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Gallery at the Garden Presents: “Vermont Landscape” and “Evolving in Watercolor”
17 August, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artist Sandra Cunningham showcases “Vermont Landscape” which inspired her artistry especially the naked beauty of winter. This show had inspired her to create more time to paint, develop skills and talents as an artist.
August featured artists presents: “Evolving in Watercolor”: Ali Edelstein, Shelley Geller, Abbie Hatton, Ann Kremers, Gwen Steege, Margaret Weinland and Elizabeth Whateley. This group formed seven years ago whose paintings have evolved from beginnings to work that reflects the confidence, skill and creativity of each artist under the direction of Ann Kremers.
“I’ve always been interested in art and all kinds of handwork. As a child, I made things in wood with my father and painted in oils with my uncle. Later, my interests focused on fiber arts, including rug-making, spinning, weaving and natural dying. Professionally, I’ve used my creative skills as the Activities Director for fifteen years at a nursing and rehabilitation facility and as a weaver for a restoration village museum for twelve seasons.
In addition to my other pursuits, I love painting in watercolor and have done so for many years. My first classes were with Ann K. Lindsay and Edward Scofield and more recently, with Ann Kremers. My paintings have been exhibited in class member shows at the David & Joyce Milne Public Library and at a RiverWorks Hoosic River Watershed Association event, both in Williamstown, Massachusetts.”
“As brush touches paper, paint moves and merges, simultaneously creating paths of spontaneity and intent, mystery and revelation. This is watercolor and my appreciation for this amazing, exciting medium continues to grow.
Living in Vermont for the last seven years and immersing myself in the land’s beauty, I explore nature’s brilliant colors as I attempt to capture and transform these images onto paper.
As a retired New York City special educator, I use my professional expertise as a volunteer art teacher with Brattleboro’s Families First. The other artists in this exhibit give me support and friendship. Their presence in my life has been invaluable.
I live with my husband in the Deerfield Valley and enjoy reading, hiking, snowshoeing and travel.”
“Drawing and painting are vitally important in my life. They give me a solid footing and are a source of growth. They provide a means to deeply engage the natural world and to explore and develop ideas.
The paintings on display here were all begun on site and finished in the studio. The intense focus needed to absorb a landscape sufficiently to paint it is a pleasure in itself, as well as a means to an effective painting. The process of finishing a painting in the studio, on the other hand, requires focus on the painting, a listening for it to tell me what it needs. The engagement between a landscape, myself and a painting is deeply satisfying.
I am also a calligrapher and teacher. It has been my privilege and joy to work with the artists in this show over the course of many years.”
“Four years ago, I decided to enroll in a painting class with Ann Kremers. As a physician with a busy practice, I started without any expectation of outcome or the existence of talent. My first effort, a pineapple, was painted on the wrong side of the paper with poor quality brushes. I knew I was going to throw it away, but before I did, I propped it up against a far wall. It was at this moment that I began to understand the forgiving, magical nature of watercolor.
Since then, I’ve learned a lot more about watercolor, using a variety of brushes and strokes to create my paintings. With the help of my teacher and classmates, I am tackling more difficult subjects such as scenes with people, and landscapes primarily inspired by the beauty of the Berkshires and my vacation trips to Cape Cod.”
“I love color! And I love exploring color whether I’m working with fiber or paint. I have painted off and on since college, but for many years, I put most of my creative energy into knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing my own fleeces and yarns. This interest led me to develop the fiber arts program at Storey Publishing, where I was a senior acquisitions editor for many years.
About ten years ago, I began painting again, taking watercolor classes first with Edward Scofield and more recently with Ann Kremers. I’m both delighted and motivated to discover that what I learn about color and design working with fibers affects my painting, and what I discover in painting informs my fiber work. And each of these creative worlds is influenced by my love of nature, both in my travels and in my home in the Berkshires.”
Gwen W. Steege
“I discovered that I loved painting in watercolor when I first took some classes over twenty years ago. I didn’t find time to keep up with it until I retired from a career in social work a few years ago and started to take classes again with Ann Kremers. I’m grateful to her and the members of this group of artists for helping me to “up my game.”
The other major creative passion of my life is photography. I started taking pictures when I was eight. I soon realized that, for me, photography wasn’t just taking pictures, but an art form that I truly loved.
Combining my love of photography with my love of watercolor has been a joy. With one exception, these paintings are based (often loosely) on my photographic work.”
“It isn’t verifiable, but I believe that even as an infant when I learned that hands could manipulate objects, my hands itched to make things. They still do. Unless there’s a project to finish (a quilt, a rug, a greeting card, a decorative gift box), I’m not myself.
Until ten years ago, though, I was strangely afraid of creating pure art. I bought my retirement home and vowed to finally become a “real” artist. I spent the first few years fixing up my fixer-upper, not making art.
I met Ann during Vermont’s Open Studio week. Because I admired her work, I timidly signed up for a class. I am now a watercolor devotee and love being part of this studio group. They encourage, support, and critique my work, help me in life, and have become dear friends. Best of all, I’ve begun to feel like an artist.”
Shelley E. Geller