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The Graffiti of Doel

On our trip to Belgium this year, Adam and I went on a bike ride with our Belgian friend, Hugo Suy. He brought us to this controversial town for it's interesting story and great visuals.

Doel was once a small town like any other with a few shops, a church, and a windmill. Industry has grown up around it over the years. Now it's mostly abandoned, engulfed by a nuclear power plant and the shipping ports for Antwerp. The residents of the town have been asked to leave because they are going to demolish the whole place and dig it out to make a new harbor. They will use the rubble from the village of Doel to fill in another harbor that is not being used. There are a few die-hard residents who will not leave and vandals have already begun destruction on the rest, but a few talented graffiti artists have graced the doomed structures with their artwork. Below are a few examples of their work.


Art in the Round Barn

Art in the Round Barn is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The show is underway at the Joslin Round Barn located on the East Warren Rd. in Waitsfield, Vermont. The show runs from September 20-October 11, 2010. This year it is an artist invitational sponsored by the Green Mountain Cultural Center in collaboration with the Inn at the Round Barn Farm. The show is open to the public from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm except on Saturdays 9/25, 10/2, and 10/9, closed at 2:30 pm for private events. For more information, call 802-496-7722.

I have five pastels in the show and I am proud to say that my work has been in the show every year since its inception!


Towle Hill Studio Weekend Show

This weekend I will be showing work with watercolorist, Annelein Beukenkamp at the Towle Hill Studio at 28 Center Road in Corinth, Vermont. The hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12pm-3pm on Sun. Sept. 12. There will be a reception from 4-6pm on Saturday. We will each have several original pieces as well as cards and other prints. Visit the THS website for directions and hope to see you there.



Last week for the Big Red Barn Art Show

This is the last week for the art show at the Lareau Farm on Rt. 100 in Waitsfield. It will be open Thursday through Sunday. If you miss it, please give me a call to arrange a studio visit.
















Open Studio Dates for August 2010










Please feel free to visit my studio this month located at 105 Rt. 100 in Warren. It's right across the road from Mac's. Look for the Open Studio sign at the bottom of the driveway and come on up. I will be open to the public Wednesday through Friday from Noon-4:00 and on Saturday, August 14th from 11-4 for the Arts Festival's Studio Tour. Sorry, but I won't be available on Sunday, the 15th because I will be racing my bike at The Millstone Grind.

There are two conflicting dates. I will be working as an artist in the garden for Art in the Garden on Friday, Aug. 6 and Thurs. Aug. 12, so my studio will be closed. I am open for visits by appointment if these dates don't work for you, just call (496-9975) or e-mail to set up a time.

To see work at other venues, be sure to visit the Big Red Barn Art Show at the Lareau Farm on Rt. 100 in Waitsfield, the Artisans' Gallery on Bridge Street, Frog Hollow on Church St. in Burlington, or the Dragonfly Gallery on Martha's Vineyard. See you soon!


Big Red Barn Art Show

For the month of August, there is an art exhibit worth seeing in the big red barn at the Lareau Farm in Waitsfield. The opening reception is Sunday, August 1st from 5-7pm. It's a non-juried exhibit for Mad River Valley residents only. If you have dinner at American Flatbread, you can peruse the show with your drink while waiting for your table. It's a fun show. The artists are required to sit the show, so you meet different exhibitors. We all have four pieces in the show and if something sells, we replace it, so it's continually changing. Prepare to throw in a buck or so in the donations jar to help support the hard work of those who put it on! Thanks and hope to see you there.



Dragonfly Gallery 2010 Season

Modern landscape in pastel

Nice weather is here and I always get fresh energy and good ideas at the end of winter. I had a spring cleaning session in my studio yesterday where I washed all the windows, threw out a bunch of clutter, and organized everything. Now I'm ready to get back to work.

Recently, I sent ten pieces of artwork to Martha's Vineyard to Don and Susan at the Dragonfly Gallery. They will be opening in May and will carry my work throughout the 2010 season.  Being very hard working and thorough, they have made many changes and upgrades to the gallery and the website. This year, Don encouraged me to frame all of my work with anti-reflective glass, which is a good idea and makes a big difference in the viewing quality. I wish them well in the upcoming season and hope to get over to the island for a visit.

All of the work that they have there is posted on their website. Be sure to stop in and say Hi if you are in the area.



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