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Monday, March 1, 2010

Vermont Member News

JoAnne Russo will be exhibiting her intricate sculptural work this spring at The Smithsonian Craft Show. This prestigious show featuring top artists in all craft media runs April 21 - 25, 2010. It will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. For more info visit:

If you're unable to travel that far, then visit JoAnne at CraftBoston! This top craft show in New England runs April 8 - 11, 2010 and is held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. For more info visit:

Pippa Drew, of Vermont Surface Design Studio, is hosting a workshop later this summer with renowned Katazome artist Akemi Nakano Cohn.

"Katazome with Natural Dyes" runs on August 7 - August 10, 2010 in her 1000 square foot studio in Post Mills, VT. Students will develop design ideas by observing objects in nature from the beautiful surroundings in Vermont. Using a unique Japanese paper(shibugami), these motifs will be cut into stencils for printing. Rice paste (special bran & sweet rice flour) and soybean juice recipes, stencil cutting, application of natural mineral pigments and natural dyes (cooking to extract natural materials and mordant processes) will be instructed. By using different mordants (e.g. alum, tannin, iron) a wide range of hues is created, and lovely colors and patterns begin to appear quite magically. Classroom space is limited, so sign up now!

To learn more details about the class and Pippa's studio, visit:
To see Akemi Cohn's beautiful work, visit:

Judy Dales will be participating in this year's upcoming Open Studio Weekend here in Vermont. Organized by The Vermont Crafts Council, participating artists open their studios to visitors.

The Open Studio Weekend is celebrating it's 18th birthday this year, so get out and meet all the talented artists who are our neighbors!

Just look for all the bright yellow signs and follow the road... Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30, 2010.

For tour maps, guide and direction info, visit:

Linda Marcille of Crow House Studio has recently received a large Commission. She will create eight custom hand-painted silk panels for a Kennedy Center Award winning filmmaker, director, stage magician & film consultant (He consulted on The Polar Express).

She writes: "The commission is a wacky, whimsical project to be used on stage. There will be 4 large cartoon like characters with bodies and no heads each character will be painted onto a 55” x 55” piece of silk. The magician will them hold up the silk and allow his head to be the head of the silk character. I am not sure what happens at that point (maybe he disappears ). Then there are 4 other pieces of silk 36” x 36” and those will just have words on them that will be used during the shows. "

Linda's also going International! The "Guild of Silk Painters" in the UK, will feature a spread of her silk paintings in their upcoming Journal, due out in March. we'll update with that link once we have it.

Also this winter, Linda worked on a submission for "Love Letters for Obama" (Her Valentine is pictured above here). The project was initiated by Vermont artist Callie Thompson as a way for people to show President Obama their support for all he has done. Visit Linda's blog to find the links to view more of the Valentines generated for this project.

Karen Henderson is a voice over actress in the award-winning Short Film "Complications". Created last year by local Vermont film maker Jim Gallagher, the film features a talented group of Vermont actors.

You can see the film at The 13th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival held in downtown Montpelier, VT at the Pavilion Auditorium on State Street. The Festival runs from March 19-28, 2010. "Complications" will be shown Sunday, March 28, 2010 during the festivals Sunday Shorts program beginning at 12 noon.

For more information on schedule, locations and tickets visit:

Three of Karen's evocative textile wall pieces can be seen in an upcoming feature film entitled “Black Swan”. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film stars Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder and Mila Kunis. It is a dark psychological thriller set within a ballet production of Swan Lake. The pieces Pink Parn Sunset, Notice (pictured here), and First Frost with Fog will be hung in the apartment of the character played by Natalie Portman. Will let you know when the movie will be released!

"Perseverance", one of Karen's most recent pieces, has been included in “More Than Fiber: A Creative Approach to Material”, juried by Warren Seelig. The show runs March 7-April 18, 2010, and is held at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in their Cohen Gallery. For more information please visit:

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Karen! That's very exciting news. How did it come about? Congratulations!