Pots & Shards
Art on Main, 25 C Main Street, Artists' Alley, Bristol, VT, presents an exhibition of the Paintings of Jean Cannon and the Pottery of Liz Saslaw. The show runs from April 1- April 30. Saturday, April 2, there will be an artist chat from 2-3 p.m. when the artists will discuss their work and respond to questions. Following, from 3-5 p.m., there will be a reception including live music by Henrik Herb and Wyatt Cleveland on guitars. The talk, exhibition and reception are part of a year long series at Bristol's community art center and cooperative artists' gallery which each month features two of the artists whose work the gallery represents. The series is free and open to the public.
Jean Cannon is an experienced painter and art educator who has received various grants and awards for her work which ranges in scope from miniatures to murals. Her medium varies according to the subject and the surface, but current personal preferences are watercolor and oil paints.
Jean's style is based on keen draftsmanship, but not strict realism, and leans toward the surreal. She currently chooses doors and windows and ordinary household objects as her subjects. Current favorite objects are pitchers, broken dishes and eggs, all chosen for their beautiful shapes. Subtlety of color and unexpected perspective are Jean's strengths. Of this group of paintings, she says "Perhaps my choice of subject matter will strike some as a humorous commentary of the age-old tradition of the still life. Or perhaps I have recorded the potsherds for future archaeologists! "
Jean has illustrated books, painted theater sets and designed and executed murals; one entitled "Leaf Cycle" currently graces the Artists' Alley leading to the Art on Main gallery. Also, she has directed the production of murals in a number of schools throughout Vermont and currently teaches drawing and painting classes in the Burlington area where she resides.
Elizabeth Saslaw has been producing York Hill Pottery in Lincoln, Vermont, since 1990, along with Susan Kuehnl. Prior to that they worked individually but shared studio space in Bristol. Their stoneware pottery is both decorative and functional and is designed for every day use.
Liz first became interested in pottery at UVM, where she majored in art history. Susan attended the Philadelphia College of Art, where she studied ceramics, sculpture and painting.
Liz does all the wheel throwing, trimming, kiln firing and marketing while Susan glazes the pots, applies the brush work and loads the two electric kilns. Liz says that "Working together brings out the best in our individual talents and we are inspired by the humor we share and the dogs who loll about us as we work."
For directions or more information, please call Art on Main at 453-4032, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6 and Sunday and Monday by chance or appointment.