from the Frame Shop: Antique Shaving Razors

The archival frame design and execution for vintage items is at times a challenge, yet always satisfying. This collection of straight shaving razors called for a custom octagonal frame. A fabric backing is often a good compliment for objects with distressed or antiqued surfaces.

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Commission for the UVM Cancer Center Reception Area

"When I saw the painting that the board so generously commissioned, I cried. They were tears of happiness. This is the most beautiful scene, one that Margaret saw everyday." -David Coates

“When I saw the painting that the board so generously commissioned, I cried. They were tears of happiness. This is the most beautiful scene, one that Margaret saw everyday.” -David Coates

Presentation of Elizabeth Allen's commissioned paintings for the Cancer Support Room at the UVM Medical Center

Presentation of Elizabeth Allen’s commissioned paintings for the Cancer Support Room at the UVM Medical Center

Last fall Tom Gauntlett of the Buffum Foundation approached us about having a painting commissioned by Elizabeth Allen for the renovated Cancer Support Center waiting room at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Elizabeth is one of Tom’s favorite artists and he felt her work would be a great addition to making this room a welcoming and calm place for patients and families who are often under duress.

The painting would be a gift to the hospital in honor of Margaret Coates, a long time active member of the Buffum Foundation, who had passed away in the spring of 2014. The vision was to present the autumn view from Coates Island in Lake Champlain where Margaret and her husband David spent so much time throughout their marriage. Elizabeth made numerous trips to Coates Island and spent time talking with David Coates in order to discern what the place meant to Margaret and what views she might have treasured.

After 9 small studies were produced by Elizabeth for the hospital committee to choose from, it was decided that a triptych of three larger paintings would transform the room in the most effective way. We created special frames for the paintings and on July 8 the results were unveiled at a well attended public reception in this lovely redecorated room, with the center focus being these extraordinary paintings of Lake Champlain.

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Joined: Inspired Approaches to Vermont Contemporary Furniture and Wood Design

September 4 – October 21, 2015

Artists Talk & Reception on Friday, September 18, 5:30 – 7:30

The exhibit represents the work of 8 inventive and accomplished Vermont wood and furniture designers, one of whom also acted as curator: David Hurwitz. Hurwitz was recently featured in an interview by Jane Lindholm on VPR’s “Vermont Edition” as a respected maker and champion of contemporary Vermont furniture. He was awarded the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association “Woodworker of the Year” award for 2014 for his “amazingly sensuous pieces”. His work is collected by discerning lovers of fine wood craft across the country.
Hurwitz’s fellow artisans in this exhibit are equally accomplished and include David Boynton, Johns Congdon, Chris Ericson, Erin Hanley, Mario Messina, Sam Norris, and Tim Peters. All of the these artists met the curator’s objective of showcasing artisans who create work that is “fresh and unique, mostly contemporary while utilizing different unusual details that make their work singular, and also possess superlative craftsmanship”.
The fact that all are based in Vermont makes this a fascinating companion exhibit to the Shelburne Museum’s concurrent show “Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850” which runs through November 1, 2015.
The work in this exhibit ranges from tables and cabinetry to jewelry boxes and pendent lamps, each piece unique in design and materials. The artisans will be available at the reception on September 18th to explain the conception and process involved in each piece, as well as answering any questions concerning their craft. All are welcome.

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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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