Carved, Oval Frame dating from the 1600’s

On the workbench today: reconstructing an oval frame from the late 1600’s. Such beautiful craftsmanship in these old frames.

oval frame reconstruction

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“Running the Gamut: Realism to Abstraction”

July 17- September 1, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome!

The gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Running the Gamet: From Realism to Abstraction”, a group show featuring the paintings of Daniel Gottsegen and 15 other artists. Included in the exhibit is work by Susan Abbott, Bonnie Baird, Annelein Beukenkamp, Jeri Lynn Eisenberg, Kevin Fahey, Betsey Garand, Philip Hagopian, Kathleen Kolb, Ken Rush, HM Saffer, Gail Salzman, Cameron Schmitz, David Smith, Shiao-Ping Wang, and Joyce Zavorskas.

Daniel Gottsegen resides in Woodstock, VT. His work is based on an intimate observation of the natural world, derived partly from many extensive solitary hikes over the years. “The act of painting is for me much like the wandering and seeking I have done in the natural world. Bits of imagery, often rising from deep within my memory, circulate in my paintings, as I find harmonies and relationships that reveal to me beauty and truth… I am interested in painting that is luminous. Painting, seeking, and wandering in the wild are all of a piece. For me painting is a process of searching and an act of revelation. It is a physical, improvisatory practice.”

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Missing Pieces?

Here we reveal the skillful steps that underlie the magic of restoration. Brad Sourdiffe is our master of frame conservation (and new, hand finished mouldings). He uses the same methods that the original frame creators used to craft beautiful, gilt frames. He can stabilize and renew damage that might look severely beyond repair.

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Present Beauty via TylerWare Painted Wooden Bowls

The widely admired hand-painted bowls of Peggy Potter are alive and well in our craft section of the gallery.  Lea Tyler (now residing in Colorado) learned the craft and designs as the business transitioned into Tyler’s capable hands. These gorgeous bowls are useful, enduring, and stylistically unique. They offer themselves as an excellent gift; wedding season is upon us in Vermont!

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Words Unspoken, June 4th – July 14th, 2015

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Words Unspoken“, an exhibit exploring mark-making as a form of language or pre-language. From invented calligraphy and pattern sequencing, to the use of traditional writing formats to display fabricated words, this exhibit suggests we take a more open, intuitive,  and playful approach to what we call language.  Participating artists are Sara Abalan, Miriam Adams, Janet Fredericks, Linda E. Jones, Ria Lap, Sally Linder, and Nancy Weis.

The exhibit opens with a public reception with the artists on Thursday, June 4, and runs through July 14, 2015. All are welcome to the reception, as well as gallery browsing during regular hours.

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Interpreting the Surface: Diverse Works by 8 Vermont Members of the Surface Design Association

April 17th through May 26th, 2015

“Interpreting the Surface” will exhibit a variety of work by participating artists: Jackie Abrams, Rosalind Daniels, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Catherine Hall, Karen Henderson, Karen Kamenetzky, and Dianne Shullenberger. The exhibit opens with a public reception with the artists on Friday, April 17th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome to the reception, as well as gallery browsing during regular hours.

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The 1970s in the United States and abroad heralded a renewed interest in craft techniques and materials for personal expression and aesthetic awareness. In textiles, this resurgence of interest sparked the creation of fiber programs in colleges and universities.The emphasis on weaving and other forms of fiber construction, however, overlooked the attention being paid to surface-oriented work among educators and artists in many parts of the country. In 1977, the Surface Design Association was founded to promote critical thinking about and education in surface design. In its 35 years of existence, SDA has reached several milestones that have expanded awareness of surface design and broadened its focus to include constructed textiles as well as surface techniques.
This exhibit featuring 8 widely diverse artistic styles ranging from wall pieces utilizing traditional quilt techniques to complex sculptural pieces that are pure abstraction.

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Introducing a new artist- H.M. Saffer II

It is always a pleasure to welcome new work to our gallery. Here’s a glimpse of H.M. Saffer’s work. As always, we suggest that you visit the gallery in person to enjoy the fullness of the paintings!

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Artist’s Biography:

Born July 18, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, H.M. Saffer II launched his career by exhibiting his art at a public art show at the tender age of six.

Upon graduation from Temple University in 1965, he traveled to Paris, France to enroll in graduate economics courses. Concurrently, HM’s path took a different twist, as he soon leveraged his musical talent performing with notable French stars Hugues Aufray, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, and many others. He was later hired by Barclay Records as a producer, and had several hit records in 1968 and 1969. During this period, he was also the chef / owner of two restaurants in Paris, and later a third located in Ibiza, Spain.

Remarkably, as engaged as he was, HM never stopped painting and exhibiting his works. Several of his shows – sponsored by his restaurants and music associates – “sold out” and were favorably written up by the press. Before returning to the United States in 1970, he completed selected studies at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts and exhibited in Paris and Brussels, Belgium.

HM continued on with his music career in the United States at Warner Brothers Productions where he co-wrote the international hit song, “Look What They Done To My Song, Ma”, recorded by Ray Charles, Melanie and other performers. While at Warner he painted a forty foot mural in their Madison Ave., NY headquarters and exhibited his works in the firm’s lobby. In 1972 HM was hired by the dynamic songwriter/producer Bob Crewe as Senior Vice President for the Crewe Group of companies where he worked with the industry’s top names including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Vicki Carr, and Oliver. Later that year, he established HMS Two Music Ltd. and spent his time writing and producing music for films, commercials, recordings and Broadway productions. HM’s work in the commercial field is familiar to us all with creations for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Ford Motor Company, and Michelob among others.

All through this period HM’s art continued to refine and yet broaden in its scope. In 1981 he began to study the art of Japanese brush painting, Sumi-e. He left for Japan in 1983 to study with Japanese masters, and there he met his wife, Hisayo. While in Japan, HM adapted his Sumi-e techniques by applying Western styles of painting.. He was represented by Galerie Musee and the Artbridge Gallery in Japan, and in Hong Kong by Alisen Gallery and the Kwai Fung Hin Gallery as a resident artist enjoying successful solo exhibits.

HM reentered the United States in 1994 and took residence in Upstate New York. His style of painting shifted from exclusively works on paper to include oils. He began melding his Oriental influences with his Western styles in order to create new and different path towards interpersonal visual expression, and his current works are a reflection of this mélange.

HM has instructed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire Community College, and Columbia-Greene Community College. He currently has gallery representation both in the United States and internationally.

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