November at Vermont Artisan Designs
The state-sponsored collaborative effort with Burlington City Arts -- the “Of Land & Local” exhibit focusing on local and regional artists – has proved to be popular enough to extend its run. Among others, you’ll see the work of Charlie Hunter, Deborah Lazar, Paul Stone, David Rohn, Jon Olsen, Steven Hileman and Alistair McCallum.
Fall is Here!
New work by Carol Gobin and Den Poitras is also spotlighted in November. Both artists, along with our youthful pianist Franz Robert, will be on hand Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 during the monthly Gallery Walk. A portion of sales will go to Project Feed the Thousands, which benefits the local food shelves and the Drop-in Center.
Carol Gobin, from nearby Massachusetts, grew up loving to explore the environs of New England. She went on to study house-building, architectural drafting, graphic design and visual arts. After 15 years in design, she rediscovered her love of oil painting and found herself back in the hills exploring the same beloved landscapes with camera and sketchbook in hand. Architectural detail and late afternoon light raking across the landscape when shadows are deepening, inspires her.
“The control of a stormy sky on a sunny day; the light that pours through a window and spills onto the floor; mysterious reflections in a lake, all attract my eye and beckon me to capture the moment on canvas.”
Den Poitras is an artist whose work you’ll remember. His framed assemblages of a wide variety of objects speak for themselves. But Den says: “Aesthetic emotions, such as awe, joy and wonder, are what I try – over and over again – to saturate my art with. Forms, colors, and found objects become significant only when I succeed in expressing some of these emotions. I try to get out of the way and let the creative process take over. Sometimes my art appears to make sense, but symbols, painting techniques, art-philosophies, nature, photos, newspaper clippings and all forms and color become subservient to deep, mysterious feelings that I’ve had since childhood….If you let yourself see with your emotions rather than with your intellect, you’ll be able to enter these ‘other worlds’ of mine and make them your own.”
Holiday Preparations Under Way
With Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah coming on the same weekend this year – and Christmas not that far behind -- it’s no wonder that all sorts of potential gifts for the holidays are arriving daily at the gallery. Look for new jewelry, candles, chocolates, pottery, blown glass, menorahs, paintings and photography each time you visit! Most are from local and regional artists and artisans. Check our website, www.vtart.com, to monitor some of the new works. And, our sister store, Kitchen Sync, is stocking up on linens, cutlery, sparkling glassware, cookbooks, spices, maple syrup, exotic cooking oils and more!
Small Business Saturday
Vermont Artisan Designs and Kitchen Sync are participating in the Small Business Saturday promotion sponsored by American Express again this year. Remember to register with American Express to be eligible for a special statement credit at Americanexpress.com.
Gift Certificates Available, Too
It’s not too early to think about gifts – not only for family, but also for co-workers and employees. Gift Certificates from Vermont Artisan Designs and Kitchen Sync can be used in either store and allow the recipient to choose something that he or she will enjoy! Ask about our special sale on gift certificates!
December To Remember
Along with the Chamber of Commerce and Building a Better Brattleboro, the downtown merchants are making special plans for a holiday of lights that should be worth a trip to town. Stay tuned for more on this! Famed glass artist Josh Simpson and painter Dane Tilghman will have new exhibits coming up in December. You won’t want to miss them. Also on tap for the month is the annual Holly Days promotion, the Messiah Sing sponsored by the Guilford Friends of Music, the tree lighting and more than can be mentioned.