Posts Tagged ‘artist residency’

Elspeth Pope's "wedding ring"

With This Printing Press, I Thee Wed

March 30, 2016

To say Dr. Elspeth Pope was a lover of letterpress would be an understatement. She was a book artist, a maker of printed cards, and a printer of broadsides, and used letterpress freely in all of these media. She named all of her dogs and cats after typefaces. When her future husband proposed to her, […]

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Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889

365 Days of Art: December 23 – Vincent Cuts Off Ear

December 23, 2014

December 23, 1888 After an argument with his housemate and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh cuts off at least part of his own ear. Many details are missing or unclear, since Vincent himself has no memory of the incident. We know that Gauguin and Vincent are housemates, and that Vincent has been dreaming […]

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Nicholas Roerich, Overseas Guests, 1901

365 Days of Art: October 9 – Nicholas Roerich is Born

October 11, 2014

October 9, 1874 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter and philosopher, is born. His gentle inspiration in banners around town in Johnson, VT, with calls to make the world a better place through creating positive artwork and contributions, were an inspiration to me at Vermont Studio Center.

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Everything looks like art on Governor's Island, even the industrial shipping containers

Governor’s Island, New Art Destination

September 15, 2011

Mia and I spent a day at Governor’s Island over the holiday weekend, and it was a treat. The island has gone from military installation to art destination in a few short years, and it’s a great place to relax, get away, and indulge in some art. Let’s get this out of the way first–it’s […]

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Florence Griswold House, Image courtesy of Mia Grottola

The Florence Griswold Museum

June 7, 2011

What a delightful afternoon at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. I’ve been out of the CT loop for a while, but I was pleased to learn that the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company donated their excellent collection of 190 artworks to the Florence Griswold Museum in 2001. (I remember visiting […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Return

December 2, 2010

My month at the Vermont Studio Center was fantastic in every way: the scenery, the friends I made, the visit across the border to Montreal, the time to focus completely on my painting. Having the chance to appreciate weather, instead of cursing it as I run back upstairs (four flights!) to get my umbrella. Being […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Starry Nights and Cloudy Skies

November 30, 2010

I’ve never seen such consistently fascinating weather as I’ve seen in Johnson. It’s absolutely beautiful.

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Vermont Studio Center: The Fleeting Image

November 22, 2010

In Which We Laugh at a Technical Difficulty While Discovering a Metaphor for Artmaking. Last week, I attended a lecture at the Vermont Studio Center by the painter Yvonne Jacquette. (Check out this article for more info on her paintings of aerial cityscapes). Near the end of her talk, the Powerpoint and digital projector were […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Evolution of a Painting

November 21, 2010

A peek inside the artist’s studio… I tend to develop a painting intuitively and reactively…I don’t work out a plan ahead of time, or plot a composition on paper first. I begin by diving in and sketching out shapes with paint. When I step back and look at the painting, I’ll react to what I’ve […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Montreal

November 20, 2010

I like Montreal. It’s a walkable city, with interesting neighborhoods (next time, I want to spend more time in the Latin Quarter) and a charming feel. We had time for just two museums and a gallery or two, but it was great to see “new” artists who don’t appear frequently in American or European collections. […]

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Peggy Sapphire in Dave Nelson's studio

Vermont Studio Center: England Brothers

November 16, 2010

This is a true story about the small world we live in, about memory, family, roots, and the power of art. It started around the breakfast table at the Vermont Studio Center. My friend Peggy Sapphire and I discovered our mutual connnection to the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I was born there, she had visited […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Nature Walk

November 15, 2010

A walk along the Gihon River on a gorgeous day. And, see if you can see the rainbow that appears in the shape of the rising mist (not an arc). Once again, cameras can’t do it justice!

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Vermont Studio Center: Weather

November 14, 2010

There is weather, real weather, in Johnson. We’ve had beautiful spring-like days, crisp fall, warm autumn, and cold winter air that swirls under your hair to chill the back of your neck. We’ve experienced several kinds of precipitation: a little hail, a little snow, sleet, rain, low-hanging mist, none of which seems to make anyone’s […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Appetite

November 12, 2010

I’ve noticed something peculiar related to food and appetite: I am starving at every meal time, even as I’m eating full, healthy meals, and closer together than I would in NY. Many others here have commented on the same phenomenon. We eat heartily at every meal (at least I do–tearing through entrees like penne puttanesca […]

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