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BWA Stroll show moves to The River Garden by naomilindenfeld
July 3, 2014, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Artwork

IMG_0129IMG_0138IMG_0136IMG_0133Brattleboro-West Arts is collaborating with Strolling of the Heifers on this show, which just moved from The Works Bakery Cafe across Main Street to the Stroll’s new home at The River Garden. The Stroll’s Farm Tour this year included five very special farms, and Brattleboro-West Arts visited those farms to get inspiration for the artwork in the show.

The farms are Deer Ridge Farm, the Bunker Farm, Cortland Hill Orchard, the Robb Family Farm and the Franklin Farm. The show will be on view in July and August at the River Garden.

There will be an opening reception during July’s Gallery Walk which will be on Friday July 13th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Participating artists are:

  • Kris McDermet (fabric art: rug hooking and braiding)
  • Gene Parulis, photography
  • Walter Slowinski, ceramics and wood construction
  • Janet Picard, painting
  • Naomi Lindenfeld, ceramics
  • Steve Lloyd, painting
  • Ron Karpius, painting/sculpture
  • Sharon Myers, sculpture/printmaking.

You can read an artist’s statement from each artist with stories about their experiences visiting the farms and how they got inspired to create their works of art.  In the case of clay artists’ Walter Slowinski and Naomi Lindenfeld, wood was used from the actual barn at Bunker Farm that is depicted in their works when one wall of the barn was dismantled for reconstruction.

There are some added artworks at The River Garden show that were not at The Works Cafe.  Ron Karpius has a duo of paintings of an apple tree, Steve Lloyd has a series of pencil drawings of farm scenes along with some newly added photographs by Gene Parulis.



Missed the WVEW spot about the tour? Here’s a second chance. by Chris Lann Designs

WVEW logo

I really enjoyed talking to Jim Maxwell Friday on Brattleboro Community Radio‘s ArtTalk. Fifteen minutes really flew by, and I could’ve talked about Brattleboro-West Arts for twice that long. If you want to hear the whole story, you’ll have to stop by my studio during this weekend’s Open Studio Tour. In the meantime, if you didn’t have a chance to tune in, you can listen to the interview here (15:21), courtesy of Jim and WVEW:

Chris Lann at work in his jewelry studio

“Geography is really kind of important … the place (where) we make the art becomes part of the art, and that art, in turn, enriches the place that we’re in. That’s why we’re really jazzed about the idea of the studio tour. It’s kind of the reason for being for the group.”



Friday’s ArtTalk to feature Studio Tour on WVEW-107.7FM by Chris Lann Designs
September 26, 2013, 8:50 pm
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WVEW 107.7 FM Brattleboro Communiy Radio

Be sure to tune in to Brattleboro Community Radio (WVEW-107.7FM) about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Chris Lann is scheduled to join Jim Maxwell on his weekly ArtTalk to tout this weekend’s BWA Open Studio Tour. For those of you outside the station’s listening area, you can listen online:

listen to 107.7



Become a VPR Art Hound by Chris Lann Designs
September 11, 2013, 12:08 pm
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We can’t toot our own horn. But if you’re a member of the arts community and agree radio listeners should know about the fifth annual Brattleboro-West Arts Open Studio Tour, please consider filling out VPR’s simple form to become an Art Hound.

Vermont Public Radio’s program gives listeners an inside line on happenings in the arts community. According to the Art Hounds web page, the program “features voices from the region’s arts community bragging on upcoming shows, exhibits and performances they want you to see! Listen for Art Hounds and the Weekly Conversation on The Arts with Neal Charnoff at 4:50 every Thursday afternoon.



New BWA video by Chris Lann Designs
August 25, 2013, 10:35 am
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Thanks to Rolf Parker-Houghton of Stanzas of Light video productions, a great new teaser video gives the world a taste of the Brattleboro-West Arts Open Studio Tour. Shot during the 2012 tour and in BWA members’ studios since then, the movie features the clarinet stylings of BWA’s own Walter Slowinski, accompanied on guitar by Bill Conley.  Jana Zeller of Spybird Theater reads an apt adaptation of a verse by D.H. Lawrence. Spread the word!



Life Goes On II by karenkamenetzky
July 11, 2013, 6:38 pm
Filed under: Artwork, Process
Life Goes On II

Life Goes On II

To create the fabric for this piece, I first collected smooth stones from Halladay Brook next to my house. By placing the stones on cotton that I had painted with dye, the dye molecules migrated away from the covered areas leaving ghostly serendipitous circles.

Don’t ask me why, I think of it as some sort of magic…

Here’s a closer look:

Life Goes On II-detail

Life Goes On II-detail



The plant is the dream of the seed. by karenkamenetzky
June 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Artwork, Inspiration

My period of stuck-ness seems to be over and a new piece in my Seed Dreaming series is taking shape.This series has its roots (ha!) in the above Australian Aboriginal saying which evocatively stirs up many images for me.

Here are a few of the other pieces in that series:

Seed Dreaming I

Seed Dreaming I

Seed Dreaming II

Seed Dreaming II