Vergennes, Vermont
Meet the Artists

 

Meet the Artists

We are proud to showcase the work of these Vermont artists and artisans.

Painting

Eloise Beil, Carol Calhoun, Libby Davidson, Robert Deyette, Sean Dye, Fiona Cooper Fenwick, Georgina Forbes, Karin Hardy, Bonnie Melnick, Pamela Murphy, Celia Oliver, Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams, Julner Remy, Judith Rey, Ann Sage, Janet Seaburg

Print Making

Jean Kerr-Lewis, Lyna Lou Nordstrom, Janet Seaburg

Glass

Alyssa Oxley, Bud Shriner, Micaela Wallace

Pottery

Judith Bryant, Kileh Friedman, Laura Fall, Ken Martin

Jewelry

Joan Burt, Gail Martin, Jane Nevins, Kathy Mitchell, Micaela Wallace, Lori Yarrow

Textiles and Fiber Arts

Deb Allen, Marsha Chase, Celia Oliver, Alison Parsons, Tamara Wight

Metal

John Arthur

Furniture and Wood

Dennis Grage, Peter Jensen

Photography

Lynn Clauer, Daniel Doyle, Louise Giovanella, Janet Seaburg, Gary Tobler

Mixed Media

Marilyn Gillis, Janet Seaburg, Gary Tobler, Lizzy Woolf

Beeswax Candles

Karen Emerson

 


FEATURED GLASS ARTISTS

Alyssa Oxley
https://www.alyssaoxley.com/
Alyssa Oxley pursues every opportunity to expand her understanding of the material and achieve proficiency in giving shape to her ideas in glass. Alyssa has been working with kilnformed and cast glass for about 15 years. She has experience in commercial art, interior and graphic design and despite her paying jobs, has always maintained an active, independent fine art studio of her own.

Her current work in glass is strongly driven by time spent outside, along the Otter Creek near her home in Vergennes, Vermont, or walking the nearby school campus. These experiences are transformed into Memory Boxes, evocative containers that echo the landscape through abstract forms and patterns that evoke an urge to explore what might be hidden within.

Oxley learned a lot of what she knows about glass working in the Kremer Glass Studio in Pound Ridge, New York. She currently teaches kilnforming glass classes at South End Glass at Davis Studio in Burlington and summer intensives in places like the Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Corning, New York, Snow Farm Craft School, Williamsburg, Massachusetts and Helios Glass Studio in Austin, Texas.

Micaela Wallace
wallaceinvt@aol.com
Known for beautiful and unique functional items made with fusible glass, Micaela creates plates, platters, bowls, coasters, candle lights, and transforms dichroic and iridescent glass into sterling wire wrapped jewelry and belt buckles. Micaela Wallace is a Vermont native but lived away for 12 of her adult years. She began her glass craft life about 20 years ago studying stained glass at the Oglebay Institute in West Virginia. She continued studying stained glass upon moving back to Vermont at the Shelburne Art Center. Micaela expanded into fused glass more than 10 years ago and studied at The Studio of the Corning Glass Museum and the Bullseye Glass resource center in Mamaroneck New York. Micaela is currently a juried member of Vermont Handcrafters and teaches kilnforming glass at the Davis Studio in South Burlington. Micaela draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful mountains and gardens that she views outside her workshop.  

Bud Shriner, Church & Maple Glass
http://www.churchandmaple.com/
Bud Shriner was introduced to glassblowing in 1970 while working in a neurochemistry lab. There he learned the techniques of scientific glassblowing with borosilicate and quartz, leading him a few years later to seek out his first experience with off-hand glass blowing. A graduate of the University of Vermont Medical School, Bud practiced emergency medicine for fifteen years. Throughout this period he continued experimentation with various crafts: blowing glass, building furniture, and working with copper sculpture. He has studied at Corning Studio with Josiah Mcilhenny as well as at the Haystack School of Crafts with Fritz Dreisbach, Jan Erik-Ritzman, and David Levi. In the mid-1990s Bud left medicine to devote himself full-time to glass-blowing, opening the glass studio at Church and Maple in downtown Burlington. Several talented glassblowers and apprentices work together to create the Church and Maple line, with elegant transparent forms and distinctive patterns including Ferris Wheel, Quilted, Emerald Sea, Confetti. In the winter of 2007, Church and Maple Glass moved its production facility to the beautiful landscape of Charlotte, Vermont, where Bud's creativity and artistic growth flourish.

GUEST GLASS ARTISTS

Anne Hulvey  ahulvey12@gmail.com
My interest in glass started with my beach glass collection from Lake Champlain.  A few years ago I started taking fused glass classes through the Davis Studio under Alyssa Oxley and Micaela Wallace. I was amazed at the possibilities this medium provided me.  The colors of glass and the various techniques allowed me to be creative in designing my pieces. I continue to learn through involvement in open studio at Davis Studio.
My first showing was at the Art Hop in Burlington.  I am now expanding into craft shows and small shops. Anne is a hand therapist at UVM Medical Center.

Mary Ellen Jeffries mejinvt@gmail.com
Having spent the first 50 years of my life working and raising three terrific kids with a pretty spectacular husband, I was fortunate enough to retire and refocus some of my interests.  Two art mediums that I have found (and love) since turning 50 are rug hooking and fused glass.  I look forward to continuing life with family, community, running and creativity!

Gretchen King ggking047@yahoo.com
Gretchen King lives in Waterbury, VT where she is inspired everyday by the seasonal beauty discovered hiking with her dog, Odin. Having dabbled in various art forms most of her life, about three years ago she decided to take a class at the Davis Studio in South Burlington, VT, and discovered the relaxing complexity of fused glass. This duality is blended to create both random and at times, intentional design elements that evolve toward purpose. Gretchen studies under Alyssa Oxley at the Davis Studio. Her other passions include the ancient art of Japanese Temari, where fiber art transforms spherical symmetry.

Cherie Marshall
https://www.facebook.com/Cherie-Marshall-Glass-1572625213020810/
I have been working with glass for about 4 years now at the Davis Studio with Alyssa and had my jewelry at the Southern Vermont Arts Center last summer. I don't yet have a website but you can see some of my work on Facebook at Cherie Marshall Glass.

Lori Pietropaoli
Lori Pietropaoli is an emerging artist in Williston, VT.  She began working in glass at Davis Studios in Burlington soon after moving to Vermont in 2014.  She is inspired by colors and patterns, especially stripes.

Diane Rippa
www.etsy.com/shop/VTGlassJewels
I have been creating fused glass for the past three years. I initially trained at the Davis Studio in Burlington and now have my own studio at home looking out at the mountains and sunsets. I am inspired by my surroundings and use the colors from the mountains and sky in my work.  I love the feeling when I open my kiln and see my finished creations. I create jewelry including earrings, bracelets, pendants, barrettes all in bright dramatic colors. I also create Judaica including stunning menorahs and mezuzot.

I am a member of Vermont Handcrafters and I have exhibited at Art hop for two years. I participated in the BCA Holiday Market in December 2015. I participated in a show at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in the fall of 2015. I have a shop on Etsy called VTGlassJewels.
In addition to my artistic endeavors, I am a full time family physician in Essex, Vermont. I also love spending time with my husband, two sons and two golden retrievers.

Catherine Suiter
cksuiter@gmail.com
Catherine has been a self-described “glass addict” since she was a child and watched the sunlight make rainbows on her grandmother’s crystal glasses.  Having collected glass in many forms (perfume bottles, blown glass, sundry domestic art, including a glass countertop) she finally has the chance to work with fused glass herself at the Davis Studio in Burlington. It is the curious contrast between the hardness of glass and its fluidity that she finds endlessly exciting and occasionally disappointing.  Straying from the usual cutting and pasting in glass, she has explored different uses of frit, slumping and sand blasting techniques to give a sense of movement to the glass.

Christy Witters - http://www.christywitters.com/
Christy Witters discovered glass in 2013 at the Davis Studio in Burlington, VT and has been melting, cutting, and “dropping” glass forms ever since.  Her degrees in Environmental Studies and Land Use Planning both inform and drive her creative process.  She is inspired by the natural land formations surrounding her home in Richmond, including the topography of the Green Mountains and the sinuosity of the Winooski River and its tributaries.  Christy studies under Alyssa Oxley at the Davis Studio and has travelled to Northlands Glass in Lybster, Scotland to learn from Amanda Simmons.

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MEMBER ARTISTS

Eloise Beil My tranquil studies of the Vermont landscape are informed by my work in art and natural history museums, and profound respect for the intricate web of nature. Painting landscapes enhances my awareness of the world around me. Daughter of a Vermont schoolteacher and a New York naturalist, after graduate school in museum studies, my involvement with art for many years was as a museum professional. While in charge of collections and exhibits at Shelburne Museum, I attended open studio classes at the Shelburne Craft School and began to make painting a central activity of my life. My work can be seen in regional galleries, juried group and solo exhibitions.

Carol Calhoun expresses her creativity in many media, including oils, pastels, acrylics, and mixed media.

Marsha Chase My love of fiber began at a very early age.  I’ve been told at the age of 3, my mother’s sewing basket was like a magnet to me.  At the age of 6 I discovered commercial patterns to make clothes for dolls.  Heaven for me was a shoe box of material pieces, threads, buttons, ribbons and other trimmings.  By the time I was 8, I was making many of my own clothes.  My favorite class in high school was home economics where I learned advanced sewing skills, including tailoring.   My tactile and visual attraction to fiber is what led me to felting.  Felt is an incredible versatile medium to work with.  It can be worked as a fine gossamer fabric or material that is sturdy enough for hats.  Other fibers and fabrics can be encapsulated in the wool during the felting process allowing infinite design possibilities. I do not have a formal education in the arts, but have completed many workshops from other skilled designers and crafters, including clothing design, color theory, and many kinds of felting.  I have also had some training in both oil painting and watercolor. I am always inspired by nature, whether the astounding visual feast of color of the flowers in June, the vibrancy of fall in Vermont or the restful neutrals of our winters. Wool is a gentle fiber from gentle animals that is gently manipulated into many forms.

Daniel Doyle The works presented here were created using 35mm Fuji 200 film and processing. They were printed in Giclee mode on an Epson printer using Epson velveteen paper. No digital modification was made to the original files.I am presently exploring the ability of the camera to capture different aspects of time—long exposures, low light, high speed—exposing not only the camera but myself to experiencing the atmosphere of different times-- early morning, late night-- exploring the realm of contemporary photography. Using light where there appears to be little or none, finding the colors in the night, and the motion of stillness, and realizing the dynamic balance of opposites keep propelling my direction. All of the prints I exhibit appear as shot, without cropping or digital manipulation.

Fiona Cooper Fenwick is a landscape and still life painter in the Impressionist tradition – working primarily in oil and pastel.  Fiona grew up in Upstate New York, the youngest of four children. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, graduating in 1980 with a degree in Visual Art.  In 1982, she moved to northern Vermont, making a full commitment to painting 1990.  Fueled greatly by the New England landscape, as well as her mentors along the way, (Jeneane Lunn and Frank Mason) , she continues to pursue her artistic goals – painting color, light, atmosphere and composition in the landscape – and focusing on the balance of these elements in nature and in art.  Although she primarily paints plein-air, the studio is where she will develop paintings and create additional paintings that push beyond the “on-site” experience. Fiona lives in Hinesburg, Vermont with her husband and cats.  When she is not painting, you can find her in the flower gardens or hooking a rug.

Georgina Forbes states: "Through color, water, light, pattern and shape, I work to integrate landscape images which are at once explicit, symbolic, and expressionistic.  These are unabashedly emotional paintings.  Creation is, by nature, about transformation; birth, and death.  Painting is my way to explore the frontier where risk, intention and conscious use of skill lead to expressing light and elemental forces manifesting spirit.  Earth, air, fire, and water—these elemental forces are all powerful, even as ‘civilization’ puts all at risk. We are connected to all life, and heir to the powerful truths that govern all beings.  We are called to walk through fertile darkness, to walk in light, to find healing, and to allow our feeling selves to breathe consciousness into the acts of living that form our lives on earth."  
Exhibiting since 1972, Georgina Forbes has work in Vermont's Fleming Museum. Her work was featured in Old House Interiors magazine. She studied with James Gahagan, Director of the Hofmann School of Art in Provincetown, teacher at Pratt Institute in New York City, and later at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Norwich, VT.

Karin Hardy grew up in Europe, experiencing great art at an early age. Drawing and painting were always part of her life and she was inspired by many artists: Van Gogh, Munch, The Bauhaus and the Impressionists, particulary Monet. Having moved to Vermont from New Jersey in 1989 after years of visiting, she explores this beautiful area from her home in Addison County. Pastel and oil are her favorite mediums. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous shows in the area: the former Artisans Guild in Ferrisburg, the Fine Art Gallery in Stowe, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, several shows at Basin Harbor and most recently, the Quadricentennial Show “Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered.” “The light and landscape of Addison County are an artist’s dream. I paint for the love of painting and for my sanity, showing and selling my work is a morale booster and it keeps me in the necessary materials. For me, painting and grandchildren are the dessert of life”

Judith Rey After majoring in art and art education in college, I taught art in public schools, sold my work at national craft shows and then became an arts administrator. Within a few years, I transitioned to the business world, which left me no time to paint or do my own creative work. Now I have returned to painting and showing my work in Vermont. My work is becoming more abstract, and I use landscape and other subject matter as a point of departure. I have been selected for a number of juried exhibitions in the past few years and was recently awarded a residential fellowship for 2010 to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. I live in Ferrisburgh, VT.

Janet Seaburg has been a freelance artist and educator since 1960. She taught in public and private schools in Connecticut until she retired to Button Bay in 1994. There, she started her home business Imaginistics, teaching and selling Art and Crafts. She works in many different media including acrylic, watercolor, pen & ink, photography and natural materials. Her favorite is using wood to produce woodcuts and bird carvings. Janet has had several solo shows and has exhibited in Fairfield and Westport Connecticut, as well as Vergennes and Middlebury. One of her woodcuts won Best in Show at the Poultney Fine Arts Show and her photography has won several first places at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s annual juried photography exhibit.

Stay tuned as we share more about our local and regional artists!

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