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Friday, June 22, 2012

Curves, Naturally!

Judy B. Dales of Greensboro, VT will exhibit her work at the
Executive Office of Governor Peter Shumlin
in Montpelier, now and through July 31, 2012.

Please join the artist for an Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 3pm - 5pm

The Governor's Office is located in the Pavillion Building
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609
Phone: 802 828-3333

** Open during normal business hours

PLEASE NOTE: A Photo ID is needed to get into the show!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SDA 2012 Conference: Reflections on Community

Most conference presentations are interesting; occasionally one is downright boring. But once in a while, a conference presentation has the potential to change someone's life. 

Maybe mine . . . maybe yours?

I wasn't initially drawn to the topic of art and social change when I saw the program for the SAQA-SDA conference, Identity and Reflection. But five minutes into her talk, Kathryn Pannepacker had us hooked.  "I used to be a drug addict.  I turned tricks for drugs, or even a clean needle . . ." she noted.  While the room full of mainstream mostly middle-aged middle-class women sat in polite silence, Kathryn cut to the chase:  "We are hardwired to form quick opinions and judgements . . . Stigma lurks."  

With her direct and insightful commentary, Kathryn highlighted several projects she had spearheaded in downtown Philadelphia.  One was a large scale mural project - the city has significant support for murals, and the adminstrative and financial infrastructure to coordinate these efforts.  

Katherine Pannepacker at her Fiber Philadelphia 2012 exhibit

The other project was Art Street textile studio, a collaboration between the artist and homeless men and women or those in transition or recovery from drug or alcohol addictions.  With homemade table looms and a selection of small floor looms, her "peeps" learned to weave scarves that they later sold in their pop-storefront gallery.  "I'm not thinking about doing drugs when I'm weaving," one participant mused from the safe and supportive environment of the community that Kathryn has built.

I've been thinking a lot about community this spring.  While I was in Philadelphia for the conference, Vermont experienced the horrific murder of a young teacher in the Northeast Kingdom.  Her death was tragic for all who knew Melissa Jenkins, but as time has passed  I've once again been amazed at the power of community.  So many that I have spoken with after this tragedy have been reconsidering many aspects of their lives, from reaching out more to family and friends, rethinking personal safety and security, to making more or different contributions to their community. 

Melissa's young son is doing well, despite this tragic event.  I later learned that Katherine wasn't really an addict or a hooker, though she sure caught our attention with her "example." These two events are unrelated yet somehow serendipitous in how they both bring awareness to the power of community, and our obligations to our communities.  

What then is our call to action? As we work in our studios, can we find ways to be more involved in our communities?  Our art communities, our city or town?  How can we bring our art to our communities in ways beyond galleries and exhibits?  

Last fall Pamela Druhen rose to the call with her Winter Warmth Project in the days following tropical storm Irene.  If you know of other opportunities to help others through art -- locally, regionally, or nationally -- please share these programs and contact information here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kickstarter: Get Karen's Art to the PMA Craft Show!

Montpelier member Karen Henderson has been accepted to the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

She's launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise the funds to cover some of those expenses.

Please check out the Project here! The deadline for Karen to meet her Goal is June 30, 2012

How Kickstarter works is that Backers can pledge their support, and choose from Rewards from the artist that are set at many different levels. It's an amazing site that helps thousands of creative projects become a reality!

It's an All or Nothing proposition, meaning that Backers aren't charged for their pledges unless the Project Goal is reached (or better yet, surpassed!)

After you've checked the link, Kickstarter Launch ~ Get Karen's Art to the PMA Craft Show!
if you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Karen Goetzinger Exhibit Notes

Traffic Jams.  Gridlock.  Cityscape reflections burned onto nearby windows on a scorching summer day. 

Stressful events?  Not for a moment, once these impressions and experiences have been transformed by the eye and skilled hand of artist Karen Goetzinger.   Karen’s mixed media textile constructions are featured at the Edgewater Gallery through June 30th – an exhibit worth the trip.  Her intricate surface design techniques and innovative presentations grace the upper level gallery space overlooking Otter Creek’s waterfalls in downtown Middlebury, VT.

I was delighted to meet Karen at the opening of her exhibit on June 7th.  Learn more about her techniques and inspiration, and visit her online to say hello.  I’m sure she’d welcome a visit from local members of SDA!

Basket Classes with Jackie Abrams!

Brattleboro member, Jackie Abrams, is teaching some of her basket techniques this summer at some beautiful locations. Read On!

July 22 -27, 2012

Hexagonal Weave

Sievers School of Fiber Arts Washington Island, Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful drive and ferry trip to get to this special place – well worth it.

Class Description:
Create baskets inspired by an ancient Asian technique, the openwork hexagonal weave. Paint your own cotton paper and weave the first layer in the hexagonal weave, similar to the Shaker cheese baskets. Use this as a framework to interlace second and third layers, or for layers of random weave and color. Experiment with the possibilities of form, size, and color design. Covers are optional.form with a new surface, including applications of paper, paints and mediums, and knotless netting. Discover the connections between the unique new surface and the structure of the underlying vessel. Explore materials and be surprised by what you discover, what you can make happen. Almost anything is possible.


August 12 – 18, 2012

Baskets and Surfaces

Arrowmont School of Arts in Gatlinburg, TN near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Arrowmont has always been one of Jackie's favorite places to teach.

Class Description:
What are the possibilities of woven forms? Explore shape, color, surface design, and technique, using hand-painted cotton paper as the basket material. Learn bias plaiting and cathead weaving, and their endless variations. After weaving the basket, cover it

There are still spaces in both classes - You can ask specific questions about the classes - - or contact the schools directly about enrollment.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Our Own Yarn Bomber! JoAnne Russo

Yarn Bombing in Vermont!

This Exciting News came to us from member JoAnne Russo, of Saxtons River.
While JoAnne's art focuses on sculptural forms using basketry techniques which incorporate found objects, she is also an avid knitter.

Read On to read her article on her YarnBomb Installations
in Saxtons River and in Bellows Falls,

and Follow JoAnne's Blog to keep up with her!

Main Street Arts, spindles at entrance.

This past winter, I taught a crochet class for children ages 6 and up at our local Main Street Arts Center, here in Saxtons River. This is a Creative Arts Program that invites area artists to teach a class, one day a week, for four weeks. I knew crochet stitches could be learned by young and older students and thought a "yarn bombing" project would excite them all. It certainly did!

lamp post, downtown Bellows Falls, Vermont.

I also belong to a knitting group. We knit mittens, hats and sweaters for our local schools and shelters. When I showed them pictures of the yarn bombing I did with the kids, they wanted to do one too!! So we measured and planned to "bomb" the lamp post outside the Village Square Booksellers in downtown Bellows Falls.

Some knitted their section, some crocheted, and we added crocheted flowers and bugs too! All our yarn is donated and this project let us use the leftovers - those small balls of yarn in various colors, not enough for a pair of mittens yet perfect for a yarn bomb :)


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Here Comes the Sun ~ Upcoming Exhibit Opening!

Waterbury Center member, Elizabeth Fram has news that her work is included in the upcoming show:

Here Comes The Sun

21st Annual Summer Group Show

Annelein Beukenkamp

Bonnie Acker, Mary Alcantara, Kevin Fahey, Betsy Fram,
Kerry O. Furlani, Steven P. Goodman, Kathleen Kolb,
Virginia McNeice, Beth Pearson, Kevin Ruelle,
Gail Salzman, David Smith, Brian Sweetland,
Arleen Targan, Dick Weis, Nancy Weis, and Frank Woods

Exhibit runs June 8 - July 10, 2012

Please join us for an Opening Reception: Friday, June 8, 6-8pm

Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT
Visit the gallery's blog at

"Better Together" watercolor by Annelein Beukenkamp

Member Exhibit News!

Burlington member, Marilyn Gillis, currently has an Exhibit of her new work at Mirabelle's in Burlington through June 30.

198 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 658-3074
Hours: 7am-5pm M-F • 8am-5pm Sat. • 8am-2:30pm Sun.

Marilyn also has work in a show called:

"Lake Studies:
Contemporary Art"
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Road
Vergennes, VT 05491
(802) 475-2022

On view through July 29

This exhibit will then move to the FlynnDog Gallery in Burlington from August through October.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Exhibit featuring SDA Member Opens in Middlebury!

Karen Goetzinger, Ontario Canada SDA member, is the featured artist at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT for the month of June.

The Opening Reception is Friday, June 8 from 5-7 pm.

She'll be there and would love to meet some of her fellow SDA members, so come out for a fun evening!!

Edgewater Gallery
1 Mill Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

For more info about Karen and her art visit her links: