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Art on Main, 25 C Main Street, Bristol, VT, presents an exhibition of watercolors by Florence Shattuck and fine furniture by Dale Helms, August 1-31. Saturday, August 7, 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. 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.

Florence Shattuck has been a watercolorist for the past thirty years. She lived on a working dairy farm with her husband in Monkton, Vermont for thirty-eight years while raising four children. Currently, she lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Her love of the arts started at a young age, sharing this love with her father who was a Swiss-trained lace designer. Florence has studied watercolor with Harrison Hampel at the University of Vermont and exhibited her work in numerous locations throughout the State. Her work is inspired by the colors and textures in gardens and the Vermont landscape. Florence has chosen the watercolor media because she loves its spontaneity and translucency.

Dale Helms is a self-taught woodworker who started making furniture in 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio. Since his move to New England in 1982, he has made his livelihood as a woodworker and now lives with his family in Monkton, Vermont, where he has his studio.

The contemporary furniture that Dale creates reflects his belief that it is important to surround ourselves with artifacts imbued with peace and quietude in our increasingly hectic world. He strives to capture intimacy in his work by paying careful attention to detail. Inspiration often starts with the wood itself, each piece being selected for both its aesthetic appeal and practical suitability. During the process from rough cutting of the lumber to the final planing, sanding and finishing, Dale stands back to watch what is taking shape and makes the minutest of adjustments as ideas reveal themselves. This is what makes each piece of furniture unique.

For directions or more information, please call Art on Main at 802-453-4032, or e-mail info@artonmain.net. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6 and Sunday, 12-5.

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