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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Large Scale Preservation

We’d like to share some of the steps that went into the framing of this beautifully beaded, Native American, wedding dress. This dress was made during the 1st world war. The groom to be was killed in the war, so the dress was never worn. The bead work is just amazing. The 100 year old leather is really tough, we broke a few needles sewing this one onto the backing! The moulding is locally milled and hand finished by us. It is always an honor to work on precious artifacts and artwork for our appreciative customers.

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Coupon for Custom Framing Sale

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery’s Preferred Customer Framing Sale

January 31st –  February 21st  Only

10% off one framing job*
15% off two pieces
20% off three or more

*Applies to pieces using new frames only

Please print and present this page with your order.

Your artwork, document, poster, photograph, needlework, textile, or object will be treated with expertise and prepared for a lifetime of enjoyment. We offer

  • expert design skills
  • superior workmanship
  • dedicated customer service
  • hand-finished gilded & hardwood mouldings
  • pre-finished mouldings at competitive prices
  • all archival products
  • museum and anti-glare glass
  • custom beveled mirror frames


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Reverence and Risk: Surveying the Past and Mapping the Future

November 22, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Our current group show features the work of Robert Klein 1924-2002 along with 18 other artists. Robert Klein painted in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in the 1980’s and 90’s, capturing the architecture of light on common buildings, old cars, factories, and storefronts. “Although there is a lot of breathtaking natural beauty in the Northeast Kingdom, I am not interested in painting pastoral scenes. There is too much of this idyllic stuff. Life in the Northeast Kingdom is a difficult life. I want to paint things the way they are.”

The exhibit also includes the work of Bonnie Acker, Elizabeth Allen, Frysch Dutson & Edsën Lüters, Carolyn Enz Hack, Janet Fredericks, Josie Furchgott Sourdiffe, Steven P. Goodman, David Maille, Virginia McNeice, Paige Berg Rizvi, Joseph Salerno, Gowri Savoor, Cameron Schmitz, Dianne Shullenberger, Adelaide Tyrol, Nancy Weis, and Richard Weis.

A reception will be held 5:30-7:30 on Friday, December 5th. It coincides with the Shelburne village annual holiday stroll. Bring your family and join us for refreshments and meet the artists!

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Pistol, Holster, & Stirrups Shadowbox

This is a shadowbox frame we built for a collection of antique stirrups, a holster and pistol. The customer wanted to be able to remove the pistol and stirrups. We made the frame with a door and made hangers so the items could easily be removed. A faux suede fabric and olive veneer moulding with silver accent extend the style of the antiques and create an excellent display.

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