Sunday, November 27, 2011

Alphabet Delights

The Alphabet installation is up on the wall in my studio now, with a profusion of letterforms. It's very colorful, and would be great for libraries (public, private, or institutional); workplaces that deal with the printed word (publications such as newspapers and magazines); printers; and colleges, universities, and other schools. When I had Music of the Spheres up on this same wall a few years ago (before it went off to NRG Systems in Hinesburg), Georgia Landau used to come to the studio and sit and look at it because she said it made her relaxed and happy. This one, I think, does the same thing!

It bipps joyfully across the wall, singing about the amazingness of the written word. It was a busy day at the studio on Saturday when I finished the piece and put it up on the wall. Among those who stopped by was Janet Nielsen, formerly the head librarian at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. She said what a miracle reading is, how amazing that our species does this complex, beautiful thing.

Another visitor was Gabrielle Dietzel, who told me about two neat places that focus on type and letterforms, the Alphabet Museum (Buchstaben Museum) in Berlin, Germany and Letterpress Things in Chicopee, MA. Both are worth checking out.

Friday, November 25, 2011


I’ve done lots of fun art things in the last little while. In the middle of October I was part of a jury to select work for VSA’s upcoming Engage exhibit. I love looking at art, especially art by self-taught artists. And in that vein, I am delighted to be doing workshops every other week for G.R.A.C.E. at nursing homes in St. Johnsbury and Greensboro since June.

I’ve also been picked up by two new galleries – the Gander Gallery in Manchester Center and Stowe Craft Gallery (where I delivered the last of my wall pieces from the exhibit in Nagoya this week).

The opening for the Members Show at Studio Place Arts on November 19 was great. SPA has sold four of my sculptures already!

I’ve also got two pieces made with wine tops (one, Black Angel, shown here) in the ARA show at the T.W. Wood Gallery through December 18. I’ll be gallery sitting there from 12-4 PM on Saturday, December 10, so feel free to come by and visit.

A new activity for me (but not something I'm putting on the regular schedule): printmaking! I was asked to make two prints for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts/Burlington City Arts 30/30 Print Project and fundraiser, and I worked for two sessions with the wonderful Jennifer Koch (shown below) to print some big plexi buttons I had made for another project.

And finally, I did a workshop with visual arts students in the Academy of Visual and Performing arts at Essex High School on November 17. Students made work related to my Rolling Boil pieces, and they were very cool.

From January 23 to February 17 my art group, 2nd Tuesday, will be having an exhibit at Castleton State College, . I’ll be showing a lot of the big 3-D work I had at Flynndog last year, in case you missed that show.