Couples, a basket created by Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer, is a winner. Couples was accepted into the print exhibition Excellence in Fibers IV which will be published in the winter edition of Fiber Art Now. It also won the award for the Vessels Forms/Basketry category. The three jurors were Carol Sauvion of Craft in America, Perry Price the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and Beth McLaughlin of Fuller Craft Museum. MGFA has seven of of their beautiful collaborative vessels in the current exhibit, Human Textures, on display until November 18. See more of their work here.
Bruce Campbell just completed a new sculpture and delivered it to the gallery. Star Clock was influenced by his study of 13th century astrolabes, which allowed one to tell time by the stars or the sun. The wood base, a cast off from a timber framer, informed how the mechanics would work. Most challenging was getting the rod that holds the top—ring within a ring—gimbal device to stand vertically. The brass plates on the front were etched with ferric chloride and then exposed to ammonia fumes. Come to the gallery and turn the crank on this beautiful inclinometer sculpture as you navigate the stars. See more of Campbell's kinetic sculptures on his artist page.
MGFA is now showing a new wall hanging, Life Goes On V, by fiber artist, Karen Kamenetzky. She creates a visual invented biology with hand-dyed, painted and stitched silk charmeuse. "My biomorphic fiber wall hangings are inspired by the lines and patterns of microscopic, cellular imagery which I find visually and metaphorically rich." See more of Kamenetzky's beautiful work here.
Jackie Abrams just delivered a selection of new baskets. She continues to explore silk and cotton fabrics, archival paper, wire, thread, buttons, and encaustic wax. "Each of my vessels can stand alone or be joined with others in support and unity, as a community of 'women.' As with actual women, each one has a story to share, a role in the world." See more of Abrams's baskets here.
We welcome new and older watercolors from David Rohn, including Talavera Vase and Baby's Breath, 1979. David Rohn’s ability to speak in a unique watercolor voice suggests there’s magic in his choice and command of materials and technique. The transparency of watercolor, with light reflecting back from the white paper through thin veils of color, is as pure as his freedom and liberation from an art world of expectation and judgment. See more of Rohn's work here.
Mitchell•Giddings introduces works on paper by Willa Cox. Her mixed media paintings and monotypes can be seen here. "Studying and depicting the forms, lines, rhythms and atmosphere found in nature informs my abstract language. The processes and ideas that I continually develop doing my abstract work give me tools that I use when I return to representational work. Since 1992, I’ve worked exclusively on paper. I use archival papers with a wide range of fibers, colors, opacities, textures, and weights, and methods of manufacture. My monotypes are almost always representational, my work in mixed-media is always abstract."
Mitchell•Giddings is happy to introduce Bruce Campbell, a kinetic sculpture artist. "My sculptures refect my curiosity about how things work. They attempt to illustrate, in the simplest way possible, events and conditions of the natural world. In showing a falling star, a lunar eclipse, or a rainstorm, I am trying to represent my understanding of these wonders while making the concepts functional and intriguing. These sculptures demonstrate, in minimalist and transparent form, my perception of the universe—how the universe might be visualized if moved by gears, levers, and basic mechanics." See more here.
David Powell stopped by the gallery to deliver new collages. "Collecting old books and ephemera is necessary for this type of work. These books, many of which are rescued from dumps or bought by the box from library sales, contain the residue of our material culture. Artifacts such as these are rapidly disappearing as our visual culture becomes intangible, transitory and ahistoric." See more of his work here.
MGFA is happy to welcome printmaker Erika Radich to our gallery. "For me, printing and repeating images evokes a sense of practice, a feeling of supplication and humility. The enduring thread between art and science inspires and guides all of my work. I am mystified, inspired, and humbled by the intricacies of the systems that inform and embody human existence and provide the context in which we live." See more of her work here.
We are happy to have new handblown glass from Josh Bernbaum. "Utilizing traditional glass cane (or striping) techniques in new and personalized ways is the driving force behind most of my current designs," according to Bernbaum. These cacuts-inspired pieces are called Sonoran. Watch a video of this Sonoran being made here.
We have four new baskets from Jackie Abrams. According to Abrams, "recent vessels are faceted, created to hold our important invisible things: dreams, thoughts, ideas, wishes. My craft-development work with women in Africa has had a profound influence on my art and on my life. I have learned to simplify, to let the forms and the materials speak for themselves. I collaborate with each piece as it develops, allowing a dialogue to emerge." See more of her beautiful woven vessels here.
Fisherman is one of six new collages by Donald Saaf. These will be on view during our upcoming Winter Group Exhibit. According to Saaf, "I try to view the pictures simultaneously as their ‘subject matter’ and also as a pure abstraction. On the surface, I’m influenced by Outsider and Folk Art from around the world and my methods are not too far from a quilt makers methods, breaking down the composition into organic forms and shapes. I usually begin with a compositional idea, and once that is established, I let things grow organically. I’m always hoping to ‘solve’ the picture in a way that is surprising to me. I’m happiest when the outcome is not entirely what I planned." See more of his work here.
Prevailing Wind is a new steel sculpture by Torin Porter. "I think of each sculpture as a kind of tool or toy for creating a dialogue within the viewer. As we move around a sculpture or move it around in our hands, our view of it is constantly changing. It is not a fixed, idealized vision existing out of our reach. Instead, it responds to our movements and perspectives. It is by our exploration of a sculpture that its story reveals itself and we become part of that story." See more of his work here.
W. David Powell's, The Dodo, the Auk, the Emperor, and the Preparator, is part of his avian inspired collection of collages. According to Powell, "the work is not meant to teach or preach, but to present images from a variety of sources in new configurations that might provoke curiosity, promote reflection on what we know and think we know, and challenge our habitual thinking." See more of his work here.
We have a new oil painting by Petria Mitchell Untitled #3. This is part of the Lavender Hill Waterway series. We are looking forward to an exhibit of her work in August. See more of Petria's work here.
On view now in the gallery are sculptures from Leslie Fry. Her work is inspired by basic human needs: food, shelter, clothing, love, and consciousness. She models and casts by combining organic materials such as plants, paper, clay, and fabric, with plaster, concrete, metal, and resin. Fry's work is driven by the intersection of the natural world and the human-made world. See more images here.
From artist Jackie Abrams, we welcome the arrival of the Blues Sisters. These woven vessels are from her "Women Forms " series representing women, their shared stories and their shared experience. This has become a continuing study of form, color, and surface texture. See more about these beauties and Abramses work here.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts welcomes Garrett Hack, a world-renowned maker of contemporary furniture based on classic forms. Hack usually works on a commission basis, so enjoy a rare opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind piece of fine woodworking. See more about Garrett Hack and his beautiful desk here.
"With a magpie sensibility, these latest works on paper continue an exploration of found local materials, old ephemera, maps, vintage hand written notes, fabric, are used as if they were tubes of paint along with India Ink, gouache and watercolors and pencils. They are usually made in one or two sittings. I try to enter each work with no preconceived notions, but instead treat each piece as a conversation or a meditation. In the end, I hope to surprise myself and when I do, I feel the pictures are complete. They are portraits of friends, memories, along with some magical beasts." Donald Saaf has three new pictures in the gallery. See more of his work here.
We are excited to announce "MGFA Presents," a video series in colllaboration with Brattleboro Community Television, featuring Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video Productions, as well as Robert Fritz and Gene Perulis. Most of the films are MGFA's artist talks, connecting community to artist and providing public education. The first film of the series is Monday, January 9 on BCTV's local channel 8, running for 2 weeks, with four airings per week. These films will be available through BCTV's website and our PRESS page.
We are happy to announce the addition of sculptor, Eric Boyer, to the gallery. Boyer has been working with wire mesh for over twenty years. "While the figurative works share my fascination with the human form, and the human history of image-making in and around that form, the abstract pieces are almost purely about the material itself as expression. The wire mesh seems to be a material with no foreseeable limits as an artistic medium." See more.
MGFA welcomes the photography of Gene Parulis. His images are from travels to many countries, along with studies of natural phenomena and the interplay of time on artifacts and vision. "Since childhood I've been intrigued by the idea of a parallel universe, something I could readily observe in mirrors and windows, where one world reflects the other and both, if held in a unified vision, are altered. I wanted to venture into the implicit "what if?" See more.
MGFA is pleased to welcome new artist Anne Johnstone to the gallery. Johnstone works in collage, oil, and wax to create dramatic pieces that use distortion to bring forth heightened emotional response while striking a whimsical, playful tone. "What interests me are the undercurrents and energy present in relationships on both visible and unseen levels. Ironically, it is the tension between these levels which incurs whimsy." See more.
We are pleased to welcome Torin Porter as a new artist to the gallery. Torin Porter’s sculptures have been exhibited in New England galleries, in New York City, and in public spaces. His interactive sculpture installations have been featured at many Phish festivals. Growing up, he spent his summers with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and later performed with the MOMIX dance company and the rock band Jane’s Addiction. Porter was selected to attend several Vermont Week artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, and has taught sculpture classes at The Carving Studio. Porter received his B.A in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and lives in northern Vermont. See more
We are happy to welcome Robin Cheung and her paintings and drawings to MGFA! Cheung's work is inspired by the transformation of objects as they endure through history. See more.
We are expanding! The Brooks House Atrium will now be part of our exhibit space and called the Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts Annex. We will be installing our artists' work on a rotating basis in this gorgeous new space.
We are happy to welcome the work of Lauryn Welch to MGFA! Lauryn is a young woman who is serious about her work, "Since childhood I have been fascinated by the emotional tug of color and pattern. Often I am thinking about how color and pattern on the body can form the conception and expression of one’s identity, as it is perceived by the self and by others. This became my primary focus after I spent an entire year as a Red “monochromat.” Every aesthetic part of my life that had an immediate presence was replaced or altered to be Red. For a time, even the food I ate." Read More
MGFA is happy to welcome Michele Ratté as a new artist! Precious metals, mineral pigments, printing, collage, stitching, and drawing – all unpredictable elements in Michele Ratté’s extraordinary work. Each piece evokes a primordial connection to the earth and sea. A combination of handwork, assemblage, and natural objects merge in Ratté’s personal vision of the physical world. Her blending of high karat metals with common materials reflects a strong interest in alchemical and transformative processes ... See more
MGFA is excited to welcome Donald Saaf as a new artist. "For the past 20 years I have been exploring the place where fine art and folk art intersect. My subject matter draws from the local experience of community, family and immediate surroundings as well as an internal dream place. Although some of the imagery is very personal, I am always striving for the universal. The figures in the pictures are simultaneously ‘me’ and a sort of ‘Everyman.’ See more
We are happy to welcome Susan Osgood to the gallery as a new artist. Osgood is a painter who enjoys drawing and printmaking as well. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, she developed a deep love of the natural world along with a great desire to travel. She received a BFA degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. Touring Egypt a year later . . . See more.