PRESS RELEASE: Henry Gorski Retrospective, Union Station, Burlington

The Henry Gorski Retrospective:ART AS EVIDENCE OF SCIENCE

WHO: Presented by the Institute of Conflict Analysis

WHAT: The Henry Gorski Retrospective: Art as Evidence of Science

WHERE: Main Street Landing’s Union Station, 1 Main Street Burlington, VT

WHEN: Opening reception Saturday July 9, 2011 5-8PM

Exhibition open to the public July 9 – August 31, 2011

Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM, Saturdays 12-4PM

Guided tours and discussion: 5:30PM Thursdays July 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18, 25 & Friday August 5

HOW: This exhibition is free and open to the public

Reservations for guided tours may be secured by emailing:

The Henry Gorski Retrospective: Art as Evidence of Science is an exhibit of striking art and visionary science. The exhibit brings together the canvases of the late Henry Gorski (1918–2010), a leader of the Figurative Expressionist movement, with the scientific insight of Dr. Albert Levis, a noted social psychiatrist and creativity scholar. Linking art and science, this retrospective presents a radically new way of looking at art, locating each painting within a continuum of the artist’s personal growth and transformation through creative discovery.

Active from the 1950s’- 90’s, Gorski, a colleague of Andy Warhol, Elaine de Kooning, and Bob Rauschenberg, redefined the dimensions of modern art. Famed for his sports lithographs, Gorski has also won critical acclaim for his political paintings, mixed-media collages, and self-portrait series.

Dr. Levis, of Manchester Vermont, owns the Wilburton Inn and directs the Museum of the Creative Process, a research and learning center dedicated to the scientific study of creativity. Levis first became associated with Gorski in the 1970’s when they partnered to study art as a conflict resolution mechanism. This exhibit also celebrates the publication of Levis’ latest book, Science Stealing the Fire of the Gods, a study of the intersection of science and art and a guide to the exhibits of the Museum of the Creative Process.

Recently featured at the Chafee Art Center in Rutland VT, where it received rave reviews, this exceptional exhibit brings together the provocative artwork of Gorski, the scholarship of Dr. Levis, and the elegant facilities of Main Street Landing’s Historic Union Station.

Guided tours will be held each week, providing a detailed explanation and analysis of the paintings. Following each tour, Museum of the Creative Process staff will lead a discussion on the relevance of the exhibit and the themes of creativity and science, religion and psychology, and emotional education.

The Gorski Retrospective demonstrates the conflict resolution process present within any artist’s lifework, linking individual canvasses into a formal and meaningful progression, a visual clarification of the emotional journey towards wisdom.”- Dr. Albert Levis

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:Mark Puryear 802.777.7757 or Albert Levis 802.379.6350,

Hello Strawberries, Popsicles, Lemonade, Fresh Cut Lawns, Swimming & Starry Skies

A rainbow-y print for a rainbow-y day. (Print by vicinity studio).

New Works: Leah Giberson

Spartan Manor (sold)

Boston artist and longtime Poppytalk Handmade participant, Leah Giberson is returning to Nahcotta this month with a solo show of 19 new paintings. Leah always amazes me with her skill to paint chrome and her subject of vintage trailers and outdoor lawn furniture leave me wishing I was living in every one of her paintings. If you’re in the Portsmouth area this coming Friday evening, stop by to say hello. If you’re unable to see the show in person, the work is also available on Nahcotta’s Web site here.

June 29 – July 31, 2011
Opening reception: July 1, 5-8pm
110 Congress St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801


poppytalk handmade: table 61

Summer Loungers

Palm Springs Airstream (sold)

Return ToFrolic

Amy Rice Letterpress/Sign Press Contest (of sorts)

new print rack

Artist Amy Rice bought a 1940’s Line-o-Scribe Letterpress/ Sign Press at an antique sale last fall. She also bought a bunch of antique atlases for art making about the same time and it turned out they were a great size and weight for the press. The idea of song lyrics about place/ travel/ journey on maps was exciting for her because it fits in thematically with her other work, and because she loves music.

Here's where you come in (and the contest): Amy has created a certain criteria for her song lyric map prints which you can read here. If you can suggest to her a song lyric to go with this series and she uses it, she will mail you one of the prints for free on the state or country of your choosing. You may leave your suggestion at her flickr or her Amy Rice Art Face Book Page:!/pages/Amy-Rice- Click here for more info.

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PRESS RELEASE: New shows at SPACE and BACKSPACE, Burlington

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Figures and Faces
work by Catherine Hall
July 1 - July 30

Opening Reception, First Friday Art Walk: July 1, 5-9pm
Catherine Hall has been making plaster and wax faces cast from distorted latex molds for over a decade, using recycled flea-market dolls and animals. She has incorpora ted the doll's bodies into small figures, and made small encaustic paintings of doll's and children's faces. Hall wants the works to embody all of the emotions evoked by our childhood memories, you will see a wide range of this work throughout July at The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery.

image: Frog Boy, by Catherine Hall
The Backspace

Dead Men Tell No Tales
by Adam DeVarney
July 1 - July 30

Opening Reception: First Friday July 1, 5-9pm
DeVarney delves into the heart and soul of fighter pilots past, and lost voyagers of space and time. Vagabonds of the great beyond, these haunting characters search for love, lust, and revenge. Traveling up from an exhibit in Manhattan, this series portrays a collection of weary and weathered ghosts of aviation by a South End, Burlington artist.
The Backspace is pleased to showcase this series of work, with an additional new series of limited edition prints by the artist through the month of July.

image: "Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Dispatches from Sweden

Contributor post by Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day

Greetings from a summery Sweden. Here, some pictures from an interesting exhibition (sorry only in Swedish) that me, my colleague Katarina and her dog, Perro visited today. Woodworkers, crafts people and designers have decorated sheds in the purpose to stimulate interest in locally produced and sustainable materials. The sheds that are located in Nääs/Gothenburg, is all decorated individual. I especially enjoyed these two. 

This shed is designed for the urban family who longs for a house in the country. The shed includes folding beds and tables, built-in benches with storage and a small kitchenette. Compact, flexible, plain. And good looking.
The orange pattern "Tallhyo" is made by Stig Lindberg.

This shed is a timber in the traditional way but has a different layout. The timber is visible inside and the ceiling is covered with birch bark. The door can be folded out to create a small glass veranda. The newly manufactured windows are made in a manner that was common around 1900."


Elisabeth Dunker is an independent cross-disciplined designer/artist. Holds a MFA from HDK, School of Design and Crafts in Sweden. She also works as a photographer in Gothenburg, Sweden where she lives.  Visit her online here:


Cool Decorating Trick: Drawer Knobs for for Hooks

Photo credit: Carole Whiting who has a lovely shop in Australia and her husband at

Varied sizes of wooden knobs used as hooks.  Such a great idea for a bathroom or even entrance area.  Via Bodie and Fou.

PRESS RELEASE: Unveiling and Opening of work by Karen Petersen at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph

Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph will receive a monumental gift on July 15 in the form of a large abstract sculpture donated by Braintree artist Karen Petersen. It is the final installation in Chandler’s extensive and exciting renovation making it a vibrant focus of the arts in the Central Vermont community. The dedication begins at 5 pm and will be followed by a gala reception in the Gallery for Petersen’s exhibit, The Gift – Karen Petersen Retrospective, of sculpture and paintings.

The sculpture that was created for Chandler is still under wraps and will not be on view until the dedication, but board President Janet Watton and Director Becky McMeekin worked with the sculptor to choose a piece that reflects Chandler’s place in the community. To date, the sculpture does not have a name. Based on her experiences installing public art pieces in Connecticut and as a way of encouraging engagement, she plans to let the community interact with the Chandler piece and offer suggestions for titles.

Petersen describes her piece as “a bronze abstract piece that symbolizes what I have seen happen to children and adults as they participate in so many ways in the various activities generated by Chandler. The sculpture is in the form of an opening seed that is also the opening of the human heart and mind to potential, to joy, to the excitement of sharing talents and good will.”

A lifelong artist and educator with an international reputation, Petersen feels strongly that for a public sculpture to find a place in the visual culture of a community, there needs to be dialogue and education. The retrospective exhibit communicates her artistic process and showcases a career of luminous and contemplative artistic achievement. Activities during the two-month exhibit will include talks by the artist and tours for local schools in the early fall.

The paintings and sculptures in the Petersen Retrospective will be on display through September 25. The summer is the perfect time to be immersed in Petersen’s organic sculptural forms and her “Landscapes of the Heart” painting series. Explore how she visually expresses that “I create what my hands see and feel, ignoring fashion and embracing the lessons I have learned from teachers, past masters and a life of conflict and beauty.”

Chandler Gallery is located at 71-73 Main Street in Randolph. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4-6 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 PM, or may be scheduled by appointment by calling 802-431-0204.

Image: Karen Petersen working on a piece in Shanghai

PRESS RELEASE: Craig Mooney at Gallery North Star in Grafton

Gallery North Star, 151 Townshend Road, presents a solo show of new oil paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Craig Mooney.

The exhibition will run from July 9 through August 7. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For more information call (802) 843- 2465 or visit the gallery's website at

Acclaimed for his emotionally-charged landscapes, Craig Mooney's paintings draw viewers into scenes of mystery that awaken memories and feelings of previously experienced times and places. With this body of work, Mooney expands his horizons with forays into pieces based on rural structures and the human figure. Highly textured and imbued with an innate feeling of motion, the paintings impart an inherent ambiguity that bridges both the impressionist and abstract worlds.

Sought by collectors worldwide, Craig Mooney's shows are highly anticipated events. He has recently been the subject of solo shows in London and Milan and has been profiled in American Art Collector magazine.

Gallery North Star, located in historic Grafton, Vermont, is dedicated to presenting a diverse selection of work by Vermont's and New England's finest artists in a unique setting. The gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Image: Sunset Clouds, 30x50"

PRESS RELEASE: Deidre Scherer Open Studio in South Newfane

Deidre Scherer's OPEN STUDIO on July 16 & 17
Saturday & Sunday from 10am til 6pm
for the 2011 Rock River Artists Tour

Originals in fabric-on-layered-thread, torn-paper weavings, a commission in progress, and a full-scale self-portrait. Start at Scherer’s studio or at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane, VT, to preview samples of all 18 artists, and pick up a map of studio locations.

For general information about the Tour, call 802-348-7865 or visit - or email Scherer directly at

Image: Florence, by Deidre Scherer, thread on layered fabric, 11 x 10 inches, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Paul Gruhler and Marion Stegner at the Miller's Thumb Gallery in Greensboro

You are cordially invited to the opening reception of - Bold & Beautiful - Saturday, July 9, 5-7 pm, at the Miller's Thumb Gallery in Greensboro, Vermont. The exhibit will include some of Paul Gruhler’s most recent paintings, as well as jewelry by Marion Stegner.

The exhibit may be viewed Thursday - Monday, 11-6 pm, July 7th -31st, at the Miller’s Thumb Gallery - 14 Breezy Ave, Greensboro, VT.

Gruhler’s paintings explore vertical and horizontal relationships in space, the harmony and tension within color, line and form. He employs surfaces and paint textures to explore further the possibilities of the medium, working on large and small scale square surfaces of linen or paper using highly saturated acrylic color.

Marion designs and creates fine jewelry using precious and semiprecious stones set in both gold and silver. The beauty of Marion's jewelry arises from the harmony she creates between the stones and their settings as she unites primitive stones and fine metals to create distinctive works of art.

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