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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Finding a Common Thread: A Contemporary Fiber Art Show

Chandler Center for the Arts presents ‘Finding a Common Thread’ a contemporary fiber arts exhibit. 
Join us for a free opening night reception on Sept 21 from 4-6pm, with a cash bar, to meet many of the artists and purchase your favorite piece. 

(Artwork Above, left to right: Detail of Fly with Me: Shari Boraz, Leaf of Hair: Jenine Shereos, Sunset Dory: Claire Graham-Smith)

Featuring artwork by Gretchen Alexander,  Shari Boraz, Cynthia Bowler, Tarja Cockell, Rosalind Daniels, Pamela Druhen, Alisa Dworsky, Nancy Evans, Elizabeth Fram, Eve Gagnon, Marilyn Gillis, Claire Graham-Smith, Marcia Hammond, Karen Henderson, Rachel Kahn, Cheryl Miller, Dona Nazarenko, Almuth Palinkas, Ann Peck, Wen Redmond, Jenine Shereos, Dianne Shullenberger, Paulette Staats, Anne Standish, and Betsy Wing.

Exhibit Dates: September 21 - November 9, 2014
Opening Reception: 4 – 6:00 PM Sunday September 21

Workshops: October 19 & October 29

Contact: Emily Crosby, 802-431-0204,
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT 05060

Gallery Hours: Thursday, 4-6 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 pm.
Or open by appointment, by calling 802-728-9878. 
The Gallery is also open during most performances.

Workshop Info: 
Felting Workshop ‘Lava Neckpiece,’
with Nancy Evan 
Sunday October 19, 10am-3pm
Upper Gallery
Participants will learn nuno felting and shaping techniques, resulting in a completed piece of wearable art. The cost is $115 per person, which includes all of the needed materials and tools.

Crochet Workshop 'Recycled Bag'
with Mary Lou Maeder 
Wednesday October 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Upper Gallery
Participants will learn to crochet a bag from re-cycled plastic grocery bags. Students are asked to provide their own materials and tools. Participants will need 1) grocery bags with a variety of interesting colors 2) a pair of scissors and  3) a crochet hook, size I (9) or larger. The cost is $15. per person.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Confluence Art Exhibit Opening at BALE

A confluence of Japanese-style gyotaku collage, river-themed fabric art, and watercolors are featured in an exhibit by Gretchen Alexander of Jericho, and Ned Swanberg of Sharon, at BALE in South Royalton.  
(Image: 'Ghosts in CPOM' -Gyotaku fabric collage by Gretchen Alexander)
Exhibit Dates: August 31 to September 24
Opening Reception: Saturday August 30 at 4 pm

35 South Windsor Street
South Royalton, Vermont (on the green)

The exhibition examines mountains and rivers with the perceptions of naturalists.  Gretchen Alexander is currently expressing her interest in aquatic ecology through the fiber arts including a Japanese fish printing technique called Gyotaku and felting.  Gretchen will also share riverscapes in watercolor.  Ned Swanberg will share plein - air watercolors inspired by the White River and New England mountain walks.
(Image: 'Camel's Hump' - hand dyed felted wool by Gretchen Alexander)

Gretchen Alexander and Ned Swanberg work in the Watershed Management Division at the Agency of Natural Resources.  As colleagues, naturalists and artists they have both drawn from the rocks and rivers that define our bioregion and inform our culture.  Their work ranges across scales, textures, palettes, and emotional tone.
(Image: 'Preston's Pond' - watercolor and ink by Gretchen Alexander)
BALE (Building a Local Economy) is a community resource center for local economy initiatives that emerge from the creativity of people and communities of the White River Valley. Their core vision is that of stewardship of place – home and communities – and of our relationship to the natural world of which we are a part.

For more information on BALE and the upcoming exhibit please contact Chris Wood at

News from our southern VT members!

(Image left: Jackie Abrams, Image right: Karen Kamenetzky)

Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamentzky will exhibit their work together at:

Gallery in the Woods
145 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Exhibit Dates: September 5 - October 31

Jackie Abrams will also have her work included in the Woebegone Basket Guild exhibit:

'With and Without: Challenges'

Exhibit Dates: September 5 - November 1

(Image: 'Friends' by Jackie Abrams)

The Carnegie
1028 Scott Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011

Textile Artists: Enrich Your Studio Practice

(Image: 'Gently Steaming" by Elizabeth W. Fram, from her 'Reclaim' series)

Elizabeth Fram of Waterbury Center has written an article featured online at FiberArt Now magazine.

She was inspired to write the piece in an effort to encourage others to consider seeking the benefits of an ongoing artistic conversation with a creative peer. It discusses the positive impact such a connection can have and that it has become one of her most valued tools when shereturnt to her studio to work.

"As artists, many of us spend the majority of our days alone in our studios. If you’re like me, you welcome the solitary hours to puzzle through the many stages of a piece as it evolves toward completion. But as much as I need that time to myself to let my ideas grow and develop on their own, I have come to realize that one of the greatest assets of my studio practice has been developing a trusted relationship with another artist.
In 2009, I fortuitously made the acquaintance of Dianne Shullenberger, another artist working with fiber....Click Here to read the complete article"

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wylie Sofia Garcia News!

Burlington SDA artist Wylie Sofia Garcia has a lot of exciting News to share!


The Schoolhouse Gallery in the Historic East End Gallery District of Provincetown is now representing her work.  Currently on view there is Wylie's most current body of work which are ink drawings influenced by the rich surfaces of historic textile design and responds to her established practice in installation and performance art.

The Schoolhouse Gallery
494 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA  

Gallery Hours: 11am -9pm Daily

In addition, more locally, Wylie and her husband, artist Clark Derbes will celebrate the opening their latest creative venture: South Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in The South End Arts District of Burlington, Vermont. They represent over 30 contemporary regional artists in monthly rotating group shows. 

Join them this Thursday for the Inaugeral Reception: August 7th from 6-9pm!

South Gallery

27 Sears Lane
Burlington, VT
(alongside RL Photo)

Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 12-3pm
Open Late First Fridays 5-8pm
also open by 

Read the article in 7days here


Wylie will also have a wonderful cross section of her work including dresses from The Dress That Makes The Woman Project, video and ink drawings included in the upcoming Exhibit:

Unravelled - Contemporary New England Fiber Art
September 20 - December 6, 2014

Museums of Old York
Remick Gallery
3 Lindsay Road
York, ME 03909


Friday, July 25, 2014

Caspian Arts Studio Tour

July 29, 2014
Tuesday, 10am -5pm

Visitors are also invited to the:

Tour's End Party

Highland Lodge
1608 Craftsbury Road
Greensboro, VT

Drawing for Art Certificates, $300, $200, $100.

Map, list of all Artists, and other info HERE

Caspian Arts is an organization of artists from the area surrounding Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vermont.

It's members include painters,sculptors, photographers, fiber artists, and multi-media artists as well as those who work in wood, metal, clay, paper and other traditional craft media

Spend the day and discover the lively and enticing art scene in the beautiful region of the Northeast Kingdom!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Collect and Connect: Creating Visual Journals

Jackie Abrams will be teaching an upcoming workshop:

Collect and Connect: Creating Visual Journals
Tuesday, September 9 – Friday, September 12, 2014

at the All Souls Unitarian Church
in West Brattleboro, Vermont

This is an experimental class, investigating both materials and techniques, and exploring the ways in which they can be assembled and combined.

Participants will construct with crocheting, coiling, twining, netting (looping), wrapping, stitching, random weave, and plaiting. Fabrics, sticks, shells, stones, seedpods, wires, metal pieces, plastic bags, and grasses are only some of the materials that may be incorporated. 

Jackie says: "This is your class. You can focus on completing one or more pieces, for the wall or tabletop, or create daily “samplers” that may or may not be put together into a larger piece. The possibilities are limited only by your interest and imagination!"

Workshop fee: $300 for all four days.
Contact: Jackie Abrams
802•257•2688  •