Finished Women of Hope by krismcdermet
February 17, 2011, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Artist

by Kris McDermet

I just finished this wall piece in time for the 2011 Women’s Film Festival.  It is my first try at using silk and wool in both the hooking and braiding.  The vibrant colors really show well in the dresses.  Karen Kamenetzky got me excited about silk and now I’m in love with this shimmering fabric.Women of Hope I first saw a photo of this image from the 2009 poster of the Brattleboro, VT Women’s Film Festival and fell in love with the images bright colors and their expressions even though their faces are not visible.  The photo is taken from the movie The Greatest Silence/Rape in the Congo.

Original poster image

I’m hoping the sale will raise needed funds for the Women’s Freedom Center.


A Community of Artists by Karen Kamenetzky
February 3, 2011, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Artist, Community

by Karen Kamenetzky

I seem to be on a roll writing about why I love the community I live in and specifically how that influences my art.

The Spaces Between I

The Spaces Between I

A little over a year ago a neighbor had the idea of creating a group of artists from my area of West Brattleboro, VT. My first reaction was skepticism that there were enough local artists to sustain a group.

Boy was I wrong. All kinds of creative folks were living within a few miles of me and came crawling (figuratively) out of the woods! Brattleboro West Arts has evolved into a cohesive largish group of artists working in numerous media; paint, glass, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and more. Our monthly potluck/meetings are opportunities to share our work, our struggles as artists, marketing ideas and lots of great food! I’ve come to really value getting to know these neighbors and learning from them.

This fall we will have our third Studio Tour (more on that later) and the caliber of talent is amazing. Ideas for future joint ventures are percolating. There’s a real feeling of possibility. I find this all feeds me as an artist and helps keep me charged up about my own work.

I wonder how unusual this is for artists working in various disciplines to join together based on sharing the same neighborhood. Has anyone else had this experience?