Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ways to help with the flooding in Vermont

Sunday we were hit with the edge of Hurricane/Tropical storm Irene,
My commute Monday -chels
and Though I lost power and phone for a while, it was hardley an inconvienience for me...
so many others are not so lucky!
Several towns are still unaccessable, and many are still without power.

There are lots of ways to help:

Today, (wed. Aug 31st) a family in Pittsfield reported that they bought the last loaf of bread at the market. IF YOU ARE IN OR AROUND RUTLAND, PLEASE DROP OFF SUPPLIES AT Restoring Rutland ~ 34 STRONGS AVENUE FROM 9AM-9PM. These supplies will be delivered to Mendon, Killington, and Pittsfield. Families are eager to get more water, baby food and formula, diapers, dog food, cleaning supplies, etc. Any help is appreciated. Thank you all.

You can also help through the Red cross:

Another way to help:
Vermont's Largest Hunger-Relief Organization - Vermont Foodbank

In the meanwhile, craft artists should contact Cerf+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) for immediate help.
and for recovery advice:

Thank you to Martha Fitch at the Vermont Crafts council for the reminder of the words of another Vermonter in the year after the 1927 flood:

"I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont." President Calvin Coolidge.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


In the intro to The Picture of Dorian Grey written by Oscar Wilde, he says

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.
This is a fault.
Silent Seclusion, Watercolor, Chelsea
Those who find beautiful meaning in beautiful things are the cultivated.
For these there is hope.

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty."

(I guess I aspire to that. -c)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two more framed works

Raspberry Leaf
3 Grape Leaves on White
Two of the monoprints were good enough to frame for the Open Studio Exhibit.
This brings the total number of pieces of art for display and sale at this show up to 64!!
...getting there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monoprints Everywhere!

This week I have printed over 60 monoprints.
This means I will have approximately 6-12 that are good enough to frame or sell if I am lucky...
and a bunch of scraps I can recycle into business cards I think...

Just didn't want to let the week go by without posting that I AM working on art!
..more soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Well, I know I haven't written for a bit, but I have done some art since the Plein air Fest...

Grape leaf

mostly monoprints. Here's a sneak peek at one of them...

I have several more to do tonight.
It looks easy, but for every 12-20 I print, there are only (usually) about 2 or 3 worth framing...
(That uses a lot of really nice paper, and so my note paper pile is looking really cool!)

One from my last session was really nice, and I have already framed it.
The catalog of art is coming along as well... up to 50 peices of art so far for the Open Studio show.

We pick up the maps for Open Studio Thurs Aug 18th, so I should be able to provide a link to the maps soon.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Photos from the Plein air Festival

I Am Posting these Photos again, because now I have the correct spelling of the names of the fabulous organizers who made this whole event possible.
The Plein air Festival was wonderful!                                          
 I had a GREAT time and was impressed by the magnificent work done by all the organizers, and volunteers!


 Gorgeous weather, friendly people...
I was also quite humbled by the talented people, that I was blessed to spend the day with!


I think many one of us would gladly do it again.
Thank you to The Organizers: Barbara Greene, Emilie G Alexander, and Jane Morgan, everyone who participated, everyone who came to view the art, and of course The Emille Gruppe Gallery, The Barber Farm, well as all the volunteers & sponsors!
I learned a LOT!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Getting ready for a big art show.

I thought I might not have much to do, but I've barely begun!'
Catalog-ing Art...Is that a word?
 I am Actually making a complete list of ALL my art in preparation for the Fall Open Studio.

 The River in my backyard, A painting which my Brother (Jeff) owns.
 I HAD intended on just posting a lot of photos of art, but after wrinting bunches of descriptions, I decided a small photo with the title will make it far easier for me to track.
So with that in mind, I spent most of my weekend sorting, listing, checking the back to see if they are framed properly, and Typing into an Excell program all the info on each piece of art.

I also did some seriously needed retouch painting on the main floor main room of the house.
(So many years of stacking firewood inside had scratched the paint badly, which wouldn't be a problem except the flourescent green that showed through was unnervingly bright!)