Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SMALL WORKS Opening Reception @ SPACE GALLERY 12/3

December 3-January 29: “Small Works” @ the SPACE GALLERY on PINE STREET, in BURLINGTON, VT.

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery will unveil the second edition of our ‘Small Works’ exhibit on Friday, December 3rd with a opening reception from 5-9 pm. Expect an array of artwork 12″ or smaller in size. Last year’s show proved influential in creating awareness of the many local talents in and around Burlington. Perfectly sized for holiday gifts.

Kristen Richland- Traffic day

...and,  you know who will be there for the opening on FRIDAY.... moi! ......and you should know i have pulled some of my favorite little pieces together to hang in the show...(six altogether, some very new... ) and you should also know that there are some fabulous local artists showing their work in this show... like KRISTIN RICHLAND... who creates whimsical and fantastical little paintings of divine creatures. ( something that i would never, in a million years be talented enough to do!)  Kristen works at Artist's Medium, which is a terrific locally owner art supply shop, here in williston. She is a tremendously giving person, who is full of joy and life. I love her point of view fantastically creative mind. Check out her work at her website... and you  should stop by on friday at the SPACE gallery to see her stuff live and in person. and say hi to me, because you know i'll be there. it is the 1st friday of the month. so that means... BURLINGTON art walk.  game on, art fans.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Queen City Craft

What are you doing this Saturday?
Me, I'll be shopping at the Queen City Craft Bazaar. Life and scheduling has gotten in the way of me selling my wares at this bi-annual craft show, but I still have a few hours on Saturday to check out some of the best indie crafters from across the state.
John Brickles

all my favorites will be there...

Happy Fantastic Designs
Strange Dolls
and about 20 other fantastic artisans and crafters!
Don't miss it.  You won't be disappointed.
2010 Holiday Queen City Craft Bazaar

Robot Dinosaurs

Saturday November 20th


Union Station at 1 Main St. Burlington VT

Free Parking (in lot next to building)

Free Admission!

Jess Graham

The Queen City Craft Bazaar - Vermont's Premiere Alternative Craft Fair is an indie craft fair showcasing unique handmade goods from local crafters, designers, and artists. Find out more about this event and many of the artists at http://queencitycraft.blogspot.com/


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Brush Strokes

There is something incredible about being able to witness the emergence of a butterfly from it's cocoon. The process is slow and full of anticipation. When the creature finally breaks free of it's shell that it is has transformed all it's cells and pure being into something complete different and awe-inspiring. Not that the caterpillar is not a beautiful thing. That stage of the insect's life is equally as important. But, I think it is the dramatic change into flight that is so compelling and remarkable to me.

I have had the unique opportunity to watch a similar transformation in a dear friend. She has pushed through huge life lessons to emerge transformed and inspired.  I have know Heather Brush since we were 15. She has always been a talented artist and writer to me.  Somehow, over the years, Circumstance obscured these parts of her being from her daily life. A few years ago, she stood at a crossroads without much of a road map and had to rely on her own sense of self, her own inner bearing to start the long road back her inner artist. She has finally arrived at her destination, emerged from the shell had created around her. And I am so proud of her achievement. She inspires me daily.

Heather lives outside Roanoke, Va with her two  kids. She was been busy the past few months creating a body of work to show in a new gallery: The Artisan Center along the Crooked Road. The gallery has yet to officially open, but yesterday, she sold her first piece! It is an amazing feeling, the first time someone hands you money for a work of art.  It's inspiring and empowering when some one recognizes your accomplishment in such a way. Congratulations Heather on your success!

Here's to bigger and better milestones!
Don't dream it, Be it!
Shake out those new wings and fly.

You can learn more about Heather and her beautiful mixed media works at: http://heathersbrushstrokes.wordpress.com/

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Art and Hours

If you missed the reception for What Remains at Seminary Arts, but you still want to see the show, don't fret. You can swing by any time it's open for classes which is:
Tues 3:30 to 8 pm 
Wed 2:30 to 5 pm
Thurs 3:00 to 8 pm 
Saturday 10 am to 2pm 
or by appointment (802) 253-8790
To be honest, I am a bit overwhelmed by the tremendous response the show has had already. It has gotten quite a bit of press and  I have sold quite a few pieces already.  I am so grateful for all the people who have helped me get to this point. I could not have done this without any of you.

Jim and I went out this past Friday to check out the Art Walk in Downtown Burlington. If you are not familiar with this. Many businesses and galleries open their doors to the public on the 1st Friday of the month to celebrate the art exhibition they are showing. The Art Map Burlington, prints a great monthly guide to exhibition in and around Burlington. They also have an informative website with links to different artists blogs/websites. I am not an art critic so I won't even attempt to judge any show. I will leave that those who are far better versed and eloquent than me. I only have my opinions and observations, so I will share those with you.

Our first stop was The SPACE gallery, to see their new show:  Make Art, Repeat. It was great to see Christy and other artists in the show at their opening reception. I'm always impressed by Ashley Roark's shadow and light work. This installation did not fail to astound  me. The work seems simple, she creates patterns with  pins, (and now large nails) in the wall, but the effect when she applies directional light is wonderful. It simply needs to be experienced to be understood,

Tarrah Krajnak
Then we headed downtown, in search of dinner and more art. Following the recommendation of a friend we saw at the SPACE gallery, we stopped at the Firehouse Gallery. We checked out two exhibits there: Homunculus and An Inch of dust.

Homunculus, by UVM professor, Steven Budingtonn is a Dali-like exploration of the human body and technology. A fantastical  interweaving of fleshy parts, i-pods, artificial hearts and cosmetic surgery. Beautiful, yet slightly gory and monstrous, his painting and drawing are surrealistic and provocative.

On the second floor we saw An Inch of Dust by Tarrah Krajnak, who also teaches at UVM. Krajnak takes archived photos and projects them onto sculptural paper pieces and then re-photographs them. The result is a distorted  image laced in mystery and memory. 
Jon Gregg

Our last stop was at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, where we saw the work of Vermont artist Jon Gregg.This show, simply titled “Recent Works on Paper”, consists of  50 works of oil pastels on paper, all untitled. His work is very moody and abstract. Landscapes, villages, horses and come into view through his scratchy silhouettes of images that look more like paintings than drawings.