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1st floor Merrill Community Room - Erika Lawlor Schmidt
Every spring Erika waits for the sights and sounds of birds, frogs, bees and animals returning to her surrounding hills and forests. This relationship to the natural world and understanding its delicate balance is integral to her very being, a link to her youth and a real hope for the sustenance and wellness for her children and grandchildren. A reasonable route and motivation for her work as an artist is now compelled by and linked to forms of activism in support of efforts and legislation to protect wild places and wildlife.
She has for a long time, been focused on making work about the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things, a kindred spirit to Eastern philosophies. This recent series of monotypes is celebratory yet elegiac not exactly different from earlier work, except that she has created this primarily for children. Playful, imaginary in color and scale, the images are meant to prompt inquiry and invite children to identify the mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects and to then perhaps to write about them, a poem or story that comes from what they know, what they are curious about or what they imagine. A child’s creative process is important, sharing what we create is important and the discussion about our fragile relationship with all living creatures on this miraculous planet is important. The role of artists today is to create awareness and platforms for action.
2nd Floor Pierson Room - Adrienne Ginter
Ginter’s approach to making art is that of an exploration into the reoccurring oddities and subtle fascinations of the natural world. The uniqueness of it all provides her with aesthetic inspiration, and she draws parallels between these narratives and the stories of human beings- whether from ancient myths, history, or her own personal experiences.
Every scene in nature tells a million little stories, and she works to incorporate an extreme amount of detail to tell not only the macro, but the micro stories in a scene. This gives the viewer a greater sense of depth, not only visually, but narratively, depending on how close they choose to engage with the piece.
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Entrance Gallery (front Foyer): Hope Johnson, Bee Quilts.
Hope’s background in art began with both of her parents who were art teachers in public and private schools in New York and New Jersey. She has a BA in Psychology and certification in art education from Montclair State University where she studied fiber art with instructor Carol Westfall.
In 1984, after taking an evening class in quilting, Hope continued to quilt using original designs inspired by the natural world especially the honeybee hive, and has branched out into figurative subjects as well.
Since 2010, through her work as Vermont Quilt Bee, she has collaborated with quilters, gardeners and beekeepers for inspiration and mutual support. Every year, Hope creates an original honeybee themed quilt for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s auction to raise funds for beekeeping education; this year, the EAS summer conference was held in Shepardsville, Kentucky and “Kentucky Honeybee”, a small wall quilt, raised $700.00 for the cause. She created a coat-of-arms design that incorporates goldenrod, the Kentucky State Flower, and a worker honeybee.
Hope has demonstrated and taught quilting to adults and “Honeybee Geometry” to children through local quilt guilds, bee-themed events, and non-profit organizations including Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. For a free tutorial by Hope on machine piecing hexagons, go to www.shelburnemuseum.org/museum-from-home/technique . Her website is www.vermontquiltbee.com .