Boldly Patterned and Subtly Imagined: 22nd Annual Winter Group Show Opens at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Boldly Patterned and subtly Imagined:  22nd Annual Winter Group Show,” which will run November 30th to January 31st, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, December 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  The exhibit features the work of Boyan Moskov and Carolyn Shattuck.

Printmaker, book artist, and painter Carolyn Shattuck “believes her work is the freedom to extrapolate ideas and motifs from many sources in order that they can cross-pollinate and exist as a whole. She says “ I hope to celebrate life in all its complexities while acknowledging the shadow on my left shoulder”.”  Having lived in Montreal, Okinawa, and the Northeast, she has found inspiration in everything from New England tombstones, Chinese terracotta warriors, Japanese printmaking, and Puritan urns.  Her experiences are translated into works in mixed media, using unique techniques such as drypoint and collage, or drawing and print assemblage in a three dimensional book art form.

New Hampshire based potter Boyan Moskov was born in Ruse, Bulgaria.  His playful pottery uses bold patterns and colors to create abstract compositions.  He was drawn to art from an early age; starting at Troyan Art School (Troyan, Bulgaria) in 1987, Boyan fed his passion and developed his techniques in painting, sculpture, drawing and ceramics.  For many years following Troyan, he worked in many fashions from production ceramics to private art endeavors.   He continued his education at the Sofia Art Academy (Sofia, Bulgaria), followed by his international debut working as a potter in Sweden.

The show also includes the work of notable artists Bonnie Acker, Elizabeth Allen, Steven Goodman, Catherine Hall,  Don Hanson, Kelly Holt, Kathleen Kolb, David Maille, Virginia McNeice, Gail Salzman, Cameron Schmitz, Dianne Shullenberger, David Smith, Barbara Wagner, Dick Weis, and Nancy Weis.

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Differences in Moments: Recent Paintings by David Smith Opens September 27, 2013

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We are pleased to announce the opening of “Differences in Moments:  Recent Paintings by David Smith,” which will run September 27 to November 9, 2013. An opening reception will take place Friday, September 27th from 6-8 pm.  The exhibit features Peacham, VT based artist David Smith’s compelling landscape works in oil, in which he explores the possibilities of a scene through his imagination, and invites the viewer to do the same.

“I’m not a storyteller, but I sometimes consider myself a fiction painter.  I use fictional visual images from memory.  Different imagined scenes incorporated into paintings to portray a truth.  Oil paint covers well.  The new day and a new session might make yesterday’s painting entirely different.  What happened?  Did I change so much, spinning around my core, or did something I happened to see uncover a different version of the truth?

Much eludes me here.  I like that mystery and surprise, when I see something I see over and over with the day’s fresh eye,” Smith says.

Smith’s work asks viewers to ponder the moment portrayed and join in an open ended conversation on the possibilities that arise from one moment to the next.  Smith says, “What makes this moment what it is?  What makes the next moment unlike any other that came before?  The curtain parts.  A parked car moves and reveals a once hidden scene.  The sun arcs half of one degree and the light shifts beyond recognition.  A bee lights on a clover.  The flower quivers.  

The next moment, stillness.   Did any of this ever happen?”

Smith studied art as an undergraduate at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT and ceramics, painting and book illustration in its Adult Degree Program.  He has worked with children making public art, been a scenic designer and painter in Philadelphia, a graphic designer in New York City and Vermont, and an architectural and woodworking designer and builder in Vermont, where he has lived since 1974.

Samples of David Smith’s recent work

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Double Vision: Paintings by Steven P. Goodman and Cameron Schmitz at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, August 23 to September 24, 2013

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Double Vision: Paintings by Steven P. Goodman and Cameron Schmitz, which will run August 23 to September 24, 2013 . An opening reception with the artists will take place Friday

August 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The exhibit features two regional artists’ response to the landscape that inspires them.

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Bernardston, MA based artist Cameron Schmitz’s work, which includes painting, drawing, printmaking and photography, has been featured at Fitchburg Art Museum’s biannual exhibition, New England/New Talent, Green Mountain College, Kyoto Seika University, Emory University, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and Rogue Space in Chelsea, New York.  

Schmitz finds much of her inspiration in the landscape. “Whether walking through the forest, driving down an open road, or standing at a gaping, wide, open field, I have a passion for interpreting the light, energy, and spirit that I sense from these locations and merge them with a painterly perspective, to embody a sense of place. This translates into color-specific expressions that illustrate my own fascination with mark-making, visual perception, and the contradictions of movement and stasis. As a part of my process, I allow each image to drive and dictate my use of mark making techniques while exploring emotive qualities that become present during the painting process. Dashes of paint, graphic lines and gestural strokes are evidence revealing an active search and visual dialogue being shaped. It is here that I explore the distilled orchestration of movement and rhythm found within nature and the meditative qualities that each subject provides. Through this exploration, my aim is to provide my viewers with a distinct feeling and sense of meaning, while creating a bridge that connects my own passion and wonder, with my viewer’s own personal experiences,” she says.

Work by Goodman and by Schmitz:

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Vermont based artist Steven P. Goodman began his career as a painter, spent many years working in digital imagery, and in the past several years has returned to painting.  This exhibit focuses on his recent small to mid-sized landscape paintings done in oil and acrylic.

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“The paintings in this body of work are all balancing acts that explore the various interactive elements of our landscape… the give and take of light and shadow, the push/pull of the topography, the fleeting conditions of weather. In addition, the work explores the boundaries between surface and representational space,” he states.

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REJUVENATION: ANNUAL SUMMER GROUP EXHIBIT

June 28 – August 13

Our 22nd annual Summer group show features a great selection of artists!

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Reception:  June 28, 6-­8 p.m.

We are excited to partner with award winning Lincoln Peak Vineyard to offer a special chance for you to try their newly released 2012 wines while surrounded by great art!  Wine tastings, wine by the glass, and by the bottle available.

Jeri EisenbergThis year’s show features Hudson Valley based photographer Jeri Lynn Eisenberg, whose work focuses on the natural beauty of ordinary scenes near her home.  “It is, rather, the common wooded landscape of my day to day life that captures my attention.”  Of her method, she says, “The very soft­focused, painterly images are printed digitally on Japanese Kozo paper, with the barest hint of color in certain values, reminiscent of traditional split­toned photographs. The large­scale prints are infused with encaustic medium, making the delicate paper at once both more translucent and better able to stand on its own.

REJUVENATION will also include the work of artists Elizabeth Allen, Annelein Beukenkamp, Annemie Curlin, Thomas Dunne, Janet Fredericks, Carolyn Enz Hack, Philip Hagopian, Catherine Hall, Kate Hartley, David Hurwitz, David Maille, Beth Pearson, Kevin Ruelle, Lynn Rupe, Gowri Savoor, Josie Furchgott Sourdiffe, and Frank Woods.  Samples of their work are featured in the slideshow below.

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REJUVENATION runs from June 28th to August 13th with an opening reception on June 28th from 6-­8 pm. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is located at 86 Falls Road, Shelburne, VT.

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Parallels: Recent work by Dick and Nancy Weis | May 24 – June 25 | Opening reception May 31st from 6-8 pm

intentArtists Dick and Nancy Weis of Castleton, VT each have their own inspiration, style and medium, but this upcoming show puts their work side by side and invites viewers to make connections.  The couple formed Otherweis Limited in 1974 as an umbrella for their various art activities, including their studio work in painting, drawing, printmaking, fibers, handmade paper and installation, as well as their work as artist-educators. With graduate training at American University and George Washington University as a foundation, they have exhibited and taught in many locations throughout the United States and abroad.

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Richard Weis has an affinity for the land that is rooted in his Northern Minnesota origins where the family’s hunting, logging, and seasonal work was a matter of survival.

Nancy Weis has worked in encaustic painting, handmade paper, fiber and other media over the years. She is particularly interested in elements of culture that are common to many different societies. “Nearly every non-technological society has used similar natural objects (feathers, stones, bones, twigs) for decoration. Circles, spirals, and handprints have been universally used as symbols, but their meanings and purposes vary. There seems to be a common visual language that leads us to similarities in what we recognize as purposeful and meaningful”. she says.

Her encaustic assemblages are attempts to call on that universal language to create emotional response or ritual space. The work does not intend to be read literally or to explore any particular culture, but rather to make ordinary objects particular and important, making them into a symbolic language.

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STONES &: RECENT WORK BY JOHN DOUGLAS

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John Douglas studied a little art and architecture briefly at Harvard, served in the U.S. Army, and moved to Vermont in the early 1960′s. He worked as a documentary filmmaker both independently and with the Newsreel media collective. After 10 years in NYC he came back to VT in the mid-80′s and began to work exclusively in computer graphic imaging (CGI): 3D modeling, animation and digital prints.

His critically regarded and academically respected film work of the 1960′s pursued the political conflicts of the era, reaching from Civil Rights in Mississippi to the War in North Vietnam. His early 1970′s prize-winning epic narrative “Milestones”, a collaboration with the late Robert Kramer, examined what had become of the hopes, dreams and passion of the American counterculture.

Today, after his Homeland Security Collection, Douglas still seeks political and social change, though his art is primarily of virtual landscapes. The beauty of our planet shows him the eternal possibilities of hope and evolution coexisting with the potential destruction of human life. Rocks, stones and boulders communicate inertial energies and suggest an alternative planetary intelligence. Douglas contemplates that their wisdom might well be staggering to fully comprehend. What do stones think? What do trees see? What does water truly reflect?

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Linda Hampton Smith

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