate may earn a free ticket to the Festival!

Open Art Studio Session this Thursday 5-7pm at REACH -- canvases & supplies available for all to come and create.

For more information, please contact Rachael Rice:, 802-229-4427 (cell), 802-262-6043 (office).

For more about REACH Care Bank, please visit our website:

Thank you!

PRESS RELEASE: Fran Bull's "In Flanders Fields" at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College

In Flanders Fields: a meditation on War, a touring installation by artist Fran Bull, will be on exhibit at the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton State College from February 28th through April 1, 2011.

There will be an opening reception and gallery talk on March 10 from 3 to 6 pm.

Brandon-based artist Fran Bull’s installation In Flanders Fields was last seen in its initial stages at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland in 2009, and most recently in Chicago. The work, an integrated installation of printmaking, sculpture, poetry and music is, according to Bull, “both a symposium and a meditation on War. The piece, which I’ve been working on for several years now, is my artist’s “silent scream” in response to all War. I have created an aesthetic and meditative environment in which viewers are led to contemplate the nature of War as it weaves through human history. My hope is that viewers will be inspired to examine afresh the paradigm of War as a response to conflict.

In Flanders Fields was named for the famous poem, by the same title, written in WWI on the battlefields of Flanders by Canadian doctor and poet Lieutenant Colonel John McCrea.

On Tuesday, March 29th, there will be a live musical performance by pianist Tanya Gabrielian and colleagues from the Julliard School of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time as an integral part of the installation. The public is invited both to attend the opening reception on March 10 and the performance on March 29. The time for the performance will be announced at a later date.

And Now...the Women, Plexiglas etching on Arches etching paper, Paper: 68 1/2" x 48 ½", Plate: 59" x 38 3/4", Printed at Taller 46, Virgili Barbarà, master printer, Barcelona 2010

Larks Ascending, gray variation, iron plate etching with chine colle on Arches etching paper, Paper: 69" x 48 3/4", Plate: 58 3/4" x 39", Printed at Taller 46, Virgili Barbarà, master printer, Barcelona 2010

CALL TO ARTISTS: Last Supper Exhibition in Burlington

April 1, 2011 to April 30, 2011

The Green Candle Theatre Company and The Bubba Foundation are seeking 30 to 50 artists to participate in The Second to Last Supper Exhibition. This exhibition is accepting one submission per artist to be exhibited from April 1, 2011 until April 30, 2011. A reception is scheduled to be hosted on Good Friday, 2011 (April 22) from 7pm until Midnight and will feature live music as well as food and a variety of Last Supper oriented performances and activities.

Artists interested in submitting to this exhibition will receive a CD containing an image file of a paint-by-numbers version of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Artists are free to use this file any way they deem necessary. Some may choose to render the painting as presented in the file and others may choose to focus on only a detail of the composition while others might abstract from the image all together. Artists are free to interpret The Last Supper as they see fit. Submissions can be in any 2-D medium, but should not exceed 30” x 40” in size and must be ready to hang.

We are asking artists to commit by the ides of March (that’s March 15...) and when they do we will communicate an intake date and time for them individually.The Second to Last Supper Exhibition is a benefit for the Green Candle Theatre Company and The Bubba Foundation. Any piece sold during the exhibition dates will pay out 15% to Green Candle, 15% to Bubba and 70% to the artist. Because this exhibition is a benefit we are asking participating artists to cap their prices at $500.00.

If you are interested in this exhibition, or would like more information, please contact:
Dostie: 802.310.3211,
Diane Sullivan: 802.318.2438,

Sunday, February 13, 2011

REVIEW: Marc Awodey at Dibden Center for the Arts at Johnson State College in Johnson

Painting the Ideal:
The Art of Marc Awodey

By Davis Koier

"I paint pictures- there's no overarching conceptual basis to what I do. I'm not versatile enough to paint any way other than how I paint."

So begins painter and part-time Johnson State College faculty member and alumnus Marc Awodey's artist's statement on the 40 acrylic and oil paintings that line the wall of the Dibden Center for the Arts.

"Awodey's clear-minded tactics have the ability to hold a viewer's attention and allow several relationships to mingle within a single canvas," said Dibden Director Leila Bandar in her curatorial notes on the exhibit.

The paintings focus on mood rather than technicalities. Human figures are intentionally ill defined with only smudges to indicate eyes, nose and mouth. Instead, Awodey uses rich colors and luxuriant textures to capture the viewer.

"Narrative content is the least interesting part of a painting to me," Awodey said. "The anatomy of the picture is always more important than the anatomy of the subject. My figures are usually gestural rather than specifically detailed. Lines and brushwork are also gestural rather than polished. Colors are layered and juxtaposed rather than directly blended."

One of the pieces that perfectly displays this focus on sensation rather than observation is "Meat Triptych," where great globs of luscious reds and browns are used to display hunk after glorious hunk of meat. The shapes of the meat are highly simplistic, in some cases resembling ovals more than ribs or loins, but the almost palpable textures Awodey's brush gives them, along with their warm colors, make the subject evident.

"These paintings record a dialogue between painter and paint. Each brush stroke represents a decision on the canvas," said Dibden Director Leila Bandar in her curatorial notes. "In each painting, there is clarity, decisiveness and the articulation of one, or more, visual concepts. Awodey's respect for art history and its lineage brings Modern Masters to mind such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Munch. Yet his themes, quirks, textures and layers of color make his paintings unique to our time… Resourcefulness trumps predictability over and over again."

Many of Awodey's paintings seem to be more concerned with concepts rather than subjects. He depicts Church Street as a simple, deserted road to a church lined with featureless buildings underneath a vivid blue sky. The details of shops and other people are unimportant, only the feeling of unhurried freedom. One is reminded of Plato's Theory of Forms- that is, that the objects that surround us are merely shadowy representation of higher concepts. Anyone can draw a road, but Awodey seems to capture thoughts and sentiments rather than their base appearances.

"I develop a dialogue with the canvas and let it develop on its own terms – I don't try to impose my will on the painting," said Awodey. "I have no idea what you may see in a painting, so I try not to worry about that, and don't ask you to look at anything in a particular way. When a painting is finished, my original intent is irrelevant."

After graduating with a Bachelors of Philosophy from Grand Valley State University, Awodey came to Johnson State College in 1981, and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree as well as a Departmental Award in Studio Art. Awodey then went on to get his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1984.

Currently, Awodey teaches Drawing I at JSC, as well as painting at Burlington College. He is also a freelance art critic and has written several books of poetry. His show will run through Aug. 8, with an artist's talk and reception on March 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Dibden gallery.

Images: Exhibit view, Shooting an Elk, Woman Knitting

CALL TO ARTISTS: Plein Air Festival in Jericho

Come paint outdoors and enjoy the fellowship of other artists, both established and emerging, in a charming and visually stimulating locale. Our purpose: To Celebrate, Nurture and Enhance the Visibility of Our Art Community.

Location: The Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Rd. Jericho, VT

Date: July 23, 2011 8:00am-5:30pm Reception and Show 4:30pm-5:30pm

Registration Fees: The festival will be open to artists free of charge, but donations toward operating expenses will be appreciated. There will be no commissions taken on sales of work created during this Plein Air Festival.

General information:
We are asking for a whole day commitment from the artists. The festival will begin at 8:00am with a continental breakfast for the artists at the Gruppe Gallery. You'll have a chance to meet the other participants, select your painting locations, and plan your schedule for the day. You'll have to provide your own materials and equipment.

Please plan to end your painting day by 4:00pm and to return to the Gallery with your work for a show of the art (finished or not) created during the day. A reception for you, your guests and the public will begin at the Gallery at 4:30pm.

During the day, the general public will be invited to roam from artist to artist to watch the process of creating art. Artists of all levels and experience are encouraged to participate. You may choose to interact with the public or not, but this is a terrific opportunity to help people understand the different approaches and processes artists use as they create, and to deepen public appreciation of both art and artists. If you haven't painted en plein air already, please give it a try. There is no pressure to complete a masterpiece, just an opportunity for you to enjoy painting outdoors with a group of fellow artists and to engage the public as you work.

Please email Barbara Greene at call her at 899-2974-by March 15, 2011, if you think you'd like to participate as an artist in this exciting event. Final registration information will follow.

Look forward to seeing you at the festival! Festival Organizers Emilie G. Alexander, Barbara L. Greene, and Jane S. Morgan

Drawing by Barbara L. Greene

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Vermont Pastel Society Exhibit at T. W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center in Montpelier

Banish the Winter blues, and overcome Cabin Fever by visiting the T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center for their next exhibit courtesy of the fine Member Artists of the celebrated Vermont Pastel Society - February 15th-March 20th, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 17th from 5:00-7:00pm in the Gallery. Come meet some of these amazing artists whose work will be on exhibit and for sale to the public.

And while there, don't miss a newly refreshed exhibit of work by our founder, Thomas Waterman Wood, in the appropriately named Wood Room. And with this first full show of 2011, we celebrate the return of our unique retail outlet, The Wood Shop, in our south gallery, featuring fine art and crafts created by artists throughout Vermont.

This Exhibition is sponsored in part by Vermont College of Fine Arts

T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center
College Hall-Vermont College Campus
36 College Street - Montpelier Vermont
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon - 4:00pm; Handicapped Accessible
Call (802) 828-8743 or visit for more information

Image: - Provence Lavender by Joyce Kahn, 2010

Monday, February 7, 2011

Press Release: Idoline Duke and Gowri Savoor at HDAC, Stowe

Helen Day Art Center is pleased to present a two person exhibition tied together by form, content and the artists’ shared passion for the natural world.

Idoline Duke

Idoline Duke is an artist inspired by the ocean and water in general whose work reflects the longing and tension of a landlocked soul.

After practicing art intermittently for more than twenty years -punctuated by raising a family, a professional career in landscape design, and three years as a curator- Duke returned to the studio in force in the summer of 2009. Working primarily in watercolor and mixed media on paper, her subject matter ranges from specimen studies of ocean creatures to stunning abstractions driven by her love of water and sky.
A few of her pieces display her awareness of the impending environmental debacle, her work is more celebration than editorial news when it comes to 70% of the planet. Engulfing blues, earthy oranges, and cool grays flood her abstract work. As a viewer, you have taken the plunge into the deep and are looking up through liquid layers of glory at the light above.

Gowri Savoor

Gowri Savoor works in many media including pen and ink on paper, but her most tactile work is sculptural and made from organic materials found in the extensive rural landscape of Vermont. Like the materials she uses, the artwork is so delicate that it threatens to disappear at the slightest touch, an analogy, certainly, for the frailty of the natural worldunder our hands.

Savoor’s materials become the vocabulary of her work: browns, greens, blacks and other organic tones predominate, her brush strokes are the size and length determined by the seeds, needles, nuts and cones she has gathered, while her designs seem mapped by natural forms: circles, bulges, wandering lines, shells, clumps and nets describe these shapes. The viewer’s urge to touch is almost irrepressible. In her process of concept, collection, creation and exhibition, she employs the knowledge of a scientist. She notes, as an example, that the black locust seeds sewn together to make the paths in “Destroyer” are deadly poison if eaten, but relatively harmless when handled.

Her subtle work is seductive in form and appears innocent. Savoor’s intense concern for our future and that of the planet is evident in the tension between the size of her works and the tissue-thin materials from which they are made. This realization can take the viewer time to encounter and may only be reached days later as the after-image of her work tingles in your fingertips.
Idoline Duke lives in Stowe, VT
Gowri Savoor lives in Montpelier, VT

Friday, February 4, 2011

REVIEW: Bill Long and Kaori Hamura at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro

The Art of Bill Long and Kaori Hamura

By Jamis Lott

Modern art has reached the point where the need for a new movement and style is long overdue. One particular style that is becoming more accepted in galleries and has gained popularity, especially with the younger crowds, is illustrative and “cartoony” compositions. A pair of artists that base their style in such arts is Bill Long and Kaori Hamura. Both work in animation, production design, web design, character design, poster and CD jacket design and, hopefully very soon, illustration for children’s books. Their styles also have no trouble being displayed in the gallery setting, as is evident from their work on display in Brattleboro’s Gallery in the Woods.

Over the numerous years that Bill Long has exhibited in Brattleboro, he has stayed faithful to the content of his work and has found no need for improvement. His paintings always have at least one occupant. One of Bill Long’s series consists of an array of fictional birds roosting and soaring, but the majority of his paintings feature a race of people colored in highly saturated purple or green. Lanky limbed and bulbous headed, these characters go about their lives- they boil violet crabs for dinner, peek out of bubbly baths, haul baskets of fruit, play guitar, and pause as though they are seeing what the viewer sees and are contemplating their own realities. These characters also seem to function as hosts for the viewers and invite us into the rest of the painting.

Always in one point perspective, the paintings take place in cupolas, barn lofts, birdhouses, and seaside restaurants. These abodes are detailed with props and furnishings that add hominess to each setting. An opening centered in the middle of each composition reveals a cutesy world beyond the room the viewer starts from. Through the window, porthole, or gap, the view expands into spacious sky, ocean, and countryside. Each painting gives off the sense of a world within that is as boundless as our own.

The scenes are soaked in high saturation and the chosen layout of colors results in an overdose of visual stimulation. Dark red hair flows down a girl’s light green skin, and a soft pink sky is the background for a cluster of trees with deep violet foliage. As these examples show, opposites in hue and value have no trouble sharing borders. The application of paint is soft and hazy and adds to the dreamy nature of the work. Bill Long ends up crafting a place that involves viewers, as well as invites them to enter a reality as alluring as a dream.

Kaori Hamura has the same devotion to creating animated and charming visuals as Bill Long does, except with a different approach. Hamura’s displayed work, a collection of illustrations from her still-to-be published book Dream Seasons, is designed with the new-aged Japanese style of cutsey creatures with stubby statures and puppy dog eyes. Her work also exhibits visual kinetic energy that makes for a compelling composition.

Dream Seasons follows the travels of a little girl in a purple and plaid pull-over, and her collection of friends including a couple of beady-eyed bunnies, designed with the same simple structure and consistency as a Sunday comic character. Like the series’ title implies, Hamura’s “Dream Seasons” is fashioned from the experience one could have while venturing through a shifting dreamscape.

The surroundings in the story change dramatically, from calm blue skies and winding rivers, to raging tidal waves and downpours that act as the antagonist within the story. The colors are softer in tone and much less vivid than Bill Long’s palette. The environments are the dominant details in the series, dwarfing the little girl and her bunny friends, with dynamic use of color, shape and current. Thick outlines encompass every character, ensuring that no figure is lost within the epic backdrop. When applied to objects like mountains, waves and stars, the outlines turn these elements into unmistakable icons. Contorted tree trunks, overly winding roads and mountains that mimic Hiroshige’s “Mt. Fuji” make for imagery that is very easy to remember. The flow of the landscapes is consistent, as when mountaintops and trees mimic the fluffy clouds they ascend up to, and when bubbles floating in the sky pick up where bubbling waves leave off. Throughout each piece and each feature within, there is bonding and pulling, friction and coming together. With the use of an overly jagged wave, or a sky and field whose textures seem conjoined, Hamura makes obvious the disposition and energy of the world that she has created.

To see other creations by Kaori Hamura and Bill Long, visit their web site at

Images (Photos by Jamis Lott): Top, Bill Long, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40", 1999 Bottom, Kaori Hamura, Tomorrow's Sunset -- Girl on Swing, Pencil and acrylic on wood, 6 x 12", 2007-2008

Thursday, February 3, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Marc Awodey in the Dibden Wings at Johnson State College in Johnson

MARC AWODEY: PAINTINGS at Johnson State College

40 paintings span both sides of the Dibden Building. Each painting contains hundreds of brush strokes representing numerous decision on the canvas. Texture and color pull the viewer in. Awodey's quirky color relationships tend to "pop" imagery from the canvas while textures give richness to each layer of these acrylic-and-oil-on-canvas paintings. One example of this is "Elephant" a lovely, moody painting in which ruby-red lines cut across the green textures behind a melancholy elephant. In other paintings, background colors differ from the objects depicted within them. Clarity, decisiveness, and the articulation of one, or more, visual concepts present themselves openly and without fuss. "Man in the Woods" explores the relationship between a man walking away from a virtual woods with an orange-fire-glow between the trees. It looks like a psychological landscape, implying dashed dreams or a wilderness of confusion in which the man's suit is perhaps the only symbol of the life he used to lead.

Awodey's respect for art history brings Modern Masters to mind

such as Matisse, Van Gogh, and Munch. Yet his figurative themes make his paintings unique to our time. His clear-minded tactics have the ability to hold a viewer's attention and allow several relationships to mingle within a single canvas. "Church St." is perhaps the clearest articulation of a painting focusing on "feeling" rather than "illustration" - in "Church St" Awodey captures the feeling of being a care-free pedestrian walking on a blue-sky day up Church St, high-way of life. Blue textured sky offers an atmosphere of openness. The street is black with a decisive white line down the center like a race track, but not for cars. Awodey taps into the dreamy-feeling of being a pedestrian and the sense of place that puts us near the shore of lake Champlain in Burlington, VT. There is no threat of cars. The church is distilled and iconic. Businesses are only buildings. This painting speaks of a connection to place without details that steal more intimate connections.

Three more paintings in the show: "Deer Hunter," "Children Playing War," and "Ape in a Cage" seem to explore the darker sides of mankind. "Deer Hunter" realize violence like a

drug. The hunter with beady orange eyes. He is tall as his kill, a deer strung up by its neck. Dark colors make th

is a subtle piece with a powerful relationship between nature and man. "Children Playing War" objectively captures the freedom and power boys strive for in fighting. Dull colors subdue the tension between the boys but swords and shields speak for themselves as symbols of defense and action. Lastly, "Ape in a Cage" is a shadowy painting with a sense of humor/irony. A man in silhouette stands in front of a cage. Perhaps like a Gary Larson cartoon frame, the man's angle in relation to the ape could be seen as if it is a mirror. The man thinks he is looking at an ape but what he is really seeing is a glimpse of himself - a metaphor for his own situation.

After earning a Bachelor of Philosophy from Grand Valley State University, Marc Awodey entered Johnson State College in January 1981. He received his BFA from Johnson in 1982, as well as the Departmental Award in Studio Art. Awodey earned an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1984. Currently, Awodey teaches Drawing I at Johnson, and painting at Burlington College. In addition to being a free lance art critic, he has published several books of poetry, and serves on the board of the Shelburne Craft School.

The "Dibden Wings Gallery" is located in the Dibden Center for the Arts on the JSC campus in Johnson. It is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday as well as during Dibden Center events. Admission is always free. For more information, contact Leila Bandar at (802)635-1469 or