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Warmth & Whimsy
Exhibit Dates: Nov 20 - Dec 30
Opening Reception: Saturday December 2, 5:30-7pm



Warmth & Whimsy features bright & joyful animal paintings by Essex Junction painter Joan MacKenzie and vibrant & cozy woven chenille wearables by Janii Peterson of Buel's Gore. 

Self-taught artist Joan MacKenzie loves animals and bold colors--the combination prompted her to learn to paint. She has spent many happy hours photographing pikas in their mountain homes, moose in the woods, and zebras and giraffes at the zoo. Back at home, she captures their personalities with watercolors or acrylics. Bright colors are used in unusual ways to jazz up the animals or to enhance their habitats. Since the first time she was surprised by a pika in the hills of Wyoming, she has been fascinated by them. In painting pikas, Joan has had to exaggerate the colors in their natural habitat to satisfy her color passion--greys, browns, greens become reds, purples, and turquoises. The world of Joan's pikas, and their friends, is partly real and partly a product of her colorful imagination.

Animals have fascinated her since childhood when she'd line up her stuffed friends at the top of the bed and then snuggle around them to find room to sleep.  Joan has never met an animal that she didn't have the urge to name. Joan considers the animals to be long lasting characters and friends and wants to share each one with as many people as possible.


Janii Peterson is a handweaver from Buel's Gore. Her luminous, zesty and velvety-soft handwoven chenille scarves and jackets are a welcome and wearable gift for anyone.



For more information, please contact Carolyn at Art on Main, 453-4032 or info@artonmain.net

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