State Seal for St. Albans Historical Museum

The conservation and restoration of this state seal was entrusted to our skilled conservators, Brad Sourdiffe and Randy Smith. Here is a glimpse of the process of  stabilizing, cleaning, and restoring this unique, historical piece.

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Only One: Singular Prints by Casey Blanchard, Janet Fredericks, Betsey Garand, Catherine Hall, and Carol MacDonald

Our upcoming exhibit opens with a reception with the artists on Friday, May 16, 6-8 p.m., and will run through June 24.

Originally developed in the 17th century, monotypes are unique prints, sometimes created by running a zinc plate through a press multiple times, each time inked with different colors and shapes to achieve a layered quality. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals. Also known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques, a monoprint is essentially a printed painting.The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.The difference between monoprinting and monotype printing is that monoprinting has a matrix that can be reused, but not to produce an identical result. With monotyping there are no permanent marks on the matrix. In the absence of any permanent features on the surface of the plate, all articulation of imagery is dependent on one unique inking, resulting in one unique print. Monoprints can be thought of as variations on a theme, with the theme resulting from some permanent features being found on the plate – lines, textures – that persist from print to print. Variations are confined to those resulting from how the plate is inked prior to each print. The variations are endless, but certain permanent features on the plate will tend to persist from one print to the next. Both involve the transfer of ink from a plate to the paper, canvas, or other surface that will ultimately hold the work of art. Other methods that make a print “one of a kind” might be the addition of drawing, collage,or even sewing, to the printed impression of a woodblock, linoleum print or etching.

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Preserving the Past: An exhibit of artfully framed antique prints and botanicals

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Preserving the Past: Artfully Framed Antique Prints and Botanicals” which will run April 12-May 13, 2014.

The decorative art of framing antique prints draws on many traditional and handcrafted techniques that have become as rare as the prints themselves.The prints range from a hand-colored Curtis engraving of a dandelion dating from 1795 to a German chromolithograph of butterflies, bees, and insects from 1894. Other images include rare fruits and birds, bugs, poultry and early Vt. settlers at work. Exquisite and labor intensive french mats with hand-drawn ink lines, marbelized papers, gold leaf and painted panels showcase these hand-colored engravings and early lithographs superbly. These techniques, which draw on a framer’s design abilities as well as skills handed down from past artisans, showcase the kind of traditional handcrafted framing that is a specialty at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery.The preservation aspect comes from the use of contemporary archival, museum quality materials that will ensure these pieces are kept in pristine condition for future generations.

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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

Golden Meadow 8x11 oil on panel

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.


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.


“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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June 28 – August 13

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

lincoln peak

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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