To Everything...There is a Season
Reed A. Prescott III
If you travel the roads of central Vermont you may on occasion see painter Reed A. Prescott III. His realistic landscapes are worked onsite and capture a time and place that is recognized by all who view his work. His love for Vermont and its people give his work a sense of familiarity and that feeling of home to all who have experienced life in Vermont.
Reed is one of New England's premier artists and illustrators. He is the first Vermonter to win the prestigious Vermont Duck Stamp Competition and the only artist to win the competition twice. His
painting "Twin Maple Farms" was selected by the Vermont Department of Agriculture to represent Vermont agriculture. He is the illustrator of ten books, including Floyd Scholz Birds of Prey, perhaps the definitive study of raptors and has also illustrated books for naturalist writer Ron Rood whose capstone examination of the Vermont wilderness and the New England coast (Ron Rood's Vermont and Beachcombers All) each have over 100 of Reed's pen and ink illustrations.
A graduate of the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Prescott lives in Lincoln, Vermont, with his wife and two sons. www.prescottgalleries.com
Jim Cunningham of Bristol, Vermont, has made rustic furniture using reclaimed wood from local sawers with portable saw mills for five years. He holds several private rustic workshops each year but now focusses most of his attention on making pens.
In 2002, the National Wildlife Federation in Montpelier asked Jim to make Forest Stewardship Council pens for them from Vermont hardwoods. FSC wood is harvested from a certified managed woodlot. Cunningham says that "After making my first pen, I was hooked and after making a few thousand they're still as exciting to make as the first one. A turning lathe is very addictive; once you turn it on, it's almost impossible to turn it off."
When making his pens, Jim uses only reclaimed wood from a wide variety of sources that includes elm from the Vermont State House elm planted in the 1850s when it had to be removed, He also collects lilac from the Shelburne Museum after they prune each March, and for the past two years has been invited by the Museum to demonstrate turning pens where you will find him one day a week. "I think it's very important for me to use wood that would have gone to waste. It's a wonderful feeling to make a pen out of wood someone threw away and show them later how beautiful the wood is, to make something that is so useful and beautiful." www.moosemaple.com
Art on Main, 25 C Main Street, Artists' Alley, Bristol, VT, presents an exhibition of the woodworking of Jim Cunningham and the paintings of Reed A. Prescott III, December 1-31. Saturday, December 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. 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.
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.