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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

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