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Jen Labie
George Todd

On The Other Hand

An exhibition of
pottery and paintings
December 1 - 31

With artists' reception
December 5th,  5 - 8pm
Featuring musical entertainment

For the month of December, Art on Main features two artists whose work is inspired by the symmetry and patterns of composition.

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George B. Todd is Professor Emeritus of Music at Middlebury College. Upon his retirement in 1997, he decided to shift his compositional energies from the aural to the visual arts, a transition he made with surprising ease as many of the issues confronting a composer also challenge the painter.

Todd considers his painting closely related to his music. "I think my music is visual," he says, " and my painting is audible. I'm always thinking in terms of rhythmic gesture, whether in time or in space. Other musical issues - texture, dynamic, harmony, counterpoint, etc., have direct analogs in painting. I see what I hear and hear what I see."

George was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 1999. Affected primarily on his right side - he is right handed - he now does much of his work left handed or two handed. He has discovered that the left hand has a different personality from the right and does things that would not have occurred to him had he worked right-handedly.

Jen Labie

Jen Labie received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. She studied pottery, batik and silk painting in Florence, Italy and continued to focus on majolica painting in Faenza. Currently she has a studio in Ferrisbugh and teaches both batik and pottery. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout Vermont.

Because of her attraction to functional art, she likes the concept of integrating art into our daily lives. She finds creating an object with a purpose without sacrificing aesthetics to be continually rewarding.

Her love of symmetry, patterns and especially radial designs has inspired her work. While studying in Italy, experimentation with majolica glazing piqued her interest in the relationship between negative space and color.

She enjoys working in different mediums and focuses on form, shape and function when working with clay, striving for elegant and simple forms. When painting on silk, it is the colors and the overall design being created that absorb her. Each medium becomes an extension of herself in a different way.

The public is invited to meet potter Jen Labie whose body of work also includes batik and silk paintings, and painter George Todd who upon his retirement as Professor of Music from Middlebury College, began to paint. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the evening of December 5, at Art on Main, community art center and gallery located in the Deerleap Books building in the historical heart of Bristol, Vermont. Musical entertainment will also be part of the reception, and the opening is being held in conjunction with Bristol's Cool Yule festivities which begin that evening with a tree lighting on the green at 7 p.m.

For directions or more information, call Art on Main at 802-453-4032. All artwork is subject to prior sale. The show begins December 1 and runs through December 31, 2003.

Gloria J. Karch, Manager

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Art on Main
25C Main Street
Bristol VT.
802 453-4032