March at Vermont Artisan Designs
Spring is literally just around the corner!
And, for many people, it can’t come too quickly. It’s been a good year for skiing and winter sports, but we’re ready for more daylight hours. By the time you’re reading this, sugar maple trees will have been tapped and you’ll be able to see the steam rising from the sugar houses as fresh maple sap is boiled to make taste-tempting fresh maple syrup.
Here at Vermont Artisan Designs, March also means Student Art Month. For 34 years, the Arts Council of Windham County has been encouraging young people to make art by displaying their works around town. We’re honored to be able to once again show the 3-D works (pottery, sculpture and books) of area high school students in the gallery. And, we’re always pleasantly surprised to see the quality workmanship that the students come up with. This year is no exception with participation by students at Brattleboro Union High School, Leland & Gray, The Putney School, the Compass School, Twin Valley, Bellows Falls, and Vermont Academy. The show opens on March 7 during Gallery Walk. You’re invited!
Besides the Student Art Month exhibit, the gallery is featuring new photographs by Jeffrey Lewis. Lewis has captured strong images of performers at the New England Center for Circus Arts, which are also on display at the Latchis Theatre to celebrate NECCA’s annual fund-raising extravaganza in March.
Spring is the right time to think about flying kites. And, Jim Thompson has brought some of his hand-made and painted kites down from his home in Montpelier. Although most of his colorful works are used for decoration, you can fly them.
And, Donna Dearborn will be at the gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on March 7. She will be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Every Sunday,” which recounts the special relationship between Donna and her father, Frank, an exceptional recreation director here in town for many years.
During the Gallery Walk opening reception, pianist Franz Robert will play improvisational jazz on the gallery’s baby grand. A portion of Gallery 2 sales will go to the Brattleboro Heat Fund, which has been especially hard hit this winter
During your visit, you’ll also see a variety of floral images by Deborah Lazar, Kim Eng Yeo, Linda Leonard Hughes, and Elinros Eyjolfsdottir; one of 100 photogravure images of a Michael McDermott photograph of J.D. Salinger which was featured in the PBS American Masters segment in January; and paintings by Juan Jr. Ramirez, Charlie Hunter, Warren Kimble, Paul G. Stone, Steven Hileman and more.