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ArtFULL Vermont

September 5 - November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 12th, 5-8pm

Featuring works by: Jeremy Ayers – Ben Barlow – Torrey Carroll Smith – Melanie Considine – Wendy Copp – MaryKay Dempewolffe – Diane Gabriel – John Hodgson – Sharon Lefebvre – Marilyn Maddison – Cristina Pellechio – Frieda Post – Susan Raber Bray – John Rivers – Janet Van Fleet – Stephanie Whitney-Payne – Mim Zelis

This multi-media, group exhibit celebrates the remarkable diversity of creativity throughout Vermont with work by artists in the contemporary, artisanal, and fine art fields.

Why do we choose to reside here, play here, vacation here? Vermont is singular. It is known for its quality of life and diverse activities, but it is also known for its artists – and being surrounded by beautiful, engaging, hand-crafted works of art and the minds of those who created them, in turn add to that quality of life. Vermont attracts artists who take note and respect the smallest things around us but also think big with thought-provoking works of art. Vermonters choose not to miss out on the finer points; they transform the commonplace into the extraordinary!


Jeremy Ayers

I strive to make pottery that celebrates the joy of eating and drinking and creates a special relationship between the owner and the object. In the 21st Century, in a world of homogeneous, mass-produced products, a handmade piece of pottery in your hand is a choice that states that you want to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the moment. I make pottery to help accomplish that goal. My pottery becomes a witness and participant to the routines of your daily life. From my hands to your hands, this cup sits and waits for you and is glorified by your use of it.
Pictured: Combed bubble vase

Ben Barlow

Ben's bowls are made in Shelburne, Vermont from burls found on trees. He makes them by using a carving saw to shape the burls into bowls, and then finishes them with a sanding process that leaves it silky smooth.

Torrey Carroll Smith

Torrey's colorful acrylic paintings capture images of everyday life and routines in Vermont – from laundry hanging on a line to dishes caught in a beam of sunlight on the kitchen table.  Through her close attention to the beauty inherent in even these mundane moments, her work reminds the viewer of the joy found in being more present to the world around us.
Pictured: Clothespins 1

Melanie Considine

Melanie preserves the traditional photography methods of silver lith and platinum/palladium printing in a black and white darkroom. While many of her images are quintessential Vermont scenes, she also hand colors many of the photographs.
Pictured: Studio Window II

Wendy Copp

My current work enters into a conversation with natural materials that were once alive, the result of the cycle of the seasons; evidence of the arc of life from birth to death. The act of gathering and recycling is central to my process and connects the work to a locale, resulting in “textiles” that create snapshots of a region's vegetation and wildlife. Fashioned into articles of clothing they stand in for the human relationship to natural processes as well as symbolize the character of the unseen wearer.
Pictured: Returning to Earth

MaryKay Dempewolff & Mim Zelis

MaryKay Dempewolff and Mim Zelis formed their joint business, Red Clover… SEW Vermont! to create unique, one of a kind items. MaryKay uses her many years of costume and home decor design experience to lovingly handcraft clothing and accessories, often utilizing antique fashions, laces and fabrics.
Pictured: Copper Taffeta

After teaching for years, Mim now indulges in her first love of doll making. Working with vintage and repurposed fabrics, she has turned it into an art form all its own, reflecting her whimsical, fun and one of kind sense of humor.
Pictured: Musician III, Cheri Chantuesse, and Xavier

Diane Gabriel

I have always drawn, photographed and made things with my hands. I believe art is a visual language. While I admire formal aspects of art, it is the expressive aspect of art that most interests me. I strive to create open-ended narratives which address issues of being human in a vast, unfathomable world. My work is very intimate and personal; it is most successful when the personal becomes universal.
Pictured: Anna-Rose In My Garden

John Hodgson

Most of his life, John concentrated on three professions whose skills he has merged with his gourd artistry – lighting and interior design, wood-working and photography. His passion has always been with color and light while his early experience of creating breathtaking and distinctive wood finishes has allowed him to produce a stunning classical collection of Gourds as Fine Art. His goal is to transform an almost pagan natural beauty with originality and creativity into a unique and dynamic human companion.

Sharon Lefebvre

Sharon's love of nature has always given her much peace and pleasure, be it in her gardens, hiking through the amazing countryside of Vermont, or kayaking on its beautiful lakes and rivers. These gifts of place inspire her to describe it through her art. She has fallen in love with the delicious medium of soft pastel and with the joy of putting beautiful color and form to paper.

Marilyn Maddison

My love for photography began when I was seventeen years old. At times my camera almost seems like an appendage. Even when I am without it, my mind's eye automatically sees the world in terms of images to capture. Photographing is like a meditation for me in which everything is about the present moment of seeing and capturing. In that focusing, everything else seems to fall away. I come away from my explorations feeling renewed and lighter in spirit.
Pictured: Proud Parents

Cristina Pellechio

The process of creating art is both mysterious and familiar. Each piece unfolds according to its own plan and I often feel like I am along for the ride. Yet, my interpretation and vision of the natural world is strongly represented in each work. Through the use of repetitive patterns, lush color, and surface design, I strive to capture the detail, serenity and magnificence of the physical environments I live in.
Pictured: Onda (detail)

Frieda Post

My love for nature with its endless patterns of color and shape, and for life in general, is shown in my work in various ways—from realistic to abstract. Exploring, experimenting and problem solving, using different media and techniques, result in new and exciting contemporary approaches to my paintings.
Pictured: Joy

Susan Raber Bray

Clay is earth with the barest of refinements—dust that holds form.  I feel working with clay connects me to source. Clay is always elemental, in all shapes and firings, and I have used that rooted quality to anchor my light hearted creations of birds and goats. Both these animals have been fellow travelers in my life, spirits I've shared my home with.
Pictured: Spring Goat

John Rivers

John paints landscapes that are mindful of the mystery and elegance of nature. One is reminded of an older style of tonalist painting; a technique that emphasizes light, shadow and subtle use of color. Underlying the form of each painting, there is a sense of the spirit emerging, both graceful and earthly.
Pictured: Rememberance of Things Past

Janet Van Fleet

Here are representatives of all the things we find in the world - from rocks underfoot, wood from plant life, through to human life and its tools - that help to animate and inform life in our state. I've been interested in exploring the notion of Pairs for some years, and in these small sculptural works I am amused to observe that we have a lot in common with our tools!
Pictured: Tools

Stephanie Whitney-Payne

The detailed and accurate renderings of botanical paintings are how Stephanie reflects the small things, that are often so familiar to us, yet we no longer see their extraordinary beauty. The clarity of botanical paintings help people focus, absorb and reflect on the beautiful natural world around them.
Pictured: Narcissus

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