Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery Celebrates Harvest Time, Joins with Vermont Food Bank to Fight Hunger in State

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Artwork Features Fruits, Vegetables; Benefit Aids Neighbors in Need

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Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery

the premier Southern Vermont Art Gallery featuring over 350 artists and artisans

Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery announced it's September exhibition featuring new paintings and pottery as well as the work of over 350 artists and artisans -- primarily from Vermont and other parts of New England. The large southern Vermont contemporary American craft gallery has been and continues to be a cornerstone of the arts in southern Vermont for 40 years.

The Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery has been a key player in the culture of southern Vermont and is participating in the state wide effort to fight hunger in this time of harvest. Owner Greg Worden stated “In this time of bounty, the Vermont Food Bank has asked all take action against hunger by going orange -- the color of hunger.” Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery and the sister store, Kitchen Sync, on Main Street in Brattleboro have taken up the challenge and are offering the public the opportunity to donate $1 toward the project. “Not only will you get an orange bird sticker to show your support, you will be providing six meals for our neighbors in need.” Learn more at the Vermont Food Bank web site.

Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery also announced that for the September Gallery Walk, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, the art of Jeanette Staley will be featured. Her robust, nearly three-dimensional paintings of fruits and vegetables appear to be ready to be plucked from their panels. Staley, who has been working on a farm all summer, has had plenty of tempting subjects to paint. And, as we approach the harvest, they are starting to ripen into new works. Apples, pears, turnips, egg plant, potatoes, and more provide color and temptation for the palate in this exhibit. A portion of sales will go to the Brattleboro Drop-in Center’s food pantry in September.

Also an array of pottery emblazoned with the artful nature drawings by Laura Zindel has just arrived. The stark, yet intricate, drawings are featured on a creamy-colored potter with accents of brown or blue. These new mugs, platters, and expresso cups and saucers feature a wonderful array of bugs, roosters, birds, feathers, spiders and plants. Complete sets of dinnerware incorporating these and other designs may be ordered from Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery. If you haven’t seen them, you should stop by or check them out on the new Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery web site.
To complement the gallery atmosphere, new and old favorites will be performed by young pianist Jon Matthew from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, in the upstairs Gallery 2. “If you haven’t heard him play, you’re in for a treat.”

American Craft Week, Open Studios, Just Around the Corner in October. “As you wander through the Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery, you realize that Vermont is a treasure-trove of fine craftsmanship and artistry. This is even more evident on Oct. 6 and 7, the Vermont Crafts Council’s Open Studio Weekend, when more than 150 craftspeople around the state open their studios to the public.” Maps are available at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery.

This Vermont celebration is part of the larger, national American Craft Week, which takes place from Oct. 5 – 14 this year throughout the country. (See Greg, from Vermont Artisan Designs, has been on the steering committee of ACW since its inception. And, once again this year, the state of Vermont has proclaimed October as American Craft Month to celebrate the amazing work being done throughout the state.

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