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Slow School Movement

Slow School Movement

Posted: December 8, 2016

a slam poem by Peter Gould Let me tell you all about the work I've done for the past forty years: this ARTS IN EDUCATION. I'll tell it like a poem; like a work of art! I call it, the SLOW SCHOOL MOVEMENT! Read More
Light in the Spotlight

Light in the Spotlight

Posted: November 9, 2016

The paintings are not meek. The frames are substantial, the pigment often dark and generously applied. The drawings are accurate and balanced. Many of the pieces reference relationships: a farmer with a cow, a man and his son, musicians playing their instruments. There are still lifes: a rose, apples, a whimsical kitchen accessory. Three nudes are sketched with Conté Crayon. This is the work of Katie Runde, now hanging in the Spotlight Gallery. The show's title, "Etudes," tells you something about the artist. Read More
Arts and Alpine Define the Winter Landscape

Arts and Alpine Define the Winter Landscape

Posted: November 4, 2016

As if stunning vistas and the joy of an exhilarating winter sport weren't enough, today's ski resorts and communities also offer a cultural immersion that is equal parts pride and pleasure. While Vermont's ski resorts are well known for après beer and cozy fireplaces, they're also exhibition halls for Vermont artists. Tastefully outfitted lodges and local après bands are just the beginning; a deeper look at the resorts' "Made in Vermont" vibe reveals mountains of art to be discovered. Skiers and riders come to Vermont for its legendary terrain; and for many, when the lifts stop, the arts begin. Read More
Finding a Solution — the Vermont Way

Finding a Solution — the Vermont Way

Posted: October 27, 2016

Inspiration has always been at the core of creativity and the creation of both fine art and commercial art. As artists we inspire other artists to create. We constantly reference and learn from our mentors, fellow artists, and history. We grow by watching and sometimes even imitating, be that borrowing a technique or referencing a specific artist’s style or period of art. The end goal for any artist is to assimilate what’s inspired you and turn it into something new and unique — something that is ownable in it’s own right. But what happens when an artist feels that another artist may have referenced their work too closely? Read More
Sean Williams on Crowdfunding

Sean Williams on Crowdfunding

Posted: October 13, 2016

Sculptor Sean Williams was thrilled to receive an FY2017 Artist Development Grant. He planned to use the funds to attend a workshop on digital sculpture and the human anatomy at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles. The grant would cover some expenses, but wouldn't stretch far enough for travel costs. The intrepid artist turned to crowdfunding; he set up a campaign on GoFundMe, took a deep breath, and made the ask. Sean not only met his financial target — he exceeded it.  Read More
Kristen M. Watson on Crowdfunding

Kristen M. Watson on Crowdfunding

Posted: October 13, 2016

Kristen M. Watson is one of nine artists who received an Artist Development Grant from the Arts Council in FY2017. She'll be going to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson for a four-week residency — something she described as, "a huge opportunity for me to have uninterrupted studio time, indispensable critical feedback from fellow professional and accomplished artists, and valuable networking opportunities." Along with a scholarship from the Studio Center, the grant is one piece of the funding puzzle she is putting together. Another is a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Read More