Ancient Techniques, New Visions
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Art on Main, 25 C Main Street, Bristol, VT, presents an exhibition of jewelry by Collette Fortin and the Chinese brush paintings of Karla Van Vliet, July 1- July 31. Sunday, July 4, there will be an artist chat from 2-3 p.m., when the artists will discuss their work and respond to questions. Following, until 5 p.m. there will be a reception which will include poetry readings by Yinglei Zhang who is a Chinese artist and teacher. The talk, exhibition and reception are part of a yearlong 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.
Collette M. Fortin came to the medium of jewelry after a long career in fashion design, deciding to return to the Fashion Institute of Technology to explore the field of jewelry design. After obtaining her degree in 1995, she began a lengthy apprenticeship with the famous goldsmith, Marne Ryan. She has traveled extensively in Mexico and Guatemala visiting Maya sites and uses their creation myths in her glyph jewelry. It is her mission to "create something of beauty and to help educate the public about the fascinating Mayan culture." .
Each piece created is unique and utilizes the piercework process: silkscreening the design on the metal, then cutting it into the silver or gold by hand and finally mounting an unusual gemstone. For this exhibit, Collette has created new pieces which feature designs influenced by Asian themes to compliment the Chinese brush paintings of her co-exhibitor.
Karla Van Vliet, a seventh generation Vermonter, is a published poet who received her MFA in poetry from Vermont College. Two years ago she began showing her Chinese brush paintings at local Vermont galleries. She came to Chinese brush painting after becoming fascinated with the often poetic layering of images which make up Kanji characters. She has found that within the precise rules which have governed the medium for centuries there is space for accident and spontaneity which gives life to the painting.
Of the many styles developed over the last 3000 years, Karla uses the "free style" which possesses three distinctive qualities: simplicity, spontaneity and balance. The painting strives to capture the inner spirit of the subject. Her choice of subject matter has been strongly influenced by the Vermont landscape which is in her blood.
Yinglei Zhang, Chinese artist and teacher, has an advanced certificate in Chinese classical literature and a M.A. in Art Education. She has taught Chinese at Green Mountain College and has also been teaching Chinese Painting and Calligraphy and the Art of Chinese Tea
at many institutions in Vermont. Yinglei resides in Middlebury, VT.
For directions or more information, please call Art on Main at 802-453-4032, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6 and Sunday, 12-5.