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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More May Member News!

Dianne Schullenberger of Jericho, VT will also be participating in the VT Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend this month!

Open Studio runs both Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30, 10am - 5pm.... Dianne and many many artists from all over the state will welcome you to their studios!

Get out and mingle!

Also, new on our Vermont Surface Design Association Blog:

Check out Linda Marcille's Link to her Etsy Shop page!

SDA Grants

Just a Reminder that Surface Design Association offers Small Events Grants to members for events such as:

- curated, group, and juried exhibitions of SDA members
- lectures, workshops, and meetings for SDA members
- local or regional small scale events for SDA members

The grants are available in amounts up to $500.

The next deadline to apply is coming up fast! June 1, 2010

There are also Personal Development Grants offered to members by SDA and may be used for:

- studio projects
-travel to conduct research
-work on essays and publications

Available twice a year, these grants are awarded in amounts up to $2000.

The next deadline for applying is October 1, 2010. Awards would be notified by December 1, 2010.

Go to the Grants page on the SDA website for the pdf application file.

Here's some tips from the SDA website on writing these grants:

In writing your application, be very specific and describe your project in as much detail as possible and in terms readily understood by others. Avoid jargon and flowery language. Budgets should be well-fleshed out, including adequate line items for your project so that reviewers will understand how the project is being funded. The guidelines are very specific about what needs to be included. any of these items may result in your grant being denied.

There's more tips and links to articles on that Grants page, so check it out if you've been considering a project....this might be the spark that fans the flame!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

State of Craft

A three year research project by the Vermont Crafts Council has culminated in the State of Craft, the first major retrospective of Vermont craft objects will be presented by the Bennington Museum in an exhibit that opens May 22 and runs through October 31st.

When you visit, be sure to look for fellow SDA member, JoAnne Russo, of Saxton's River, VT!
Her piece here that is part of the exhibit is "She's Come Unraveled".

The exhibit will feature more than 125 objects by 86 Vermont craftspeople, including master artists, emerging artists, and key individuals throughout the more than fifty year time frame of the studio craft movement, c. 1960-2010.

This history of craft will be told in a series of vignettes spread throughout the museum’s temporary exhibition galleries based on the themes that have emerged from curatorial research and oral history interviews conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center. In addition, the exhibition will include audio tours, historical photographs and documents, and text describing each artist’s role in the larger cultural and social history of the studio craft movement.

Vermont Crafts Council's State of Craft Showcase Events

As part of the celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Vermont Crafts Council selected 24 Vermont craft galleries, schools, organizations and businesses, museums and historical societies as satellite sites for State of Craft Events Showcase. A diverse roster of activities provides a rich view of the historic traditions of craft production in the state, the story of the modern studio craft movement, and their interconnections.

The State of Craft Events showcase has begun May 2, and will run through the end of the year.

Click on the link for a listing of all the Events.
There's also a really cool Timeline showing the history of Craft in Vermont!

May Member News!

News from the North Kingdom:

Judy B. Dales has written with the exciting news of the newly formed Kingdom Crafts Alliance, where she serves as their new President.

The organization represents approximately 40 artists and several historians already on their mailing list. The group has plans to create a brochure that will guide visitors to artists' studios in the 12 mile area surrounding Greensboro. Their other important initiative was an exhibit proposal that was accepted by the VT Crafts Council to be a part of the special Showcase Events planned for the State of Craft.

They are busy preparing
for that exhibit, which will open with a reception on Friday, July 2, 5 - 8 pm. and continue 10- 5 daily until Sunday, July 11. There will be a wide range of art presented, including sculpture, painting, pottery, weaving, jewelry, glass, metal, wood and collage. In addition, there will be information about the people involved in crafts in earlier times, personal statements from artists explaining how they were influenced or mentored by artists who preceded them, and a timeline of important events and movements that shaped the face of craft in northern Vermont.

The Kingdom Craft Alliance's July Exhibit will be held at The Miller's Thumb, a historic building right in the center of Greensboro. It's well known in the area, and hard to miss! So, as Bennington Museum says, where I got this great photo, it's worth the trip, no matter how you get there!

Open Studio Weekend Reminder!

Vermont Craft Council is soon hosting the 18th Annual Open Studio Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30, artists all over the state will open the doors of their Studios and share their passion for craft with visitors as part of Open Studio Weekend. It's a wonderful event where you can see artists in their studios, learn about many types of craft, while supporting local artists.

It's the 20th Anniversary for the Vermont Craft Council, so be sure to let everyone you know what a special weekend this is, and encourage people to visit the artists! and Happy Anniversary, Vermont Crafts Council!

SDA Member Judy B. Dales will be participating in this year's Open Studio event, and mentioned there is a nice cluster of artists in her area of Greensboro, VT who are also opening their studios that weekend, so stop in and say Hi!