Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Long Haul: Seventeen

Here's one of my six new Long Haul cases, hanging at The Front in Montpelier.

This piece, called The Long Haul: Seventeen, is 2 x 75 1/2 x 7 1/2". It has seventeen compartments, with objects in a numerical sequence from one to seventeen, suggesting a visual Haiku. It is paired with a quote from a poem by Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska:

"I am no longer sure that what's important is more important than what's not important." 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Round & Around at Studio Place Arts

I'm really delighted by circles and disks, and I've wanted to curate an exhibit featuring them for many years. I finally got my chance at Studio Place Arts, and I'm VERY pleased with the results!

There are three installations -- one by Beth Miller featuring goldenrod galls in the center of the gallery, and one by Kristen M. Watson that you can see peeking out behind the hanging wall on the right.

And looking toward the front of the gallery, we see Pamela Wilson's floor installation of a grid of porcelain and salt-and-flour dough disks.

The opening reception is at Studio Place Arts this Saturday, February 4, from 3-5 PM.

Walk the Long Trail at Berlin Mall

And here's another cool project at Berlin Mall I've been working on:
From January 14-April 22, 2017, the Berlin Mall welcomes walkers to experience an indoor version of the Long Trail, and help raise funds for the Green Mountain Club - mall owners are donating funds to support The Long Trail, based on the number of miles logged by registered walkers. Walk a Division or two or three, or walk the entire trail.
You can register here to start walking the 272 miles of the Trail!

The Main Entrance welcomes visitors to the project

and inside, a scrapbook of photos related to each of the Trail's 12 divisions covers one row of windows all the way down the length of the wall, with blow-up signs for each of the divisions where walkers who have finished that division have their name or"walking handle" listed. It's really neat to see people chugging up and down the hall and logging miles while it's cold and snowy outside!

As you look out through the windows, the parking lot disappears, and what you see is the snowy ground and the trees and sky above. Pretty appealing!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Team Bridges Wins NetZero Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition

All our work over many months paid off, as our team won the NetZero competition. Have a look here: 

Many thanks to Jeb Wallace-Brodeur for the photograph!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Black Lives Matter

I've curated a small exhibit at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center in Montpelier, VT entitled Black Lives Matter. There will be a reception on Friday, January 13 where artists will speak about their work, followed by a panel discussion. I hope you will come if you are in the area.

I'm also involved in an organization called Reading to End Racism, which will be reading to children at Union Elementary School. If that's something you'd like to participate in, we're having a training on January 17 at 5:30 in Plainfield. Let me know if you'd like to come.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Six New Pieces!

Here is a look at six new pieces, photographed by Randolph photographer Jack Rowell. These pieces are built on long, shallow wooden boxes that were used to ship stained-glass-maker Chris Jeffrey's lead channeling. They are different sizes, rough, sometimes a bit torqued. I've sanded down the worst of the weathered, splintery surfaces and either finished them with beeswax, oil, or stain.

The overall title of this series is The Long Haul. I am seeking venues where I can exhibit the whole group of six suspended from the ceiling at different heights and angles.

The following piece was shown at The Front in Montpelier, suspended from the ceiling, an homage to my late friend Marge Trautz.

Next is one I call Chaos, created post-election, filled with cooking and eating implements, clay letters, and wood-and-metal human figures:

Next, a numerically-sequenced piece, associated with a quote from a poem entitled "No Title Required"  by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996:
I'm no longer sure that what's important is more important than what's not important.
 The piece has 17 compartments (the number of syllables in a Haiku), with bits of everyday stuff. It was photographed without the glass covering that protects the items in the box.

The next three pieces rise up out of their boxes.

I love this simple piece of a wagon loaded with logs that makes its way back and forth along the tracks, moved by cranks on either end, over ballast of puffed and toasted clay.

 This Long Haul piece begins with a straw man and ends with a death rolodex.

 Finally, a piece that was reworked using figures, a few of which were exhibited at Studio Place Arts a year ago, and then appeared in greater numbers in an installation at The Front.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Work Being Photographed

I have six new pieces built on shallow boxes that once held lead channel for stained glass. Jack Rowell, a friend and excellent photographer, has shot all six, and I'll soon have all the images, some of which I will post here.

Today, he sent me a sequence of images of this piece that has a kinetic element so I could make a GIF. More coming later.