This month’s featured artist at the River Artisans Cooperative is painter and collage artist, Jeanette Staley. Her painting career has spanned over 30 years while single parenting three kids and keeping a house, a garden, a small menagerie and various full time jobs.
As proprietor of an art studio in Hudson, Mass. for 12 years, she provided a venue to support emerging visual and performing artists and musicians. Staley taught classes in painting and collage to students of all ages and organized and executed group and individual art exhibits. In 2001 she closed the Art Center relocating to Vermont where she continues to teach and paint. Awarded a Creation Grant through the Vermont Arts Council in 2005, she took this creative opportunity to produce a new series of large works combining painting and collage. These large paintings, often incorporating ripe, curvaceous pears and enticing apples, led to studies of smaller work, eventually finding their way onto boards. Staley’s recent position on a Vermont farm informs her most recent work. Turnips, potatoes and eggplant, cows, chickens and ducks have found their way from the farm into her studio. These small paintings are sold in selective galleries throughout New England.
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