LandShapes: Nostalgia & Myth
Art on Main, 25 C Main Street, Artists' Alley, Bristol, VT, presents an exhibition of hand-colored photographs by Victoria Blewer and jewelry by Bill Butler. The show runs from June 1-June 30. Saturday, June 4, 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 Susan Wright on harp accompanied by students on flute. 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 artists whose work the gallery represents. The series is free and open to the public.
Victoria Blewer left the chaos and clutter of New York City in 1986 to devote herself full time to fine art photography in the quiet hills of Vermont, living in Lincoln with her husband and daughter. Victoria is a graduate of Smith College and refined her art with classes at the New School in New York, the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, and the University of Vermont.
Victoria works entirely with black and white films and then she hand-colors the images. As a result of her distinctive hand-coloring style, many of her images take on a dreamlike quality and others an elegiac nostalgia.
Her photographs have been featured in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Vermont Life, Vermont Magazine and Yankee Magazine, and her work has won numerous national and regional awards. Most recently, those awards have included: the Distinguished Artist Award for Two Dimensional Art at the Stratton Arts Festival; First Place for Photography at the Washington Square Art Exhibit, NYC for both Spring 2000 and 2001; and the International Women's Competition at the Erector Square Gallery in New Haven, CT. www.victoriablewer.com
Bill Butler is a jewelry artist who live in Jericho, Vermont. He has been designing and making jewelry since 1972. He works in a variety of metals; gold, silver, platinum and bronze and incorporates his lifelong fascination with minerals in the abundant use of stones in his work.
Under his business name, Nature and Myth Jewelry Designs, Bill creates pieces that reflect his interaction with nature, particularly water. In the National Geographic book, Exploring America's Scenic Highways, Bill's work was praised for its water-like imagery. His work also reflects his travels and his interest in nonwestern cultures that inspire many of his designs, utilizing Celtic, Maya and Aztec images.
Bill works his love of nature into all parts of his life. Of particular interest to him is a water quality science program that he began at his local high school. Students work on specific water-related projects during the school year for which they earn extra science credit, receive an award and even earn money. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he is also one of the creators of the Teleboard, a downhill telemark skiboard.
For directions or more information, please call Art on Main at 453-4032, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6 and Sunday 12-5.