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Southern Vermont Arts Center

This winter I applied for one of the solo show spots in the Yester House at Southern Vermont Arts Center. I was so excited to hear that they wanted me to be one of their artists showing this season. Actually I was beyond excited, I may have jumped up and down a bit.

The day I went to hang the show was gorgeous. The Southern Vermont Arts Center campus is amazing. The road leading to SVAC has sculptures running on both sides. The buildings are white with red doors, and the well manicured lawns, trees and flowers add to the whole setting.

The solo shows are upstairs in the Yester House. When you reach the top of the stairs you are greeted rooms where different solo artists work is hung. My pieces are hanging in the hallway leading to even more amazing artists. I have eleven pieces hanging until July 14th 2019.

 

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Littles – Leaf Litter

In February I applied for an emerging artist exhibition at the Long River Gallery in White River Junction, VT. I had an idea to create what I call littles, 4″x4″ watercolor/pen & ink paintings mounted on wood panel. I wanted to create 72 of these pieces and hang them all together so they can be separate or make a larger piece. I wanted them to look as if they went together, but would stand on their own as well.

When I am walking through the woods, or anywhere really I tend to look at the ground and try to spy something interesting. When I thought of this project I thought this might be a fun theme to work with. So I did it, I created 72 littles that were images of the ground. Mostly leaf litter at different stages of the year. Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter.

Now that I had all of the littles painted, I needed a proper way to hang them that created a larger piece. I went to my husband on this, and we put our ideas together and came up with way to display all 72 of my littles.

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This project taught me patience, and now I know that I can create a crazy project and complete what I set out to do. At times I thought I never, ever want to see another leaf again but I was able to stick with it. My littles are currently for sale at Long River Gallery, stop in and check them all out if you get a chance!

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Vermont Institute of Natural Science

I am so excited to have my work showing at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, VT. I have always been an admirer of the work they do there. They are known for their rehabilitation of birds who have been injured, so that they can be released back into their natural habitat.  The birds that have injuries that prevent them from being released are cared for by loving employees.

I have my work hanging in the pavilion where educational programs and bird encounters are held. My work will be hanging from January 12th 2019 to March 31st 2019. All of the pieces that are hanging are new, and have never been shown in another gallery or show. The Owl Festival will be February 23rd 2019 and 24th 2019, a wonderful weekend for owl lovers! Stop in and check out my work if you are there!

All of the pieces that I have on display are original watercolor/Pen & Ink paintings that are mounted on wood panels. My husband Alex Drew made all of the amazing custom oak frames. They have a matt varnish to help protect the paintings. Watercolors should never be placed in direct sunlight, the UV rays will fade the pigments over time.

 

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Branching Out – Solo Show

Last Friday at the White River Craft Center, in Randolph, VT I had my first solo gallery show! My 44 original watercolor and pen paintings will be hanging until February 8th.

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The paintings that are up range from an old barn door, dried koas corn, birch trees and dead beech leaves. The sizes range from 4″x4″ up to 24″x30″ larger pieces. It took me a while to get all my pieces painted and together. My husband Alex made the oak and maple frames to fit my watercolors mounted on wood panels. Which made them look awesome!

I am so excited that people are interested in my work, and love when people like it. The weather was horrible the night of the opening reception, but still a lot of people came out to see my show. Thanks so everyone who came out to support me and my dream, I really appreciate it!

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En Plein Air with Friends

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful experience of creating artwork en plein air with two wonderful ladies! Lynn Adams is an amazing jewelry designer, metal smith & enamallist from Lyme, NH. She is one of the founders of Collective – the Art of Craft in Woodstock, VT. We met last year at the VINS en Plein Air Festival and have since become art friends. Jo Tate is a wonderful watercolor artist & teacher. She has had shows all over the Upper Valley. This was our first time meeting, and we became fast friends.

We met at The Song Garden in Cornish, NH. This is the perfect location to create art, it’s peaceful atmosphere is perfect for an artist. We enjoyed time in the tea house, chatting and getting to know one another better. I tried to take in as much information as I could. Of course I asked advice on being an artist and with both their extensive experience in the art world I listened to everything they told me.

After some time in the sun sketching and painting we had a nice lunch on a little deck surrounded and shaded by birch trees. We discussed our work and did a sort of show and tell. I love being surrounded by artists and learning from one another. I am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful talented friends. I recommend getting together with other artists, it will fuel your creative mind.