Bob Campbell is Artist of the Month in August

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Bob is the oldest member of River Artisans and at 96 years young he stills lives in the lovely Saxtons River home where he and his wife raised 11 children. Professionally, Bob had been a filmmaker who specialized in documentaries and education films, but these days he’s well known around southern Vermont for his delightful little scenes painted on wood.

It all started on Cape Cod, on a chilly, drizzly day in the family cottage beside Gull Pond in Wellfleet. The grandchildren were bored—everyone was bored, so Bob thought up something for fun. With a few colors of paints on hand he suggested that they all paint some pictures and he painted his on some scraps of wood on hand. It not only saved the day, but Bob’s sweetly whimsical scenes charmed everyone. Since then many folks have come to cherish these colorful little paintings.

Bob also does photography, collage and assemblage but it’s these delicate portraits of life in New England that never fail to capture the hearts of visitors to the River Artisans gallery. “One woman I know has her whole kitchen decorated with them,” Bob says with a chuckle.

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River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River Village, across from the Saxtons River Inn at 26B Main St. Open year round, RAC’s May–December hours are: Mon – Fri 12-5 • Sat & Sun 10-3. Over 50 juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Bob’s work, or the River Artisans, please call 802-869-2099, visit www.riverartisans.com or, even better, stop in at the gallery!

Hallee Humler is Artist of the Month in July

Hallee Humler has been a crafter and sewer her entire life.  With a B.A. in textiles and clothing design from the University of Maryland, she taught Home Economics at Leland and Gray Union High School in Townshend for 15 years.  Hallee has been a member of RAC for 18 years. She served as Secretary for 8 years, and is currently serving as Vice President.

IMG_1146SM Today she specializes in marbling on both fabric and paper. Marbling is done by floating dye or paint colors on the surface of a liquid, rather like oil on water.  The floating colors are gently manipulated with combs, picks or rakes, swirled into patterns and intriguing designs. Carefully laying paper or fabric on the surface of the liquid, the color is pulled off becoming permanent at once.

Most of us have seen marbling in the end pages of fine old books, but there is so much more that can be done with the stunning results of this craft. Hallee makes a gorgeous array of items like blank notebooks, refillable memo books, picture frames, mini post-it books, rolled bead jewelry, scarves, tote bags, eyeglasses cases, purses and even candles with her marbled creations.

In her own words: ” I am constantly working out new products after being inspired by the marbling artists of Florence, one of the few places in the world that still produces marbled papers and makes useful, beautiful items from the process. I particularly like using recycled items in my work.  I make books using parts of discarded school textbooks, manilla file folders and poster board. I love being a part of this coop, love working in the shop surrounded by beautiful thing,s and love having new customers come in—telling them all about the uniqueness of our shop.”  

River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River Village, across from the Saxtons River Inn at 26B Main St. Open year round, RAC’s May–December hours are: Mon – Fri 12-5 • Sat & Sun 10-3. Over 50 juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Hallee’s work or the River Artisans, please call 802-869-2099, or, even better, stop in at the gallery!

Weaver & Spinner Julie Nauceder is June’s Artist of the Month

IMG_0185_72One of our newer members, Julie Nauceder, who joined last autumn, is our Artist of the Month. Julie is a spinner and weaver working primarily with wools or wool/bamboo blends that she buys as ready-to-spin roving. She moved on to weaving after her husband pointed out: “What are you going to do with all that yarn?!

After teaching herself how to weave, she began to purchase cotton to weave into towels as gifts for friends and this led her to acquire a “charka.” Made famous by Ghandi, a charka is a little portable spinning wheel for spinning cotton thread. She now has five looms, six spinning wheels and two charkas.

“Almost all of them have different uses and most have a project in progress on it at all times. With a portable wheel I’ve made yarn in many different places —even on a camping trip to Hammonasset State park in Connecticut… It’s a great way to meet people and start a conversation too. Both spinning and weaving are very relaxing for me and at times these are the only therapy I need,” Julie explains. If you visit the River Artisans Cooperative and you’ll see that Julie’s “therapy” results in some beautiful skeins and woven textiles.

River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River Village, across from the Saxtons River Inn at 26B Main St. Open year round, RAC’s May–December hours are: Mon – Fri 12-5 • Sat & Sun 10-3. Over 50 juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Julie’s work or the River Artisans, please call 802-869-2099, visit www.riverartisans.com or, even better, stop in at the gallery!

Artist Jennifer Meehl is River Artisans’ Featured Artist for May

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The River Artisans Cooperative in Saxtons River, VT is featuring its member, Jennifer Meehl as their Artist of the Month.

Jennifer is a mixed media painter (oil, acrylic, and watercolor) who is inspired by nature and sometimes incorporates natural and manmade materials – such as beads, fabric, wood, feathers, shells, and stone – into her work.

I have been creating and making useful items with my hands all my life. Watercolor painting is my current medium of exploration. Because nature is my muse, walking, observing, and collecting are my preparatory actions. Sitting in silence or listening to music provides a space to find a way into my work. I paint to discover what can be drawn from within. Recurring abstract shapes emerge, distinct marks, tracks, and layers of color follow. My predominant view is of topographical or aerial landscapes. Sometimes animals and birds emerge from what I call internal landscapes. Often I cut up my paintings to use in collage or to rearrange on blank note cards. When I am asked what it is I have painted, I say my work is a window for the viewers to perceive for themselves. I trust my artistic process and do not fear a blank canvas as images always appear. For me painting is both meditation and a dance with my hands.

Jen, now retired from teaching communication at Landmark College, has been an active RAC member since 2011. The River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River Village, across from the Saxtons River Inn at 26B Main St. Open year round, RAC’s May–December hours are: Mon – Fri 12-5 • Sat & Sun 10-3.

 

Unique Fibre Art Highlighted by the River Artisans Cooperative

Unique Fibre Art Highlighted by the River Artisans Cooperative

jane-editedWe are featuring the work of Jane Parhiala for the month of December. Parhiala, a fibre artist, is one of the cooperative’s newest members, having moved from Cape Cod to Athens, Vermont. She weaves on a Japanese Saori Loom, which is a free style of weaving that encourages free expression and spontaneity through the use of color and texture. Parhiala’s work runs the gamut from functional to fine-art creating table runners to three-dimensional hangings adorned with beads, buttons, feathers or other objects. Her utilitarian pieces include scarves, pillow covers and bags. Her work can be seen during regular business hours for the month of December: Monday through Friday from noon–5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10­ a.m.–3 p.m. More about Pahiala and her work may be found at http://parhialaart.com/index.html.

Holiday Raffle and Open House at River Artisans

Beautiful lamp created by members Debbi Wetzel and Franklin Geist is being raffled to raise funds

Beautiful lamp created by members Debbi Wetzel and Franklin Geist is being raffled to raise funds

Detail from lamp

Detail from lampshade

We are holding a raffle for a beautifully crafted lamp turned by our woodworker Franklin Geist with a handpainted shade by our artist Debbi Wetzel. Tickets are available at the shop, or from co-op members for one dollar each, or six for five dollars. As a non-profit cooperative, the members periodically participate in fundraising activities to help with the overhead of the shop, and these two members have donated their time in hopes of offsetting the winter heating costs. The shop is fully stocked for the holidays with work from about fifty craftspeople, including weaving, pottery, jewelry, wooden ware, handknits, candles, cards and much more.

RAC-Open-House-PosterPlease join us for our Holiday Gathering

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the River Artisans will have an Open House from 5–7 p.m. with light refreshments and raffle tickets will be available, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the artists.

Our regular hours are: weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  For more information, call the shop during business hours at 802-869-2099.

November Artist of the Month Carol Keiser’s colorful work will brighten any home

Carol Keiser in her workshop

Carol Keiser in her workshop

November’s Artist of the Month, Carol Keiser, paints on both canvas and tile. She works in her Vermont studio creating rich and colorful images that include scenes of women at leisure, romantic couples, flowers, still-lifes and landscapes. Her work shows influences from having lived in Mexico and visiting other places, like Italy and Costa Rica.

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Keiser’s work includes romantic couples, flowers, and landscapes

Each tile is designed and hand-painted by Keiser, using a palette of glaze colors and kiln-fired for permanence. The tiles can be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, spas, fireplace surrounds, or a single tile can be framed or unframed and enjoyed as a small work of art.

Keiser’s paintings and tile work have been exhibited in galleries in the United States and Mexico and is now at the River Artisans shop. In addition to being a cooperative member, she is a member of the Vermont State Craft Centers, The New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts, and The Newbury Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston.

Her tiles and paintings may be viewed and purchased at The River Artisans at 26B Main St. in Saxtons River, Vt. For more on Carol and her work visit her website at www.carolkeiser.com.

For more information on Carol’s work or the River Artisans Cooperative, call 869-2099, visit www.riverartisans.com, or the shop. The open hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tues.–Fri.; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. New members are always welcome and are encouraged to stop by the shop during business hours.