Wind and Tree by naomilindenfeld
January 24, 2015, 7:16 pm
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Here’s a colored clay pinch pot (un-fired as of now) based on my mother’s fiber collage that was inspired by a poem by Paul Muldoon titled “Wind and Tree”:

Often when the wind has gathered
the trees together and together
one tree will take
another in her arms and hold

This is one of the pieces I have made for the show that will happen at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center opening March 14th of my mother’s fiber work and my clay work inspired by it.



An Experiment by slaia
January 19, 2015, 1:23 pm
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Billboard #1

Thanks to an internet search, I discovered a source of used billboards. They are 8′ x 12′, and thus provide a lot of raw material, but you can’t select the design you will receive. My billboard advertised an air show in Chicago. This is my first attempt to use pieces of it to make a collage, which was shown to a select group last night at our annual meeting.

While the adhesives I used were a bit disappointing, I was pleased to discover that I can draw with felt tip markers and paint with acrylics on the vinyl. The bold graphics of the original material lend the collage a power that my work usually would not exhibit. I think it’s humorous that I’m importing billboards to Vermont, where they are not permitted on the roadside.

December and January paintings by slaia
January 6, 2015, 1:52 pm
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Mud Season #2 Blue Forest

I’m pleased with the simplicity of the first painting, Mud season #2. The second, Blue Forest, was finished yesterday.  Horizontals are an emphasis in these imagined landscapes.

New Paintings by slaia
December 11, 2014, 1:35 pm
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Once again, fresh off the drafting board. These paintings are entitled Blue Trees and Orange Sky. Both are acrylic and they represent my continuing attempts to find a comfortable place between abstraction and realism.

New work by slaia
November 20, 2014, 1:51 pm
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These two acrylic paintings on watercolor paper are fresh off the drafting board. The one on the left began life as a realistic depiction of plants in the garden, painted during a lull on our studio tour. A couple of brown shapes at top left are all that remains of that. The one on the right is a bit larger than this image, there are more tree/reed shapes to the right. It is painted from scratch (also with scratches) and perhaps is overworked and overly colorful?

Obviously, I enjoy horizontality.

Steve Lloyd

“Elements” opened on July 5 by Jackie Abrams
July 6, 2014, 10:14 am
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Our group show “Elements” opened at the Crowell Gallery in Newfane, Vermont, on July 5. It was a lovely afternoon of good friends and great conversation. It includes the work of two BWA members: Kris McDermet and Jackie Abrams. The show is open through July 26. Check out the gallery website for more info:

Stroll Show by slaia
May 16, 2014, 9:11 am
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BWA was invited by Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro’s famous parade honoring Vermont’s agricultural heritage, to create a show of our art inspired by the five farms the Stroll is focussing on this year. The show will be at The Works restaurant on Main St. for the month of June, then it will move to the River Garden Gallery across the street. I’ve visited all five farms and have created two paintings, working on a third , fourth and fifth. I want to have some choice as to which will be in the exhibit. The two paintings below may receive an added component if I can work it out in time – an abstract relief section added to the left or right. I look forward to seeing the work being prepared by the other exhibitors. I’ve had a glimpse of Walter’s tile piece and his wood construction and Kris’s beautiful fabric work featuring all 5 farms: Deer Ridge Farm, Cortland Hill Farm, Rob Family Farm, Bunker Farm and Franklin Farm.

Steve Lloyd

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Robb Family Farm


Franklin Farm