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My crit group- I’m so very lucky
July 23, 2011, 9:56 am
Filed under: Community

I am fortunate to be part of a critique group with four other members of Brattleboro West Arts. My fellow members Steve Lloyd, Naomi Lindenfeld, Walter Slowinski and Petey Mitchell are all inspiring artist in their chosen media and we’ve established a sense of trust and safety that needs to be at the heart of a critique group.  We meet about monthly and the focus is on one of us at a time.

Petey, Steve, Naomi and me
Petey, Steve, Naomi and me

This time we met at the Brattleboro Museum to discuss my solo show. What a perfect opportunity. My 10 newest pieces all beautifully hung and lit and these talented artists committing several hours to asking questions that really challenged me to articulate my creative process and then carefully listening to my answers and sharing insights.

Petey, Steve, me and Naomi
Petey, Steve, me and Naomi

I saw connections in my work of a few years ago and now, how I like to circle back to forms and lines that I had been in love with making in older pieces and some ideas of where to move forward. I also re-connected with the place in me that has been so inspired by cellular imagery and why it resonates with me so deeply.

Must have been a hard question.
Must have been a hard question.

I learn so much from this group. My thanks to them.

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About us
May 8, 2011, 6:54 am
Filed under: Community

Please visit our website for more info about the artists and upcoming events.

Brattleboro West Arts (BWA) is an association of artists and craftspeople working in the villages of West Brattleboro and Marlboro, Vermont, dedicated to supporting the artistic and economic growth of its members and community.  BWA consists of artists and artisans working in a variety of media including painting, pottery, sculpture, woodworking, musical instruments, fiber, video, and more, practicing at the highest professional level of creativity, innovation and technical standards. Through monthly potluck meetings, we share ideas, resources and support one another as artists.

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Seed Dreaming III-done
April 17, 2011, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Artwork

by Karen Kamenetzky

Finished and photographed.
What do you think?

Seed Dreaming III

Seed Dreaming III

Here’s a closer look:

Seed Dreaming III detail

Seed Dreaming III detail

(photos by Laurie Indenbaum)



A Community of Artists
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?